Katie Ledecky of the U.S. competes. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
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Katie Ledecky breezed to her third gold medal of the world championships, backing off a bit on her most grueling night of the meet.Ledecky captured the 1,500-meter freestyle by more than half the length of the pool Tuesday, and returned just 49 minutes later to post the fastest time in the semifinals of the 200 free.King, racing right beside her, was the one who came through when it really counted. She got off to a blistering start and led all the way, touching in 1 minute, 4.13 seconds to shave 0.22 off the Lithuanian's mark from the 2013 worlds in Barcelona.Ledecky covered the metric mile in 15:31.82 – more than 6 seconds off her world-record pace from the world championships in Kazan, Russia, two years ago.Peaty's preliminaries time of 26.10 shaved 0.32 seconds off the standard he set at the 2015 worlds in Kazan.
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