GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) -- The second coming of Michael Phelps gained momentum with another gold medal at the Pan Pacific championships on a night when U.S. teenager Katie Ledecky set yet another world record.

The old and the new faces of world swimming delivered on expectations Saturday, with 29-year-old Phelps following up on his relay gold by winning his first individual title since returning to international competition following 1 1/2 years in retirement. The most decorated Olympian in history won the 100-meter butterfly in 51.29 seconds, edging long-time U.S. teammate Ryan Lochte.

"It definitely feels good to have that sort of confidence back to be able to do it in an individual event," Phelps said. "What it does is really just guarantee me a spot on the world championships team next summer -- that's the biggest thing and most important thing."

In the next final, 17-year-old Ledecky won her fourth gold medal of the meet, lowering her world record in the 400 freestyle to 3 minutes, 58.37 seconds.

She also holds the world records in the 800 and 1,500 freestyle events, and won all three titles at the last world championships.

"It's a great feeling. It never really gets old," Ledecky said of her run of records. "I have some long-term goals. We're not quite there yet, but we'll get there." She still has the 1,500 meters to swim in Australia, where she has already won the 200, 800 and the 4x200-meter relay.


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Tyler Clary won the men's 200 backstroke to give the U.S. its third gold of the night, and 11th for the meet.