Katie Ledecky Secures G.O.A.T. Status At Tokyo Olympics
Ledecky has now won seven gold medals in her three Olympic appearances
Katie Ledecky made history at the Olympics on Saturday, winning gold in the 800 meter freestyle. That means that she has won every single race of this distance that she has competed in over the past 11 years.
Ledecky's time in her last race of the Games (the 800m) was 8: 12.57, which earned her the sixth individual gold and the tenth Olympic medal of her career. Ledecky has the 22 best times in the history of the event, which is unfathomable for a career in sports. She won gold at the last two Olympics, the 2016 Rio Games and the 2012 London Games; and of course she is the world record holder.
"Thank you Tokyo, and thank you ALL for the tremendous support this week and over the years to get to this point ... 2 gold, 2 silver and tons of memories returning to the states !!!" Ledecky wrote on Instagram . She also won gold in the women's 1,500-meter freestyle and two silver medals in the 400-meter and 4x200-meter swim.
Her six individual gold medals are the most from any U.S. Olympian of all time. The only person whose record beats yours is the only Michael Phelps, aged 13, to have competed in five Olympics in his career.
Her latest gold also means that she has achieved a triple in the 800 freewheel - only for the fourth time in history has a swimmer won gold in an individual discipline in three consecutive Olympic Games. But the best news of the day wasn't just that it made history in Tokyo; Ledecky also confirmed that this will not be her last Olympics.
"It wasn't my last swim - I'll at least go until '24," Ledecky said on NBC. "Maybe '28, we'll see. But I knew that [the 800] would be my last swim here. You don't take anything for granted, you don't know if you will be back at the next Olympics, so just try to soak it all up. "
She will be 27 years old for the 2024 Games in Paris.
Ledecky and Australian Ariarne Titmus shared their four head-to-head meetings in Tokyo, with Titmus winning gold in the 200 and 400 frees. Seeing them compete against each other was one of the highlights of the games making each other better.
What is really notable is that Ledecky was the only swimmer to compete in a "sprint" race (the 200 free) and the 1,500 that was just added to the Olympics. Being a metal contender in a sprint and a marathon is something most athletes wouldn't be ready for. She did that easily.
"It's great," Ledecky said on NBC. "I just wanted to finish with a really good grade and I'm just so happy."
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