The 21-year-old, who beat legend Michael Phelps in the Olympic final, clocked 1min 54.32secs with Poland’s 2005 world champion Pawel Korzeniowski 0.29 behind and China’s Wu Peng third at 0.37 back.
“It is the first time I have won a world title so it is a landmark moment for me,” beamed Le Clos.
“Also, I wanted to win this title to mark the anniversary of my Olympic title a year on.”
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