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The American swimmer won the 400m freestyle in Budapest. The 25-year-old swimmer holds the record for the most gold medals in world championships.

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American swimmer Katie Ledecky won the gold medal in the 400m freestyle at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest.

Her result was 3 minutes 58.15 seconds, which is a new world championship record. Second place went to 15-year-old Canadian Summer McIntosh (3:59.39), and third place went to American Leah Smith (4:02.08).

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Ledecky, 25, has won her 16th gold medal at the World Championships. This is a record, her closest American competitor Simon Manuel has 11 gold medals. In men, the record holder for this indicator is Michael Phelps (26).

Ledecky is also a seven-time Olympic champion (one of only seven women in all sports to win seven gold medals).

The World Championship in Budapest will last until July 3. Russian and Belarusian athletes do not take part in it due to suspension from international competitions.

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