July 28 (Bloomberg) -- Katie Ledecky of the U.S. won the gold medal in the women’s 400-meter freestyle on the opening day of the world swimming championships in Barcelona.
Olympic 800-meter champion Ledecky, 16, won in 3 minutes, 59.82 seconds, ahead of Spain’s Melania Costa Schmid and Lauren Boyle of New Zealand.
The U.S. also won the women’s 400m freestyle relay. The American team of Missy Franklin, Natalie Coughlin, Shannon Vreeland and Megan Romano finished ahead of Australia and the Netherlands.
The American men lost out to France in the men’s 400m freestyle relay, coming second with Russia third.
France’s Yannick Agnel, Florent Manaudou, Fabien Gilot and Jeremy Stravius won in 3:11.18. The U.S. team of Nathan Adrian, Ryan Lochte, Anthony Ervin and James Feigen was 0.24 second behind.
Olympic champion Sun Yang of China won the men’s 400m freestyle in 3:41.59. Japan’s Kosuke Hagino came second and Connor Jaeger of the U.S. was third.
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at email@example.com.