Swimming stunner: USA star Ledecky suffers 1st career loss at worlds

Swimming stunner: USA star Ledecky suffers 1st career loss at worlds

Two years ago, she became the first swimmer to win four individual World freestyle golds.

World-record holder Federica Pellegrini of Italy won the race in 1 minute, 54.73 seconds, .04 of a second slower than Ledecky's semifinal time Tuesday.

"I have got the first 150m worked out, I just have to get that last 25m sorted", she said.

Pellegrini is the world record-holder in the 200 free but lost to Ledecky two years ago in Russian Federation.

Pellegrini's triumph marked the end of Ledecky's run of 13 consecutive individual gold medals at the World Championships or Olympics, dating to the 2012 London Games when she won gold in the 800-meter freestyle as a 15-year-old.

Reigning Olympic champion Ledecky's time of 1:55.18 earned her a silver, adding to her 1,500m free, 400m free and 4x100m free relay golds.

This also marks the first time that Ledecky has not won in 14 individual finals at a major global meet.

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Yesterday, Katie Ledecky won the 1500 meter freestyle world championship by 19 seconds.

In five years of swimming at the highest level, Katie Ledecky had never experienced what she did on Thursday (AEST) - looking up at another competitor on the medal stand. For each of the past four seasons, she's taken on one of the toughest schedules you'll ever see, and performed flawlessly. "Now I can say that I'm in peace", Pellegrini told State broadcaster RAI. "I know this race will really motivate me moving forward". "I didn't really see much for the last 50, so I was just trying to put together a good race".

The Rio Olympic bronze medallist led for the first 150 metres and looked to have kept American great Ledecky at bay before a fast-finishing Pellegrini relegated both to minor medals.

But her best chance of winning a world title was in Wednesday night's 200m freestyle.

After the race, Pellegrini announced that this was her last appearance in a 200m event, however she will still be competing in the next Olympics coming 2020. Cseh rallied furiously over the final lap but couldnt catch South African star Chad le Clos, who took the gold in 1:53.33.

King defiantly pounded the water when she saw the "WR" beside her time, then turned to congratulate the runner-up - American teammate Katie Meili, who edged out the Russian for the silver.

The U.S. team of Ryan Murphy, Kevin Cordes, Kelsi Worrell and Mallory Comerford set a world record in the morning prelims at 3:40.28, breaking the mark of 3:41.71 set by Britain at the 2015 worlds when this event made its debut.

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