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Katie Ledecky wins gold in 800 free, capping her Summer Olympics with four medals

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 7/31/2021 Christine Brennan, USA TODAY
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TOKYO – Katie Ledecky, the most decorated female swimmer of all time, won the women’s 800-meter freestyle for the third consecutive Olympic Games.

Ledecky won in 8:12.57, beating silver medalist Australian Ariarne Titmus by 1.26 seconds. Italy's Simona Quadarella took the bronze in 8:18.35.

With the victory, Ledecky, 24, closed out her 2020 Olympics with two golds and two silvers. She has said she is going to keep swimming to the 2024 Olympics in Paris. On the NBC broadcast after her race, she said, "Maybe, '28, we'll see."

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She won her first 800 in a surprise as a 15-year-old at the 2012 London Olympics, then dominated the race in Rio as part of a four-gold medal rout of those Games.

a person swimming in a pool of water: Katie Ledecky reacts after winning the 800 freestyle during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha. © Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports Katie Ledecky reacts after winning the 800 freestyle during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha.

Earlier in the week, she won the inaugural women’s 1,500 freestyle, anchored the U.S. women’s 4x200 freestyle relay to a satisfying silver medal, and won silver in the 400 freestyle when she was beaten by Titmus. 

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