BREAKING: Katie Ledecky Creates History at Tokyo Olympics 2020-Becomes the First Woman to Win 3 Consecutive Titles in Swimming

Published 07/30/2021, 11:56 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Swimming – Women’s 800m Freestyle – Medal Ceremony – Tokyo Aquatics Centre – Tokyo, Japan – July 31, 2021. Kathleen Ledecky of the United States with her gold medal REUTERS/Marko Djurica


Despite losing in the 400-meter freestyle, Katie Ledecky won the gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle. Her pure dominance in the event was quite clear as she brought her much-praised swimming technique to the forefront. Moreover, she won her signature event for the third consecutive Olympic Games and cemented her legacy amongst the greats. Australian Ariarne Titmus took home the silver while Italy’s Simona Quadarella claimed the bronze medal.

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In conclusion, Katie Ledecky became the first woman to win three consecutive Olympic titles in the 800m freestyle!

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Swimming – Women’s 800m Freestyle – Final- Tokyo Aquatics Centre – Tokyo, Japan – July 31, 2021. Kathleen Ledecky of the United States reacts winning gold REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

Katie Ledecky creates history at Tokyo Olympics 2020

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Despite finishing second in the 400-meter freestyle, the matchup between Ledecky and Titmus promised to be a revenge race. The Australian took home the gold medal in the 400m freestyle earlier in Tokyo. But, Ledecky took home the gold medal in the 1500-meter freestyle soon after. Later, she finished fifth in the 200-meter freestyle while continuing to perform well in the relay events as well.

However, the American’s dominance in the 800-meter freestyle ages back to London 2012. She made history by debuting and winning gold at the age of 15. Thereafter, she claimed gold in every single internationally recognized tournament from 2012. Quite incredible!

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Ledecky wants to win more

The American looked delighted after her victory in Tokyo. She registered a time of 8:12.57 and finished 1.26 seconds ahead of Ariarne Titmus. When asked about what her plans were for the future, Ledecky replied that she wants to win more at Paris in 2024.

By winning her seventh gold medal, Ledecky only trails Jenny Thompson for the most medals won by a US swimmer. Only 24, the sky is the limit for this generational talent. Michael Phelps won four consecutive gold medals for the 200-meter Individual medley, starting from Athens 2004 to Rio 2016. That record will be on her mind heading to Paris.

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Her experience and swimming technique has come to the fore in every single race and has helped her enter the history books.

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The Tokyo Olympics 2020 has been incredible. Team USA is showing their dominance in the medals tally with the likes of Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel proving to be the x-factors inside the pool.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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