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A stunning star rises in Kazan pool! On Ledecky feats US tops medal table

       The United States ended up on top of the medal standings at the 2015 FINA World Champion-ships, concluded at Kazan, Russia, racking up a total of 8 golds, 10 silvers and 5 bronze medals at the conclusion of the meet.

      Remarkably, Katie Ledecky, the rising pool-prodigy, was responsible, either in whole or in part, for an astounding 5 of those gold medals, as the 18-year old came out  a comfortable winner in the 200m-400m-800m-1500m individual freestyle events, as well as a member of the 800m freestyle relay. In winning those golds, Ledecky set three new World Records, first clocking a new 1500m mark of 15:27.71 in prelims, then lowering it in the final to a beyond impressive 15:25.48.  Ledecky was also the first woman to ever register a sub-8:10 mark in the 800m freestyle, touching the wall in a historic new world record time of 8:07.39.

       Ledecky swam a total of 6,200 meters in order to claim her five gold medals. She now has a total of nine world championship titles which ties her for having the second most out of all female swimmers behind only Missy Franklin who has 10. And she  is the first swimmer to ever win four individual freestyle golds at a major international competition

      Ledecky set three world records at this meet, two in the 1500m freestyle (15:27.71, 15:25.48) and one in the 800m freestyle (8:07.39).  Amazingly, Ledecky won the 200m freestyle final by 0.17 seconds, 400m freestyle final by 3.89 seconds, 800m freestyle final by 10.26 seconds and the 1500m freestyle final by 14.66 seconds!

    Ledecky’s opening split in the 800m freestyle final would have finished third overall in the individual 400 final behind herself and Sharon Van Rouwendaal. Her closing split in the 800m freestyle final would rank her 6th in the world in the individual 400 free!

     Ledecky’s first 800 meters were faster than any swimmer has ever swam an individual 800m freestyle! Her closing 800 meters tied the fastest non-Ledecky performance ever (8:14.10)Ledecky split a 1:55.64 while anchoring the winning women’s 4x200m freestyle relay!

      While breaking her world record in the 800 free, she broke it by the largest margin since 1978 (3.61 seconds), She is only the fourth woman to have ever won five gold medals at one edition of the world championships.

     No doubt, a new star has risen in the pool. A lot or records are to give way for the stunning star.                                                                       

                                                                                                             -Our Sports Correspondent