Katie Ledecky passes Michael Phelps for most individual golds at world championships

American swimmer Katie Ledecky has broken the record for most individual golds at world championships, surpassing Michael Phelps.

New record set: Katie Ledecky won the 800-meter freestyle at the world championships, marking her sixth gold in this event and 16th individual world title.
* This achievement breaks a tie with Michael Phelps on the record for most individual golds at the world championships.

Other accomplishments: Beyond her 16 world titles, Ledecky is a seven-time Olympic gold medalist and holds world records in both the 800 and 1,500 meter freestyles.
* Despite her impressive track record, Ledecky expressed her intent to continue improving, particularly in her favorite event, the 800-meter freestyle.

Additional competition highlights: The United States has won four golds by the seventh day of the eight-day event, with Australia leading in golds tally at 13.
* Australia’s Kaylee McKeown made history by becoming the first swimmer to sweep all three backstroke events at the championship.
* Sweden’s Sarah Sjöström, winning gold in the 50 butterfly, has now won the event five times consecutively at the world championships and equaled Phelps’ mark of 20 individual medals at the world level.

Global standings: Despite Australia’s dominating performance in golds, the United States leads the overall medal tally with 31, followed by Australia with 20 and China with 13.

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