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Katie Ledecky is targeting the 2024 Paris Olympics and the 2028 Games in Los Angeles after claiming her seventh gold medal with victory in the women’s 800-meter freestyle on Saturday.
Ledecky, who holds the world record in the distance, fended off rival Ariarne Titmus for her latest swimming triumph, backing the 1,500m success.
The 24-year-old American was clear of Titmus throughout the race and held off the Australian’s familiar late push to win in 8 minutes and 12.57 seconds. Italian Simona Quadarella won bronze.
Ledecky’s win brings her Olympic medal tally to 10, including the gold medal, and she’s aiming for more.
“I’m still young, 24, it’s not that old,” Ledecky said. “People stay in this sport until they are in their thirties. I still love this sport, I love it more and more every year. I feel like I’m going to give this sport everything I have.
“I like training, I like everyday life. I’m just going to keep doing it until I feel like it’s time. Obviously the 2028 Olympics are in Los Angeles, so it’s kind of there and attractive too.”
American Michael Phelps holds the record for most Olympic gold medals with 23, followed by gymnast Larisa Latynina, distance runner Paavo Nurmi, great swimmer Mark Spitz and athlete Carl Lewis who all have won nine gold medals, which Ledecky could conceivably match or eclipse. .
Ledecky has already become the first American swimmer to win three consecutive gold medals in the same event.
Caeleb Dressel has revealed he isn’t feeling 100% despite his own world record winning gold in the men’s 100m butterfly from Kristof Milak.
American Dressel triumphed in 49.45 seconds, bettering his own mark of 49.50 from July 2019 in Gwangju, to beat Milak, with Switzerland’s Noe Ponti taking bronze.
“It was well executed, my body wasn’t as good as it could have been, that’s the body I was given that day, I felt better yesterday,” said Dressel. “It hurt a lot but it was okay. I knew my race plan and stuck to it, got the job done. What a close race. Two of the fastest times in history.
“It’s not often the case so to be a part of this is very special. The event is only going to speed up. I’m aware of that and it’s just exciting that it took a world record to to earn.”
Milak also remarked after the race that the pair would push each other and be inspired for future world records.
Australian Kaylee McKeown backed up her gold medal in the 100m backstroke with a victory in the 200m, ahead of Canadian Kylie Masse and compatriot Emily Seebohm.
Great Britain, powered by Adam Peaty, won the mixed 4x100m medley relay, ahead of China and Australia.
BROWNLEE TRIUMPH AS GB MAKES HISTORY
Great Britain made history by winning the first-ever mixed triathlon gold medal, winning 14 seconds ahead of the United States.
Jonny Brownlee, who won individual bronze in 2012 and silver in 2016, opened up a big lead for the Brits in the second leg which they held on to.
Jessica Learmonth had started for Team GB, before the Brownlee stage, with Georgia Taylor-Brown and Alex Yee finishing it.
“Olympic Games? You finished them,” Brownlee said. “It’s absolutely amazing. It’s my third Olympics and I finally have the gold.”
Great Britain finished in 1:23:41, with France taking bronze behind the American team.
PERFECT GROUP STAGE FOR HOCKEYROOS
Australia’s Hockeyroos completed a perfect group stage after last-quarter goals from Savannah Fitzpatrick and Emily Chalker sealed a 2-0 win over Argentina.
The win means Australia lead Group B with five wins from five games and will face the fourth country in Group A, either Great Britain, India or Ireland.
Australia’s hockey team are three-time Olympic gold medalists but have not won a medal since Sydney 2000 and have been in a tumult heading into Tokyo 2020 with a coaching change.
China were eliminated despite beating New Zealand 3-2, while Japan also pulled out after a 4-1 loss to Spain, who finished second in Pool B.
Germany and the Netherlands face off on Saturday night to determine first place in Pool A ahead of Monday’s quarter-finals.
RUSH FOR SAN MARINO MEDALS
The tiny European nation of San Marino has won its second Olympic medal, just 48 hours after clinching its first.
Alessandra Perilli, who took bronze on Thursday in women’s trap shooting, teamed up with Gian Marco Berti to clinch silver in mixed team trap, beaten 41-40 by Spain in the final.
San Marino, with a population of 33,600, is the least populous country to win an Olympic medal, having competed in the Games since 1960.
The United States beat Slovakia 42-42 (3-2) in the final for the bronze medal.