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Katie Ledecky breaks 400 free record

Updated: August 10, 2014, 4:56 AM ET
Associated Press

IRVINE, Calif. -- Katie Ledecky broke the world record in the 400-meter freestyle at the U.S. national championships Saturday night, impressing a downtrodden Michael Phelps, who lost for the third time this week.

Ledecky, a 17-year-old from Bethesda, Maryland, won in 3 minutes, 58.86 seconds, becoming the first woman since Janet Evans to hold world marks in the 400, 800 and 1,500 freestyles at the same time.

"That is some serious speed," marveled Phelps, the most decorated Olympian ...

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