BUDAPEST: Italy’s Thomas Ceccon set a world document within the males’s 100 backstroke and Katie Ledecky claimed one more gold on the swimming world championships on Monday.
Ceccon shocked the competitors in Budapest by clocking 51.60 seconds to shave 0.15 seconds off the earlier greatest mark set by American Ryan Murphy on the 2016 Olympics.
“Yesterday I swam 52.1, very simple,” Ceccon mentioned. “I’m feeling good in water and simply doing my race, staying calm and specializing in my race. And that’s it.”
Murphy completed second, 0.37 seconds behind, adopted by compatriot Hunter Armstrong, 0.38 behind Ceccon.
“Hats off to Thomas,” Murphy mentioned of seeing his document crushed. “That’s a extremely, actually quick time and it’s going to be an thrilling couple of years.”
Whereas the younger mustached Italian claimed his first world title, the veteran Ledecky prolonged her document title haul to 17 along with her fourth within the 1,500 freestyle.
Ledecky by no means seemed threatened and clocked 15:30.15 — slightly below 10 seconds greater than her world document from 2018 – to complete 14.74 seconds forward of fellow American Katie Grimes.
Ledecky punched the water in delight then embraced her teammate.
“To share this second along with her is admittedly particular,” Ledecky mentioned.
The 16-year-old Grimes is the second youngest medalist within the 1,500 at a worlds since Ledecky gained it for the primary time in 2013.
“I used to be actually nervous main as much as it as a result of it’s my first world championships and Group USA has been doing an excellent job, so I needed to maintain that going,” Grimes mentioned.
Ledecky additionally gained in 2015 and 2017 and has a minimum of 4 world titles within the every of the 1,500, 800 and 400 freestyle occasions. Solely compatriot Michael Phelps additionally gained a minimum of 4 gold medals in three totally different swimming occasions on the worlds.
“I don’t suppose that anybody can be topping Katie for a short while, however I undoubtedly suppose it’s a objective for everybody shifting ahead,” mentioned Australia’s Lani Pallister, who completed third, 18.81 off Ledecky’s tempo. “She’s undoubtedly set the usual of distance swimming on this planet.”
Pallister’s bronze was her nation’s first medal on this race. The 1,500 freestyle was the one girls’s occasion at a worlds wherein an Australian swimmer had not reached the rostrum.
Italy’s Simona Quadarella, who was second quickest in qualifying, completed fifth, greater than half a minute behind.
Regan Smith bought one other gold for america within the girls’s 100 backstroke, clocking 58.22 to complete 0.18 forward of Canadian rival Kylie Masse with one other American, Claire Curzan, ending third.
Then Italy’s present started with Ceccon.
He’s the second Italian man to set a world document in lengthy course swimming after Giorgio Lambert. Lambert held the document within the males’s 200 freestyle from 1989-99.
Italy’s Benedetta Pilato adopted up by profitable the ladies’s 100 breaststroke in 1:05.93, 0.05 forward of Germany’s Anna Elendt and 0.09 forward of Lithuania’s Rūta Meilutytė.
The 17-year-old Pilato, who couldn’t include her delight, is the youngest Italian swimmer to win gold at a worlds.
She introduced her nation’s tally of golds to 3, already as many as Italy’s swimmers ever managed at a earlier worlds.
Additionally, Romania’s David Popovici set a world junior document to win the lads’s 200 meters in 1:43.21 – 1.26 seconds forward of the competitors.