Australia’s Ariarne Titmus has now won gold twice at the Tokyo Games, and both times she has beaten defending Olympic champion in that event: American swimming legend Katie Ledecky.
Two days after winning gold in the women’s 400m freestyle, Titmus won the women’s 200m freestyle on Wednesday, finishing with an Olympic record of 1: 53.50.
Ledecky was fifth. It was the first time the American had missed a podium finish in an individual Olympic event.
Ledecky is considered the most dominant swimmer of all time. She won gold in the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle events at the Rio 2016 Games. Prior to that, she won gold in the 800m freestyle in London 2012. Ledecky won silver in the 400m freestyle on Monday at the Tokyo Games.
She is also considered one of the most versatile competitors in swimming. Although his best events are distance, his range, compared to sprinting, would be like Usain Bolt running in the 200m, 400m and 1500m events.
Dominant display: If Ledecky’s disappointing 200m freestyle result has fueled discussions about his demise, his impressive performance minutes later could force skeptics to think twice.
Ledecky crushed the field in the first-ever women’s 1,500 freestyle event, finishing more than four seconds ahead of fellow American Erica Sullivan to win gold. It’s all the more impressive that sometimes she barely used her legs. A member of the United States team said Ledecky was saving his energy as he had two events left to go.
Ledecky will compete in the 800m freestyle and is also considered a favorite to win it.
By the time she finishes in Tokyo, Ledecky will have swam a stunning 6000 meters (3.7 miles) by the time she finishes the competition. To put that in context, Michael Phelps swam a total of 3,300 meters when he won eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
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