shadow

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ariarne Titmus of Australia won the silver and Simona Quadarella of Italy took the bronze
  • Ledecky got her Tokyo campaign back on track by winning the 1,500 earlier in the week
  • Ledecky increased her lead over Titmus from the 500 mark and came home more than a second ahead of her Australian rival

Katy Ledecky of the United States won the gold medal in the women’s 800m freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday while Australia picked up an incredible seventh title.

Ariarne Titmus of Australia won the silver and Simona Quadarella of Italy took the bronze in women’s 800m.

It has been a disappointing Games so far for the U.S. swim team, whose eight golds are just half their tally from Rio, but the performances of their biggest names gave them reason to celebrate on the penultimate day in the pool.

After losing her 200m and 400m titles to Australia’s Ariarne Titmus, Ledecky got her Tokyo campaign back on track by winning the 1,500m earlier in the week and on Saturday became the first female swimmer to win six individual golds, cruising home in the 800m.

Taking control from the start, Ledecky increased her lead over Titmus from the 500 mark and came home more than a second ahead of her Australian rival, winning the event for a third straight Games — another first for the American.

“She made it tough and so it was a lot of fun to race,” said Ledecky.

“I just trusted myself trusted I could pull it out and swim whatever way I needed to.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *