15-Year-Old American Katie Ledecky Obliterated The Field In The 800-Meter Freestyle

The youngest Olympian on the American team, 15-year-old swimmer Katie Ledecky, won the 800m freestyle today in dominating fashion.

With 150 meters to go, Ledecky was comfortably ahead of the world record line (she’s in lane 3):

katie ledecky wins gold in 800m swimming

Photo: BBC

At the turn for the final 100, no one was within 10 meters of her, and she was ahead of world record pace:

katie ledecky wins gold in 800m swimming

Photo: BBC

She really started to fall below the world record with 80 meters left:

katie ledecky wins gold in 800m swimming

Photo: BBC

But she was still dominating the race, look how far out in front she is:

katie ledecky wins gold in 800m swimming

Photo: BBC

By the 25-meter mark, she was behind the world record, and never recovered:

katie ledecky wins gold in 800m swimming

Photo: BBC

She seemed to be in shock when she won:

katie ledecky wins gold in 800m swimming

Photo: BBC

katie ledecky wins gold in 800m swimming

Photo: BBC

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