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Katie Ledecky shatters world record to lead Team USA to three golds on day 3 [gallery]

By Bryan Flaherty

They say it’s hard to bounce back after winning Olympic gold. No one told the the U.S. team competing this week in Barcelona. Olympic champions Katie Ledecky, Missy Franklin, and Matt Grevers all took home world championship titles on Tuesday night before a sellout crowd at the Sant Jordi arena.

Ledecky, the 2012-2013 All-Met Swimmer of the Year, won the women’s 1,500-meter freestyle in a world record time of 15 minutes 36.53 seconds — a full six seconds under 2005-2006 All-Met SOY Kate Ziegler’s world record, set in 2007. Franklin and Grevers won the women’s and men’s 100 backstroke, respectively. Full story here

Take a look back at day three’s events at the 2013 FINA world championships in Barcelona in pictures. [Click to enlarge]

Katie Ledecky celebrates after winnin the women's 1500 freestyle in world record time. (Albert Gea/Reuters)

Katie Ledecky mid-stroke in the women's 1500 free final. (Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images)

Katie Ledecky takes a breath during the women's 1500 free final. (Michael Sohn/Associated Press)

Katie Ledecky (L) and Denmark's Lotte Friis (R) going stroke for stroke during the women's 1,500 free final. (Michael Dalder/Reuters)

Gold medalist Missy Franklin (C), silver medalist Emily Seebohm (L) and bronze medalist Aya Terakawa celebrate on the podium during the award ceremony of the women's 100 backstroke. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Missy Franklin breaking out in the women's 100 back final. (Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images)

Matt Grevers at the start of the men's 100 back final. (Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images)

Matt Grevers, gold, and David Plummer, silver, embrace after the men's 100 backstroke final. (Michael Sohn/Associated Press)

Tom Luchsinger competes in a men's 200 butterfly semifinal. (Michael Sohn/Associated Press)

Lithuania's Ruta Meilutyte starts on her way to winning the gold medal in the women's 100 breast final. (Michael Sohn/Associated Press)

Lithuania's Ruta Meilutyte swims in the women's 100 breast. (Michael Dalder/Reuters)

Chad Le Clos of South on his way to winning the first semifinal of the men's 200 fly. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Italy's Federica Pellegrini, right, starts a Women's 200 free semifinal. (Manu Fernandez/Associated Press)

Spain's Melanie Costa Schmid celebrates after finishing first in her women's 200 freestyle semifinal. (Albert Gea/Reuters)

Nikolay Skvortsov of Russia (L) and Yuki Kobori of Japan (C) compete during the men's 200 butterfly semifinal. (Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Related Links

1. Katie Ledecky crushes world record in 1500 free at worlds

2. Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte sets year’s first world record in 100 breast

3. Franklin, Ledecky shine, but US misses Phelps at worlds

4. Thomas Lurz adds another gold, leading Germany to open-water team win

5. Haley Anderson wins United States first gold at worlds

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