Ledecky wins women's 200m freestyle, on track for treble

Tue Aug 9, 2016 11:31pm EDT
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By Amy Tennery

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Katie Ledecky of the United States won the women's Olympic 200 meters freestyle on Tuesday to claim her second individual gold of the Rio de Janeiro Games and stay on track for a rare treble.

Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden took the silver medal while Emma McKeon of Australia won bronze.

Ledecky, 19, added to her gold in the 400 freestyle on Sunday and silver in the 4x100 freestyle relay the day before. She reigns supreme in her final individual event, the 800 freestyle, which she won at London in 2012.

She now looks overwhelmingly likely to achieve her goal of three individual golds in the 200, 400 and 800 - a feat not achieved at a single Games since American Debbie Meyer accomplished it in Mexico City in 1968.

Ledecky described the race as grueling, saying she "hurt really badly" and pushed herself "to the max."

"Pretty sure that's the closest I've come to throwing up in the middle of a race," Ledecky said. "I'm just so glad I got my hand on the wall first."

Ledecky called the 200 meter event "a much more stressful race" than the 400 or the 800 and later said she's feeling strong going into the 800 heats on Thursday.

"I'm excited, I'm feeling really good this week."   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Swimming - Victory Ceremony - Women's 200m Freestyle Victory Ceremony - Olympic Aquatics Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 09/08/2016. Katie Ledecky (USA) of USA poses with her gold medal   REUTERS/David Gray