Swimmer Katie Ledecky takes residence Olympic silver for Group USA as she loses 400-meter free-style to Australia’s Ariarne Titmus by lower than a second
- Katie Ledecky got here in second in Monday’s 400-meter free-style last
- She was beat out by lower than a second by Australia’s Ariarne Titmus
- The 24-year-old from California was favored to win the race after bringing residence 4 golds on the 2016 Rio Olympics
- Ledecky and Titmus will face off once more within the 200-meter freestyle
US swimming queen Katie Ledecky’s Olympic crown started to slide in Tokyo on Monday morning when she misplaced to Australia’s Ariarne Titmus by lower than a second in a hard-fought 400-meter free-style last.
The quadruple Rio 2016 gold medalist might solely handle silver after she misplaced the neck and neck battle to Australian rival Titmus by 67 hundredths of a second.
Ledecky had been main for a lot of the race however Titmus slipped previous the US champion within the neighboring lane within the last 50-meter to the touch the wall a fraction of a second forward.
China’s Li Bingiie claimed bronze.
Ledecky stated she gave it her all, however her rival was too good for her.
‘I’ve had some powerful ones through the years. It was definitely a tricky race and I delivered,’ she stated.
‘I could not do a lot better than that. [It was] an incredible race, a whole lot of enjoyable.
‘I can not be too upset. It was my second finest swim ever [over 400-meter freestyle]. I felt like I fought tooth and nail and that is all you may ask for.’
Katie Ledecky took residence silver within the 400-meter freestyle on Monday in Tokyo
Ledecky (proper) and Titmus (left) pulled effectively forward of the pack by the primary 200 meters
Titmus and Ledecky have a good time following an extremely shut race that noticed Titmus take out first place in the previous couple of meters
Ledecky stated she gave it her all, however her rival was too good for her
Ledecky stated the brand new Olympic champion Titmus outsmarted her.
‘She undoubtedly swam a very sensible race. She was actually managed up entrance. I felt easy and powerful. I regarded up at 300m and he or she was proper there so I knew it will be a battle to the top.
‘I did not really feel like I died or actually fell off. She simply had a quicker last 50m or 75m and bought her hand to the wall first.’
The 24-year-old from California gained 4 Rio 2016 gold medals with 4 victories in Rio 2016 within the 200m free-style, 400m free-style, 800m free-style and the 200m relay. Ledecky additionally gained silver within the 100m free-style relay.
And he or she picked up gold at London 2012 within the 800-meter free-style.
Titmus and Ledecky dominated the 400-meter freestyle from the outset with each swimmers vying for first place.
The pair pulled effectively forward of the pack by the primary 200 meters with a 1.88 second distinction between third place Canadian swimmer McIntosh and second-place Titmus.
The American held the lead for the preliminary 300 meters however Titmus was watching her all the way in which, actually lurking at her heels.
The younger Australian ominously surged nearer and was simply 0.16 seconds behind Ledecky with 100 meters remaining.
Titmus snatched victory away from her US rival Ledecky after recording 3:56.69 minutes
Titmus and Ledecky present dazzling sportsmanship congratulating every collectively following the extraordinary 400-meter freestyle race
Titmus then reeled in her rival in a perfectly-executed race plan to win by half a body-length in a time of three minutes 56.69 seconds.
Ledecky touched residence in 3:57.36 and China’s Bingjie was effectively again in third place in 4:01.08.
Titmus and Ledecky may also sq. off in a much-hyped 200-meter freestyle battle, although the American is favored to win their duel over 800-meter.
Group USA has to date claimed 12 medals – 5 gold, three silver and 4 bronze.
Golds went to sharpshooter Will Shaner, fencer Lee Kiefer and Anastasija Zolotic in taekwondo. In the meantime, Chase Kalisz triumphed within the males’s 400-meter particular person medley.
But the US males’s basketball workforce suffered a shock 83-76 defeat by the hands of France on Sunday, dropping on the Olympics for the primary time since 2004 and for simply the sixth time within the historical past of the match.
Simone Biles additionally had a uncommon off day on Sunday as Group USA didn’t win a qualifying spherical for the primary time since 2010 and completed second behind Russia.
Biles was left lengthy confronted after a shaky efficiency which noticed her penalized on each flooring and vault as her workforce completed on 170.526, behind their rivals on 171.629.
But she stays on monitor to win six Olympic golds after efficiently qualifying throughout all particular person and workforce competitions, regardless of taking a backwards tumble after a botched dismount on the uneven bars.