Katie Ledecky celebrates after winning the women's 400-meter freestyle final and setting a world record at the U.S. nationals of swimming, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Irvine, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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American teen Katie Ledecky set a world record in the 400-meter freestyle at the U.S. National Championships in California Saturday, while Michael Phelps struggled home in sixth in the 100-meter backstroke.The 17-year-old Ledecky clocked 3 minutes, 58.86 seconds to better the previous record of 3:59.15 held by Italy's Federica Pellegrini. Ledecky, who became the first American to hold the 400, 800 and 1,500 freestyle world records at the same time since Janet Evans, took her latest record-breaking performance in stride.Ledecky, the reigning 400 world champion, came close to the world record with a time of 3:59.89 in the morning heats.When Ledecky touched at 300 more than 1.5 seconds ahead of Pellegrini's mark, a world record seemed almost a formality.
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