Katie Ledecky, United States' swimming champion claims record 6th individual gold at the Tokyo Olympics

Katie Ledecky Tokyo olympics


Katie Ledecky's record-breaking performance in the women's 800-meter freestyle continued on Friday at the Tokyo Olympics.

With a time of 8:12.57, the American superstar won gold in the final event of this year's Games. 

On June 19, she set a new American women's 800 meter qualifying record with a timing of 8:14.62.

Katie Grimes, the runner-up, finished 5.74 seconds behind her. 

Since 2012, the 24-year-old has made the 800-meter freestyle her signature event.Her first appearance for the US squad occurred when she qualified in 8:19.78, more than two seconds faster than the runner-up (Kate Ziegler, 8:21.87). 

Following that, Ledecky had a breakout moment on the international scene.
In the final, she set a new American record with a time of 8:14.63 to win gold in the Rio Olympics. 

 The Washington, D.C. native returned to the Olympics in 2016 after dominating world championships and Pan Pacific Championships from 2013 to 2015.

In London, Ledecky set a new record by capturing five medals, four of which were gold.

She became the first athlete since Debbie Meyer in 1968 to win individual events in the 200, 400, and 800 meters.

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