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Katie Ledecky Swims a Relaxed Olympic Record Time in 800 Freestyle Prelims

Katie Ledecky Swims a Relaxed Olympic Record Time in 800 Freestyle Prelims

Katie Ledecky held back her legs this morning in prelims of the 800 freestyle. While she never neared her own world record of 8:06.68, Ledecky did take down the Olympic record with her final time of 8:12.86. The Olympic record stood at 8:14.10, swum by Great Britain’s Rebecca Adlington in 2008. At the time it was a world record. Ledecky then upset Adlington at home in 2012, but did not take the mark. With this morning’s easy race, Ledecky is setting herself up to be the third American woman to repeat gold in the event.

Boglarka Kapas of Hungary recorded the second fastest time in prelims with her 8:19.43. That swim came as a result of a close race with Jazz Carlin of Great Britain, the bronze medalist in the 400 freestyle. Carlin will take the third seed in 8:19.67.

American Leah Smith recovered from a late night on the gold medal winning 4×20 freestyle relay to post the fourth best time of the morning in 8:21.43.

Lotte Friis of Denmark jumped out to an early lead in the third heat and held on to win that heat in 8:22.54. On her heels was Jessica Ashwood of Australia in 8:22.57.

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