Katie Ledecky made history in Tokyo: she became the third swimmer to be crowned three-time champion

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Katie Ledecky made history in Tokyo: she became the third swimmer to be crowned three-time champion in the same individual event at the Olympic Games.

The American continues to grow her legend after winning the gold in the 800 meters freestyle.

The Australian Ariarne Titmus, second in this competition, was the great rival of the Americans in this tournament since she took first place in the 200 and 400 meters.

Katie Ledecky came to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as one of its leading figures and did not disappoint. Although she could not crown in the 200 and 400 meters finals, the American swimmer revalidated her dominance in long distances and expanded her legend by taking the gold medal in the 800 meters freestyle.

The native of Washington. Although he was close to eight seconds above his best mark (8: 04.79 Olympic and world record), he prevailed with a time of 8: 12.57. The podium was completed by the Australian Ariarne Titmus (8: 13.83) and the Italian Simona Quadarella (8: 18.35).

In this way, the North American got into the great history of swimming by winning for the third consecutive Olympic Game the gold medal in the same test (before she got it in London 2012 -with just 15 years- and Rio 2016).

This feat was only achieved by the Australian Dawn Fraser (100 m freestyle in Melbourne 1956, Rome 1960, and Tokyo 1965) and the Hungarian Krisztina Egerszegi (200 m backstroke in Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, and Atlanta 1996).

Ledecky aspired to keep five gold medals, but he will withdraw from Japan with an interesting harvest to increase his showcases: two gold medals (the one mentioned in the 800-meter freestyle and the 1500-meter freestyle) and two silver (400-meter freestyle). And 4x100 freestyle relays). She was also fifth in the 200 m.

Beyond a particular vulnerability, Ledecky had also shown great mental strength in Tokyo, as he demonstrated on Wednesday when after his defeat in 200 meters, he was able to jump into the pool shortly after to defend his crown in the 1,500 meters freestyle successfully.

The Australian Ariarne Titmus, second in this competition, was the great rival of the Americans in this tournament since she took first place in the 200 and 400 meters.