2022 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- June 18-25, 2022 (pool swimming)
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Katie Ledecky passed Natalie Coughlin to become the winningest female swimmer in the history of the World Aquatics Championships on Wednesday, helping the U.S. women claim gold in the 800 freestyle relay for her 21st career medal.
The 25-year-old earned her place atop the women’s medal tally by producing the third-fastest 200 free relay leg in history for the American women, splitting 1:53.67 swimming third as the team won gold by over two seconds in a time of 7:41.45.
While Ledecky already owned the distinction of having won the most gold medals at Worlds among female swimmers, she now stands alone in terms of the sheer medal tally, surpassing Coughlin’s 20 medals won across six championships.
Ledecky, who entered the competition having won 18 medals across four championship appearances from 2013 to 2019, has gone three-for-three in gold medals so far in Budapest with another opportunity forthcoming on Friday.
Ledecky has already won the women’s 400 and 1500 free individually at these championships, and could become the first swimmer in history to win the same event five times in a row if she comes out on top in the 800 free.
Ledecky’s World Championship Medal Tallies
- Barcelona 2013 – 4 gold medals
- Kazan 2015 – 5 gold medals
- Budapest 2017 – 5 gold medals, 1 silver
- Gwangju 2019 – 1 gold, 2 silver medals
- Budapest 2022* – 3 gold medals
All-Time Individual Medal Table, LC World Championships (Women Only)
|1||Katie Ledecky (USA)||18||3||0||21||2013-22|
|2||Natalie Coughlin (USA)||8||7||5||20||2001-13*|
|3||Sarah Sjostrom (SWE)||8||6||3||17||2009-22|
|4||Yuliya Efimova (RUS)||6||7||4||17||2009-19|
|5||Emma McKeon (AUS)||4||9||4||17||2013-19|
|6||Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED)||3||8||6||17||2007-19|
|7||Simone Manuel (USA)||11||3||2||16||2013-19|
|8||Missy Franklin (USA)||11||2||3||16||2011-15|
|9||Katinka Hosszu (HUN)||9||1||5||15||2007-22|
|10||Libby Trickett (AUS)||8||3||4||15||2003-09|
*Coughlin didn’t race at the 2009 championships in Rome.
Ranking third on the list is Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, who will have three more individual medal opportunities in Budapest in the women’s 50 free, 100 free and 50 fly.
All-Time Individual Medal Table, LC World Championships
|1||Michael Phelps (USA)||26||6||1||33||2001-11|
|2||Ryan Lochte (USA)||18||5||4||27||2005-15|
|3||Katie Ledecky (USA)||18||3||0||21||2013-22|
|4||Natalie Coughlin (USA)||8||7||5||20||2001-13*|
Ledecky also owns 13 gold medals won in individual events, which is second only to Phelps’ 15. She could tie Lochte with 16 total medals for second in overall in that statistic behind Phelps’ 20.