Katie Ledecky shatters world record in 800 free, wins gold

She set a World and Olympic record en route to her fourth gold medal with a win in the 800-meter freestyle, swimming 8:04.79 to break her own world record by almost two seconds.

Ledecky has won five total medals in Rio, with four being gold, and she's the fifth female swimmer to win at least four gold medals in a single Olympics (Missy Franklin was the most recent to do it before Friday).

Swimmer Katie Ledecky set a world record en route to winning the gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle.

On Friday Ledecky won the 800-metres to complete the third and final leg of the Olympic freestyle triple after 200m and 400m to become only the second woman in history to do so - after Meyer in Mexico City in 1968.

Jazz Carlin of Britain finally touched in 8:16.17 to claim silver, just ahead of Hungary's Boglarka Kapas grabbing bronze in 8:16.37. She clocked in at just over eight minutes, beating her closest competitor by 12 seconds.

After winning four gold medals at these games and looking unbeatable, Phelps finally ran out of steam in what was the final individual race of his career unless he decides to come out of retirement again.

"We have a great history and I think we're making really great history this week and hopefully we'll inspire people 30 years down the road even when somebody's breaking my records".

But the late night hardly seemed to bother the swimming star in her final gold medal race of the 2016 Olympics.

American swimmers won gold and bronze in the 50-meter freestyle sprint. Along with her individual golds, Ledecky also topped the podium with the 4x200 free relay.

The stunning victory on August 12 gave Ledecky, 19, of Maryland, her fourth gold in Rio and fifth medal.

She said: "Sitting in this position now, I still do want more". "She's obviously someone I'm very excited to look forward to watching race".

There's dominance and there's what Katie Ledecky did on Friday, which was unbelievable.

American Michelle Carter of the US - known as the "shot diva" - stunned defending champion Valerie Adams of New Zealand to earn gold in women's shot put, winning with her sixth and final throw.

Meyer first met Ledecky and her family a few years ago at a conference.

"She is the real deal", says Dr. Michael Joyner, a physician and Mayo Clinic researcher who is one of the world's top experts on fitness and human performance. "So just to get my hands on second, I'm so happy". After Manuel's upset victory Thursday in the 100-meter freestyle, Ledecky stayed awake to congratulate her. Manuel said she was shocked when she cracked open the bedroom door at about two in the morning and was swallowed in an embrace by Ledecky.

  • Angelo Rivera