Katie Ledecky Wins Third Straight Olympic Gold in 800m Freestyle

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Katie Ledecky won the women's 800-meter freestyle connected Saturday successful Tokyo, her last lawsuit of the Olympic Games. 

Ledecky, who went 8:12.57, bushed retired second-place finisher Ariarne Titmus — who handed Ledecky her first-ever idiosyncratic Olympic loss earlier successful the conscionable — by 1.26 seconds. She's the 4th swimmer successful past to triumph back-to-back-to-back Olympic golds successful a azygous event, and present has 10 Olympic medals (seven gold) to her name.

Ledecky present owns the apical 24 times successful past successful the event, starting with the 8:04.79 satellite grounds she set at the Rio Olympics. Titmus' 8:13.83 contiguous is the fastest clip ever by idiosyncratic different than Ledecky. 

Asked if the race was her past Olympic aquatics ever, Ledecky said: "Oh, that was not my past swim. I'm astatine slightest going to '24. Maybe '28, we'll see."

Two days ago, Ledecky became the archetypal pistillate to triumph Olympic golden successful the 1500-meter freestyle, but was 15 seconds disconnected her champion time. In her archetypal idiosyncratic lawsuit of the Games, she took 2nd to Titmus successful the 400 free, and past astir an hr earlier the 1500, finished 5th successful the 200.

Ledecky came roaring backmost to anchor the United States women's 4x200 escaped relay, however, throwing down her second-fastest relay divided ever and blowing by the Australian squad to unafraid metallic down China. 

Also competing successful the 800 last was 15-year-old Katie Grimes, who stunned the American swimming satellite by taking 2nd to Ledecky astatine U.S. Olympic Trials successful June, finishing fourth successful 8:19.38. 

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Heading into Tokyo, Ledecky was eyeing a imaginable historical expanse of the women's mid-distance and region freestyle events, but it was not to be.

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