Japanese teen pips Kalisz for gold

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Japan’s Daiya Seto claimed gold in the men’s 400m individual medley at the swimming world championships on Sunday with American Chase Kalisz in second and Brazil’s Thiago Pereira in third.
The 19-year-old powered home in the last 50 metres to clock at time of 4min 08.69 secs with Kalisz at 0.53 and Pereira at 0.79.
With double defending world champion Ryan Lochte opting not to take part in the event, the race seemed wide open before the start and so it proved.
In the men’s 50 metres backstroke event, Camille Lacourt won the gold with French teammate Jeremy Stravius and the USA’s Matt Grevers tying for second place.
Lacourt, who shared the world 100m backstroke title with Stravius in 2011, touched the wall at 24.42sec, just ahead of Stravius and Grevers who were both 0.08 secs back.
In the women’s section, Holland’s Ranomi Kromowidjojo bagged the 50m freestyle gold with Australia’s Cate Campbell second and Britain’s Fran
Halsall third.
Kromowidjojo, the Olympic champion, clocked 24.05secs with Campbell, the world 100m champion, at 0.09 back and Britain’s Halsall at 0.25 adrift.
In the 50m breaststroke, Russia’s Yuliya Efimova clinched the gold. Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte came second followed by Jessica Hardy of the USA.

World record for Ledecky
Sixteen-year-old American Katie Ledecky secured her second world record and fourth gold of the world championship in the 800m freestyle on Saturday.
Ledecky had smashed the 1500m world record by six seconds earlier in the week, but she sneaked past Rebecca Adlington’s record in the 800m by just two tenths of a second as, just like in the 1500m, Denmark’s Lotte Friis and New Zealander Lauren Boyle picked up silver and bronze respectively.
“I am thrilled, I exceeded my expectations for the year,” said a delighted Ledecky who also took gold in the 400m freestyle and 4x200m relay.
“The goal I set at the beginning of the year was three medals and one world record and now I have four golds and two world records so I couldn’t be happier.”
There was to be no 16th world title for Ryan Lochte on his 29th birthday as he could only finish sixth in the men’s 100m butterfly with Chad Le Clos claiming his second gold of the championships.
“It is unbelievable. To win two gold medals at a world championships is like a dream come true,” said the South African who had also taken the 200m butterfly on Thursday.
And there was also a second title of the meet for Brazil’s Cesar Cielo as he claimed gold in star-studded 50m freestyle final that contained five Olympic champions.
“I was not expected to win so this is the best feeling I’ve had after a race,” a joyful Cielo remarked after joining Alexander Popov in becoming the only non-Americans to win six individual world championship gold medals.

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