Swimmer Katie Ledecky sets world record to win gold in 400m freestyle

Aug 9, 2016 12:10 IST

Katie LedeckyAmerican swimmer Katie Ledecky on 7 August 2016 set a new world record to fetch gold in the women's 400 metres freestyle at the Rio Olympics.

Ledecky clocked 3 minutes 56.46 seconds to beat Britain's Jazmin Carlin who clocked 4 minutes 01.23 seconds at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Rio de Janeiro. America's Leah Smith clocked 4 minutes 01.92 seconds to grab the bronze.

With this win, Ledecky broke her previous record she set in 2014 by almost two seconds.

About Katie Ledecky

Born on 17 March 1997, Katie Ledecky is an American competition swimmer.

She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and nine-time world champion.

She is the current world-record holder in the 400-meter, 800-meter and 1500-meter freestyle (long course).

She also holds the fastest times in the 500-yard, 1000-yard, and 1650-yard freestyle events.

She made her international debut at the 2012 Summer Olympics as a 15-year-old in which she won gold in the 800-meter freestyle in the second fastest performance ever.

During her career, she has broken twelve world records.

She earned her Swimming World's World Swimmer of the Year and the American Swimmer of the Year awards in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

She won the FINA Swimmer of the Year Award in 2013.

Her seven individual gold medals at the World Aquatics Championships is a record in women's swimming.

In 2016, she was the youngest person on Time magazine's Time 100 list.

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