Female Phelps? Ledecky swims into history with 4th Olympic gold


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.

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"I've really enjoyed being an amateur", Ledecky said.

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Previously, Ledecky had set the world record four times in less than three years, lowering it from 8:14.10 to 8:06.68.

Katie Ledecky of the United States destroyed the field in the 800-metres freestyle in Rio, saying afterwards: "I had a lot of fun".

"At match point, honestly my hand was shaking, but I was like "I need to hit the crap out of the ball" and it worked", - Puig was feeling the pressure as she saw off Petra Kvitova.

She also won two relay medals: A gold in the 4x200 freestyle, and a silver in the 4x100 freestyle.

Rhode's record-breaking win concludes a streak that began with a double-trap gold medal at the Atlanta Games in 1996 when she was 17.

Fellow countryman Nathan Adrian won the bronze at 21.49 seconds, while France's Florent Manaudou took the silver at 21.41 seconds.