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Phelps, Ledecky win more gold

Jan Ortega | 12 August, 2016, 00:23

Ledecky held off Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom to win gold in the 200-meter freestyle Tuesday night at the Rio Olympics.

It's not the world records that are impressive so much as the chasmal extent to which she's put them out of everyone else's reach. This weekend, that 11 became a 12 when she broke her own record in the 400-meter freestyle by nearly two seconds.

Ledecky's 3:56.46 was 4.77 seconds faster than second-place Jazz Carlin, and almost 2 seconds faster than her own 2014 record (3:58.37). The 19-year-old burst onto the scene four years ago when she was just 15 years old at London 2012 and hasn't looked back since (except at the competition, of course). "It's the closest I've come to throwing up at the end of a race", - Ledecky's latest triumph did not come easily.

"So I knew it was coming".

First of all, the Olympics are a harder place to set a world record than many other competitions.

How'd she wrap up the 400m, her first solo final of these games? Katie took home her second gold medal and third medal overall at Rio after her stellar finish in the women's 200m race on August 9.

It's show time for the U.S women's team, which made a statement in Sunday's qualifiers by posting a top score that outpaced second-place China by a staggering 10 points. "Just being able to see the number one next to my name again, one more time in the 200 fly", says Phelps, "couldn't have scripted it any better". She is trying to become the first woman since American Debbie Meyer in 1968 in Mexico City to win gold in the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle events at an Olympic Games. Ledecky now has the 200 and 400 titles, and she's an overwhelming favorite to win the 800.

Defending Olympic champion France was out front when Phelps dove into the water on the second leg, taking over for leadoff swimmer Caeleb Dressel.

The British swimmer cruised to victory in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 57.13 seconds Sunday night, shattering the mark of 57.55 he set a day earlier in the preliminaries. But Joao Gomes finished fifth and Felipe Franca was seventh.

At least half the reporters bolted away from Franklin while she was in mid-answer Monday, all of them eager to fire a few questions at Ledecky.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Katie Ledecky has never felt such pain. She won a silver medal Saturday after her 4x100-meter relay team placed second to Australia.

Britain's Jazz Carlin claimed the silver medal in 4:01.23 as another American, Leah Smith, touched third in 4:01.92.

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