TOKYO — It was the Katie and Caeleb Present, an ongoing sequence at swimming, because the People continued their medal haul on the Olympics.
Caeleb Dressel received his third gold medal of those Olympics, setting a world document within the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 49.45 seconds. He’ll search for his fourth gold on Sunday, the meet’s last day, within the 50-meter fly.
Katie Ledecky completed her meet on the Tokyo Video games with a gold medal in one among her signature races, the ladies’s 800-meter freestyle, changing into the primary swimmer to win the occasion in three consecutive Olympics.
She completed in 8 minutes 12.57 seconds, beating rival Ariarne Titmus of Australia by 1.26 seconds. And whereas Ledecky is completed in Tokyo, floating away with two gold medals (the opposite within the 1,500 free) and two silver medals, she stated she is already trying ahead to the 2024 Olympics in Paris, simply three years away, and toying with the 2028 Video games in Los Angeles.
“I’m positively going via Paris,” Ledecky stated. “And possibly past, as nicely. We’ll see.”
Her 4 medals in Tokyo give her 10 complete throughout three Olympics, together with seven golds and three silvers.
Ledecky, 24, already held the Olympic and world document within the occasion, established on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Again then, she swam it in a blistering 8:04.79, successful by practically 12 seconds. In Rio, it was the final of her 4 gold medals, to go along with one silver.
However it is a totally different Ledecky and a distinct time. She remained the slight favourite, and her qualifying time of 8:15.67 would have nonetheless received in Brazil 5 years in the past. Rivals are closing in, together with Katie Grimes, her 15-year-old United States teammate, an inheritor obvious, maybe, in a few of Ledecky’s greatest occasions.
Grimes completed fourth, behind bronze medalist Simona Quadarella of Italy.
However Titmus has change into Ledecky’s main rival for the time being. She beat Ledecky in two different particular person occasions right here, the 200 free (the place Ledecky was fifth) and the 400 free (Ledecky earned silver, lacking gold by 0.67 seconds).
“I’m actually, actually thrilled to have that sort of competitors,” Ledecky stated. “It’s one thing that fuels me, and I do know it fuels her as nicely. And I hope that I can sustain and keep aggressive right here shifting ahead.”
Ledecky stated she was “actually completely satisfied” along with her meet in Tokyo, which additionally included a uncommon fifth-place end within the 200 free. She was motivated to complete with a win within the 800 free.
“I actually simply needed to finish on a extremely good be aware,” she stated. “I simply knew it might simply linger with me if I ended on a nasty be aware, so I simply tried to make use of that as motivation to complete on the most effective stone attainable.”
Dressel completed the 100 fly on the very best be aware — a world document — however had extra swimming to do. He cruised via a semifinal warmth within the 50 free, and will probably be favored to win one other gold on the meet’s final day.
He then joined the American group within the last of the inaugural blended 4×100 medley relay, swimming free within the last leg, nevertheless it was not sufficient to earn the US a medal. Britain received, with a world document, adopted by China and Australia.
The USA was fifth, three seconds behind the winners.
However Dressel has not misplaced any particular person occasions. Within the 100 fly, Dressel already held the world document (49.5 seconds, in 2019) and the Olympic document (49.71, Friday). Kristof Milak of Hungary, the gold medalist within the 200 fly, swam to Dressel’s left, and Dressel suspected that’s the place his closest competitors could be.
He was proper. Milak adopted Dressel to the end, touching in 49.68, a European document.
“What a detailed race — two of the quickest occasions in historical past,” Dressel stated. “You don’t get that fairly often, so to be part of that’s actually particular.”
The 2 of them, together with Michael Phelps and Milorad Cavic, stay the one athletes to swim sub-50 seconds within the occasion’s historical past.
“That occasion’s solely going to get sooner, I’m conscious of that,” Dressel stated. “It’s simply thrilling that it took a world document to win.”
The People had hoped for one more medal or two within the 200-meter ladies’s backstroke, however ended up fourth and fifth.
Kaylee McKeown of Australia received in a time of two:04.68.
There was one thing lacking from the occasion: the world-record holder, Regan Smith, who didn’t qualify as a result of she completed third on the U.S. trials. It’s indicative of American depth, on this occasion and throughout the game.
The 2 swimmers who beat her in June — Rhyan White and Phoebe Bacon — had been positioned to medal right here, swimming on both facet of 29-year-old Emily Seebohm of Australia, who had the quickest qualifying time.
White, 21, completed fourth. Bacon, 18, completed fifth.
(As for Smith, she completed her schedule, leaving Tokyo with a silver medal and a bronze medal.)
That left the stage clear for Dressel and Ledecky, who now exits along with her legacy firmly intact, and seeking to develop.