Katie Ledecky Is Nearing Legendary Michael Phelps Record at Fina World Championships

Published 05/02/2022, 8:45 AM EDT
KAZAN, RUSSIA – AUGUST 04: Katie Ledecky of the United States celebrates winning the gold medal in a new world record of 15.25:48 in the Women’s 1500m Freestyle Final on day eleven of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Kazan Arena on August 4, 2015 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Hitting her peak at the right time, Katie Ledecky is once again showing her class inside the swimming pool. She dominated the World Championship Trials for the 19th Fina World Championships. Grabbing victory in the 200, 400, 800, and 1500-meters, Ledecky is the favorite to win medals at the World Championships in Hungary.

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As her rival Ariarne Titmus opted out of the event, Ledecky will compete as the clear favorite. Furthermore, she can create a unique record by tying Michael Phelps’ record of 15 individual titles. An interesting achievement to take notice of.

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A record for the ages

In the recent 2020 Summer Olympics, Ledecky won two gold medals for her signature 800 and 1500-meters. However, the 400-meters freestyle event saw her losing her grip on the race, finishing second to Titmus. With Ariarne’s focus elsewhere, this is Ledecky’s greatest chance to equal Phelps’ medals tally.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 07: Michael Phelps of the United States celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The gold medal is the 19th of Phelps career. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Phelps won his first major gold medal during the 2001 World Championships. He won the 200-meters butterfly competition by setting a new world record. From there, he won three at the 2003 World Championships, two in 2005, five in 2007, and two gold medals at the 2009 World Championships. He ended with two more at the 2011 World Championships; significantly, his last.

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The quality and the consistency showcased throughout these years made him an able champion. Thus, Ledecky’s path to success is similar. She is turning tides in the swimming pool in recent weeks.

Can Katie Ledecky do the unthinkable?

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By making her debut at the 2012 London Olympics, Ledecky’s arrival in the swimming picture was just stunning. Soon after, she won three gold medals at the 2013 World Championships. When it gets going, it really gets going. She never looked back, thereafter.

She followed it with the famous “Ledecky Slam” at the 2015 World Championships by winning four gold medals. Ledecky won three more gold medals at the 2017 World Championships while winning one at the 2019 World Championships. Thus, if she wins another Ledecky slam, she can equal Phelps’ record.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 09: Katie Ledecky of the United States celebrates winning gold in the Women’s 200m Freestyle Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

It is just a stunning achievement by the legendary swimmer. With Titmus not appearing for the World Championships, it can be great for Ledecky to equal Phelps’ record and make history at the Championships. Do you think anyone can stop her?

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Post Graduation in Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the power forward, the respect he deserves.

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