OLYMPIC GAMES | SWIMMING
What are Katie Ledecky's stats: records, Olympic medals, titles
Swimmer Katie Ledecky was one of the athletes the United States was banking on to bring in some gold at the Tokyo Olympic Games... and with good reason.
Swimmer Katie Ledecky was one of the athletes the United States was banking on to bring in the gold as we edged closer to the Tokyo Olympic Games. And few people had any doubt what was to follow despite some top rivals.
Ledecky had a spectacular performance at the Rio Olympics in 2016, where she was the youngest member of the US swim team. She wrapped up the Games as the most bemedaled female athlete, garnering four golds (200-meter, 400-meter, 800-meter, and 4x200-meter freestyle) and one silver (4x100-meter freestyle).
She broke two world records in the process, and also earned the distinction of being the most decorated US female athlete ever in a single-Olympic performance.
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This year, she was defending her titles in the 200- and 400-meter events, and was going for a three-peat in the 800-meter freestyle. If she achieved this, she would join Dawn Fraser and Krisztina Egerszegi as the only women to win the same swimming event at three consecutive Summer Olympics.
As it turned out, she was only able to collect the silver medal in the 400-meters and added another second place in the 4x200m Freestyle Relay. But, that three-peat was indeed achieved as she took the 800m title once again.
Ledecky: living up to the favorite tag in 1500-meter freestyle
Ledecky was also heavily favored to win in the 1500-meter event, which made its debut for women at the Games this year, despite men having participated in this distance since 1908.
During the US Olympic trials for the 1500-meter, she clocked 15 minutes, 40.50 seconds, well off her world record of 15:20:48 that she set in 2018. However, her winning time was still the fastest in the world this year.
Sure enough, when the big showdown came, the American star was up to the task and once again was able to take her place at the top of the podium.
This is her third time to compete in the Summer Games. She first took part in London in 2012, bagging the gold in the 800-meter freestyle when she was just 15 years old. She was also the youngest member of the US swim team at the time.
Her performance outside of the Olympics is just as impressive. Ledecky has won the World Championship gold medal 15 times, the most for any female swimmer. She has also broken 14 world records and 37 US records thus far in her swimming career.
With her consistent record-breaking track record since Rio, the freestyle specialist has dazzled us again and has made even more history at the Tokyo Games.