400 freestyle world record broken

GOLD COAST — Katie Ledecky lowered her own world record in the women's 400-metre freestyle to win the Pan Pacific championships title in three minutes, 58.37 seconds on Saturday.

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Ledecky was under world record pace for much of the race in an outdoor pool at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre and finished strongly to shave almost a half-second off the mark she set at the United States nationals earlier this month.

The 17-year-old Ledecky also holds the world records in the 800 and 1,500 freestyle events, and narrowly missed improving her mark in the 800 earlier at the Pan Pacs.

It was her fourth gold medal of the meet, following her titles in the 200, 800 and the 4x200-metre relay.

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