Female Phelps? Ledecky swims into history with 4th Olympic gold
Aug 13 2016 by Marjorie Miles
Jazz Carlin finally touched in 8:16.17 to claim the silver, just ahead of Hungary's Boglarka Kapas, who grabbed the bronze in 8:16.37. It was also 12 seconds after Ledecky finished that the silver medalist finally touched the wall.
"I couldn't do it without my family", said Carlin after the race. "I just wanted to lay it all out there", Ledecky said after her final race in Rio.
Ledecky's coach, Bruce Gemmell, said, "Her biggest internal motivator is getting better, it's raising the bar".
The U.S. goalkeeper criticized the Swedes for the way they played in beating the Americans 4-3 in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw - a result that means the world's top-ranked team will miss out on an Olympic gold-medal match in women's soccer for the first time. And I think in the future we're going to look back, and the sport's history will be divided into pre-Katie and post-Katie. "I can't believe I did it".
Ledecky became the first woman since Debbie Meyer to sweep the three longer freestyle events at the same Olympics. Anthony Ervin capped a remarkable personal journey with a gold in the 50 freestyle - 16 years after he won his first individual gold in the same event at the Sydney Games.
She is the first Olympian since Debby Meyer in 1968 to win the 200, 400 and 800 trifecta.
Ledecky was barely breathing hard.
Ledecky is moving to Stanford University later this year.
Phelps finished in a three-way tie for second place at exactly 51.14 seconds, sharing the silver medal with South Africa's Chad le Clos and Hungary's László Cseh. But he seemed less distraught than he might have in previous years, grinning his way through a postrace interview and wrapping teammate Maya DiRado in a bear hug after her stirring rally to win gold in the 200 backstroke.