Katie Ledecky Amasses Most World Titles in Swimming History By an Individual 

Katie Ledecky has cemented her place as one of the greatest athletes in American history and in the pool. Ledecky surpassed Michael Phelps for most career individual world swimming titles after winning her 16th gold medal.

The legendary U.S. Olympian earned her 16th world title after winning the 800-meter freestyle in a time of 8:08.87 at the 2023 World Aquatic Championships in Fukuoka, Japan. She defeated second-place finisher, Li Bingjie of China, by 4.44 seconds.

This feat means she’s broken one of Michael Phelps’ all-time records. Ledecky also became the first-ever swimmer to win six consecutive world championships in the same event.

The 26-year-old reflected on the incredible feat: “It’s special. I really didn’t even know I was going to achieve that until people started telling me. It’s cool,” the seven-time Olympic gold medallist said.

She added: “I’m happy with that swim. I wanted it to be a little better, but I’ll take it. I’m really pleased with how the week went.”

The week before, Ledecky tied Phelps when she dominated the 1,500-meter freestyle for her fifth world title in that event.

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