Katie Ledecky sets second world record; Phelps out a winner
Michael Phelps' return to the pool a success at the Pan Pacific Championships.
The Pan Pacific Championships in Australia were supposed to be headlined by Michael Phelps' return to international competition. Phelps swam well, but 17-year-old Katie Ledecky stole the show.
Ledecky's meet culminated Sunday with her second world record, this one in the 1,500-meter freestyle where she clocked in six seconds faster than her previous mark, coming in at 15 minutes, 28.36 seconds. She also broke her own world record in the 400 freestyle.
"I knew it was my last race of the meet, and last race of the season," Ledecky told the Associated Press. "I've had a really good season. I wanted to finish on a good note. I didn't want to walk away from the meet with a 'That was OK' feeling -- I dug in deep for the last 50. Put it all in there."
Ledecky finished the meet with four gold medals.
Phelps, the world's most decorated Olympian, finished with three golds of his own and a narrow miss in the 200-meter individual medley.
"It was, I think, a successful year," Phelps told the AP. "Obviously I'd like to win every single race I swim in. But [that] doesn't always happen. It was a learning experience, that's most important."
Phelps took home gold in two relay events, as well as the 100-meter butterfly. He also left with two silvers.
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