Freestyle queen Katie Ledecky made sure of her third swimming gold medal of the Rio Olympics, and fourth of her career, after anchoring the U.S. women to victory in the 4×200 metres freestyle relay on Wednesday.
Australia, who led until Ledecky hit the water, took silver and Canada the bronze.
The U.S. were the defending champions but only Allison Schmitt, who swam the leadoff leg in Rio, was in the race lineup from that London 2012 golden quartet that also beat Australia into second place.
Leah Smith and Maya DiRado swam second and third respectively before Ledecky, brought home the gold with a typically powerful swim from behind.
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Sydney McLaughlin is in high school. She will inspire you. She is in Rio. She will run 400 meter hurdles, and she will celebrate her seventeenth birthday on August 7, two days after opening ceremony in Rio.
My track coach at University used to tell me all life lessons can be learned running hurdles. He taught me that life can throw you a lot of curve balls it’s how you handle them that makes the difference. Each challenge in life meet it head on, attack it, and overcome that hurdle with grace.
Sydney attacks the hurdles and moves over them with absolute grace. She becomes the youngest member of the United States track team since 1976.
Sydney’s father, Willie, competed in the 400 meters in the 1984 USA Olympic Track & Field Trials. He reached the semifinal round, but didn’t qualify for the Olympics that year in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, her mother, Mary, was a runner in high school, and her older brother, Taylor, is a hurdler at the University of Michigan.
Watch Sydeny here and the heats in the women’s 400-meter hurdles begin on August 15th in Rio, and the final is August 18th.