Twenty-five-year-old Ledecká reigned supreme on the longest pool track from 2013 to 2017. At the last World Championships in 2019, she fell ill and did not make it to the finals, but after her triumph at last year’s Olympic Games, she returned to the world throne today.

There was no doubt about her victory. From the first fifty, she led and gradually developed an almost fifteen-second lead when she reached the time of 15: 30.15. “I love this pool. I knew I had done enough to swim well and get into the rhythm. Next in line is the relay, and then I’ll fight on the octopus. I’ll see if I can break the record there, “said the American star. Sixteen-year-old Katie Grimes, who finished 16th, underlined the success of the United States in the 15th place.

Seventeen-year-old Romanian David Popovici dominated the 200-meter freestyle race. The reigning European short pool champion also made a name for himself on the world stage, when he improved his own junior world record from Sunday’s semifinals by more than a second with a time of 1: 43.21. The silver Hwang Sun from Korea lost more than a second to him.

The young Romanian ranked fourth in the historical tables. Only German Paul Biedermann, American Michael Phelps and Frenchman Yannick Agnel swam the discipline faster. No one has been so fast since the 2012 London Olympics.