AKUATIK, Sixteen-year-old Katie Ledecky smashed the 1500 metres freestyle world record on a great day for the
USA which brought three world
crowns for the Stars and Stripes team. Ledecky prevailed in a monumental duel
defending champion Lotte Friis, while Missy Franklin and Matt Grevers grabbed
the golds in their respective 100m backstroke finals. Fellow Olympic champion
Ruta Meilutyte, born just two days after Ledecky, came tantalisingly close to
her own second world record in two days but still celebrated an historic first
world title in the 50m pool for independent Lithuania in the 100m breaststroke.
Ledecky, who won the 400m freestyle on Day 1, and Friis fought neck and neck in the 30-length pool marathon, the American edging clear in the final 100 metres to win in 15:36.53. Friis, world silver medallist in 2009 and champion in 2011, was also inside the 15:42.54 world mark set by Kate Ziegler in
, on June 17, 2007. Lauren Boyle
(NZL), Mission Viejo, California Barcelona
400m freestyle bronze medallist, came through strongly in the later stages to
claim another bronze in 15:44.71.
Meilutyte finished a shade outside the world record 1:04.35 she clocked in the 100m breaststroke semi-finals, sweeping to the gold in 1:04.42, a time still inside the 1:04.45 world mark which had stood to Jessica Hardy (USA) since August 2009. Yuliya Efimova (RUS), world silver medallist in 2009, was the only swimmer to finish within a second of the Lithuanian, taking the silver in 1:05.02. Hardy, world silver medallist in 2005, scooped the bronze in 1:05.52