Yesterday’s 2015 FINA World Championships’ medal table saw a three-way tie for total golds between Australia, the United States and Great Britain. But, after the seventh day of competition, the U.S. bumped itself up to become the sole owner of the top spot in terms of number of golds.
Katie Ledecky came up big for the stars and stripes yet again, earning the 800m freestyle event in a brand new world record. In her incredible feat, Ledecky became the first woman ever to clock a sub-8:10 time (8:07.39) in the race. Ledecky has now been a part of 5 monstrous golds for the United States in Kazan, earning the top prize in the 200-400-800-1500m individual freestyle events, as well as part of the 4x200m freestyle relay. She became the first woman to ever win four freestyle gold medals at one single edition of the world championships.
The second American gold on the day came from the mixed 400 free relay, where the combination of Ryan Lochte, Nathan Adrian, Simone Manuel and Missy Franklin proved potent enough to hold off a charging Dutch team who was firing on all cylinders the last leg. The U.S. touched in 3:23.05 to register a new world record.
While Great Britain’s total golds of 5 remained untouched on day 7, Australia added one to their tally in the form of Emily Seebohm, who cranked out her second backstroke win. After having already won the 100m backstroke title, Seebohm overtook American Missy Franklin in the final 50m of the 200m distance to earn the gold in a new Australian record of 2:05.81.
Swimming Medal Table
Total Medal Table