Katie Ledecky becomes first woman since ’68 to win 200-, 400- and 800-meter freestyle
Katie Ledecky went to sleep late the night before her 800-meter freestyle final, waiting on roommate and fellow gold medal-winner Simone Manuel to get back to their room so Ledecky could congratulate her on a 100-meter freestyle win.
But the late night hardly seemed to bother the swimming star in her final gold medal race of the 2016 Olympics. She again made it clear that she is unquestionably the best 800-meter freestyler in the world.
Ledecky’s third individual freestyle gold made her the first woman to win the 200-, 400- and 800-meter freestyle races since American Debbie Meyer accomplished the feat in 1968 at the Games in Mexico City. Read more…