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08/12/2016 09:35 pm ET Updated Aug 13, 2016

Katie Ledecky Breaks Her Own World Record For Fourth Rio Gold

She's coming for your medal record, Michael Phelps.
Katie Ledecky celebrates after she broke the world record to win the Women's 800m Freestyle Final during the swimming event a
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Katie Ledecky celebrates after she broke the world record to win the Women's 800m Freestyle Final during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Katie Ledecky decimated her own world record for the women’s 800-meter freestyle at the Rio Olympics on Friday, touching the final wall with no other competitors in sight.

The 19-year-old American swimmer has now claimed four gold medals during the Rio Olympics.

In Friday’s final, Ledecky beat her own world record by two seconds, with a time of 8 minutes, 4.79 seconds. She won her first Olympic medal in 2012 in the 800-meter freestyle, too, but now, four years later, did it almost 10 seconds faster. Ledecky has now broken her own world record six times in the 800-meter freestyle. She is also the the first woman since America’s Debbie Meyer in 1968 to take gold in the 200-, 400- and 800- meter freestyle, according to The New York Times. 

Jazmin Carlin of Great Britain came in second at 8 minutes, 16.17 seconds, more than 11 seconds slower than Ledecky. Boglárka Kapás of Hungary came in third at 8 minutes, 16.37 seconds. 

Ledecky’s trophy case is quickly expanding; she’s now earned five Olympic gold medals. In Rio de Janeiro, she also won for the 200-meter freestyle and the 400-meter freestyle ― during which race she smashed another of her own world records ― along with the 4x200-meter freestyle relay with the U.S. swim team. She scored a silver medal with her team for the 4x100-meter freestyle relay, too.

Teammate Michael Phelps broke a 2,000-year-old Olympic record Thursday by scoring his 22nd Olympic gold medal. While he and American swimmer Lilly King have caused a stir for their celebratory and delightfully shame-y finger-wagging after their victories, Ledecky maintained her signature modest disposition after her Friday win.

Ledecky, hailing from Maryland, is pledged to begin at Stanford University as a freshman in the fall, where she will continue swimming ― likely keeping in tip-top shape for the next Olympics. 

Katie Ledecky: star swimmer and gold prospector.
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Katie Ledecky: star swimmer and gold prospector.
Gold medallist Katie Ledecky reacts after winning gold.
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Gold medallist Katie Ledecky reacts after winning gold.

 

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