Bethesda native Katie Ledecky just won another huge race — this time in her weakest event, the 200 meter freestyle.
Ledecky, the best long distance swimmer in the world, narrowly defeated Sweden’s Sarah Sjöström, the best sprinter in the world, by 0.35 seconds in the middle distance race. Coming into the Olympic games, swimming analysts thought this would be Ledecky’s toughest individual race of the four to win. She has never lost an individual race in international competition.
Katie’s uncle and former Caps co-owner, Jon Ledecky, freaked out in the stands as his niece pulled out the thrilling win. Katie’s mother Mary was also very excited.
What a celly!
It was Ledecky’s third medal of the games. She beat her own world record in the 400 meter freestyle on Sunday and also won the silver in the 4×100 relay.
In the very next race Tuesday night, Baltimore-native Michael Phelps won the 200 meter butterfly to win his 20th gold medal of all time.
That’s cool too, I guess.
Now some fun pictures!
10 years ago: A 9-year-old named Katie Ledecky gets an autograph from Michael Phelps (Credit: Ledecky Family) pic.twitter.com/oOOPns5mor
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 10, 2016
That's another gold for Katie Ledecky!
The 19-year-old has never lost in a major international race … 14-for-14. pic.twitter.com/sRkzBGOAXl
— ESPN (@espn) August 10, 2016
Michael Jordan holding Katie Ledecky when she was 3! She's 19 now and dominating Rio! #RealRecognizeReal #Rio2016 pic.twitter.com/AhSTxNqGk0
— Spencer (@SpencerSticek) August 10, 2016
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