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Phelps edges Lochte in 200-meter IM; Bethesda's Ledecky breaks own world record

Phelps edges Lochte in 200-meter IM; Bethesda's Ledecky breaks own world record

Katie Ledecky was barely in the pool when American swim great Michael Phelps was asked about the precocious teenager who seems to mow down world records at will.

“It's always something special when she gets in the water,” Phelps said with an eye toward the timing board.

Is it ever. Minutes later, Ledecky, a Bethesda native, produced yet another special moment in her young career by smashing her own world record in the 800-meter freestyle with a scorching 8 minutes, 6.68 seconds Sunday night in the Arena Pro Swim Series.

It was the fourth time the 18-year-old — who doesn't even have a driver's license yet — has broken the record since 2013, and she...

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