American Katie Ledecky Wins First-Ever Olympic Gold in 1,500-Meter Freestyle

American Katie Ledecky won the first-ever Olympic gold medal in the women’s 1,500-meter freestyle swimming on July 28 at the Tokyo Aquatics Center.

Ledecky finished the race, which marked the Olympic debut of the swimming event, with a time of 15 minutes and 37.39 seconds, beating teammate Erica Sullivan, who finished in 15 minutes and 41.41 seconds to claim the silver, and German Sarah Kohler, who finished in 15 minutes and 42.91 seconds to claim the bronze.

The official Twitter account of the Olympics described Ledecky’s performance in the race as “outstanding” and “a dominant display from start to finish.”

Ledecky’s gold medal is her second medal from the Tokyo Games, following her silver at the 400-meter freestyle. It is also her sixth career gold medals, having previously won four gold medals and a silver at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

Ledecky’s victory at the race is seen as a comeback from her losses at her earlier swimming events in the Tokyo Olympics — placing fifth at the 200-meter freestyle and losing to Australian Ariarne Titmus at the 400-meter freestyle.

“I wanted to get the job done especially after losing in the 200 meters and I wanted to move the page forward,” Ledecky told broadcasting company NBC after winning the event.

“I think of all the great U.S. swimmers, so many people I look up to and I am glad that I could do it in the best possible way,” Ledecky further said.

Ledecky made her Olympic debut at the 2012 London Games at the age of 15. She has been part of the world championships since 2001.

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