Katie Ledecky did it again. The 19-year-old American buzzed past her competition in the 200-meter freestyle to take her second gold medal of the 2016 Olympics. Her time of 1:53.73 was the best in the world this year and a personal best.
The 200-free is Ledecky’s weakest race, and she trailed at the halfway point. But her middle 100 meters when taken together were what won her the race. Coming off the wall after 150 meters, Ledecky had a solid lead, but Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom tracked her down. But the American phenom managed to hold the 22-year-old Swede off at the wall.
Ledecky is now two-thirds of the way to her 200, 400, 800 freestyle sweep, something that hasn’t been done since Debbie Meyer accomplished the feat in 1968.