American swimmer Katie Ledecky loses for the first time in the Olympics
The United States swimmer won the silver medal in the 400-meter freestyle and suffered her first loss in her Olympic career.
Michael Phelps is one of the most decorated Olympians in the history of the Games and he said that American swimmer Katie Ledecky "would've destroyed" him. Prior to the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, it was expected that Ledecky was going to be one of the athletes to bring the gold medal back to the United States.
First loss in her Olympic career
On Monday she arrived at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in search of the gold medal, but something unexpected happened: she suffered her first loss in her Olympic career. Australian ‘wonder woman’ Ariarne Titmus defeated Ledecky in the 400-meter freestyle to win the gold medal.
The American swimmer was leading the race for the first 300 meters, but Titmus was able to catch up to her and beat her in the last 100 meters. The Australian swimmer had been faster than Ledecky at distance all year long and she demonstrated what she is capable of on the biggest stage.
“It is only a race. She [Titmus] beat me in the last 50 meters and I tried to catch up to her but I couldn’t. I am proud of my performance,” said Ledecky in the press conference after the race. “People doubted me and I had to overcome that and prove them wrong.”