Katie Ledecky added to her swimming legacy with victory in the inaugural 1500m freestyle final to collect her sixth Olympic gold medal.
The American 24-year-old has been the dominant force in women’s freestyle since grabbing the world’s attention with 800m gold at London 2012 aged only 15. A string of world titles followed at 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m, as did four more Olympic gold medals in Rio, and she added No6 with trademark dominance.
Ledecky lost her 400m crown earlier this week to Australian 20-year-old Ariane Titmus, and an hour before this final she failed to medal in the 200m, again won by Titmus. But the 1500m is her best event having swum the fastest 11 times in history, and its new Olympic status for this Games offered the perfect opportunity to make amends.
That list of fastest times was dissected here by Ledecky’s US teammate Erica Sullivan, who paced her swim brilliantly to pick off the rest of the field in the final 600m and earn silver for a US one-two.
More to follow…