Katie Ledecky Wins 400m Freestyle Gold Medal at World Aquatics Championships

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJuly 23, 2017

United States' Katie Ledecky competes in a a women's 400-meter freestyle heat during the swimming competitions of the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, July 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
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Katie Ledecky won the 400-metre freestyle gold Sunday at the 2017 World Aquatics Championships.

Per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com), Ledecky set a new championships record of three minutes, 58.34 seconds as she stormed home.

Ledecky was fastest through the heats and continued her form in the final as she held off American Leah Smith with ease in Budapest, Hungary.

No one could match Ledecky's class, and she once again proved her magnificence in the discipline.

Per Fina.orgLedecky is the only swimmer to win the event on three separate occasions at the championships.

Li Bingjie of China claimed the bronze behind Smith.