Katie Ledecky won the 800m freestyle title at swimming world championships in Budapest

Katie Ledecky won the 800m freestyle title at swimming world championships in Budapest.

At the swimming world championships in Budapest on Friday, Olympic champion Katie Ledecky swept to a fifth consecutive 800m freestyle triumph.

At the same time, local favorite Kristof Milak added a victory in the 100m butterfly to his 200m butterfly crown.

Ledecky triumphed with force, crossing the finish line nearly 10 seconds ahead of Kiah Melverton of Australia to win her 19th gold medal at this level and surpass Ryan Lochte. The American is now seven points away from Michael Phelps’ all-time best.

Simona Quadarella of Italy replicated her achievement at the Tokyo Olympics of the previous year by winning a deserving bronze.

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“Just hard effort, year after year. In London, I set the intention to avoid being a one-hit-wonder; now, ten years later, I can say that I have achieved that aim, “Ledecky informed the media.

“I’m thrilled with the time; I sort of anticipated I’d be (8:0) 6 or 7, but to be 8.0 that’s right there, and it’s the quickest I’ve been in a few of years, so a very wonderful conclusion to a terrific week,” the runner said.

Olympic silver medalist Milak, who broke the 200-meter butterfly world mark earlier in the week, pulled ahead of the pack with 25 meters to go and scarcely seemed concerned as he won in 50.14 seconds.

Naoki Mizunuma of Japan finished second in 50.94 seconds, barely ahead of Joshua Liendo Edwards of Canada.

Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden, who has dominated the women’s 50-meter butterfly for four straight world championships and 18 total individual medals, was another notable victor.