Katie Ledecky took home her second gold medal of the Rio Olympics Tuesday night, winning the 200-meter freestyle in a white-knuckle race.
It stood in stark contrast to her first race, the 400-meter freestyle, which she won by a whopping five seconds.
Over the final 50 meters, Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom gave Ledecky a run for her money, speeding up to almost get parallel with Ledecky before Ledecky used a final burst to win the race.
Afterward, Ledecky spoke with NBC’s Michelle Tafoya, and when asked about Sjostrom’s near comeback, offered a great perspective.
“That’s the closest I’ve come to having to throw up in a race,” Ledecky said.
Even for the best women’s swimmer in the world, it’s not always easy.
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