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Katie Ledecky Adds Another Gold to Her Medal Haul in Tokyo

Posted On: Oct 21, 2021   |   Posted By: Time

Distance is where Katie Ledecky feels at home. There's no one better at powering through the long races, and Ledecky reaffirmed that with a decisive win in the 800-m freestyle, the event that started her Olympic experience back in 2012.
The win capped off Ledecky's Tokyo Olympics; it was her last individual after racing four freestyle distances-the 200 m, 400 m, 800 m and 1,500 m-and medaling in three events. Days earlier, she made history by winning the first women's 1,500-m ever raced at an Olympics-and she did it about an hour after swimming the 200-m freestyle.

In typical Ledecky fashion, she pulled out ahead of the field after the first turn, and never gave up the lead. Rowdy Gaines, Olympic champion and NBC commentator, tells TIME that no one is better than Ledecky at finding “fresh water”-meaning she's far enough ahead of the pack that she's not wasting energy battling anyone's wake or splash.
Ledecky swam past growing freestyle rival Ariarne Titmus of...

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