by: CIARAN FAHEY, Associated Press
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Katie Ledecky extended her world swimming championship medal record to 22 with her latest win in the 800-meter freestyle on Friday.
Ledecky clocked 8:08.04 to win the event for the eighth consecutive time at the world championships or the Olympics.
She finished more than 10 seconds ahead of her rivals. Australian Kiah Melverton was 10.73 behind in second and Italian Simona Quadarella 10.96 behind in third.
Ledecky was within four seconds of the world record she set at the 2016 Olympics.
It is his 19th gold medal at the world championships and his fourth this week. She helped the United States win the 4x200m freestyle relay final on Wednesday, two days after winning the 1,500m freestyle, two days after winning the 400m freestyle on the first day of racing in Budapest.
Ledecky has the most medals for a swimmer in world championship history. Only Michael Phelps, who has won 26, has more.
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