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Swimming at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 7, 2016
Date Finished: August 7, 2016

Gold: USA Katie Ledecky
Silver: GBR Jazz Carlin
Bronze: USA Leah Smith


Let’s see. [Katie Ledecky] was entered, therefore Katie Ledecky won the gold medal. American Ledecky was the world’s nonpareil women’s distance swimmer, having won the 400, 800, and 1,500 freestyles at the 2013 World Championships; the 200, 400, 800, and 1,500 at the 2014 Pan-Pacifics; and repeated that distance four-peat at the 2015 World Championships. She had won the 800 freestyle at the London Olympics and there was no heavier favorite in Rio swimming than Ledecky in the women’s 400 and 800 freestyle.

In the heats, Ledecky swam 3:58.71, the fastest qualifying time by almost five seconds. She bettered that in the final by breaking her own world record with a time of 3:56.46, to win the first of her expected three individual gold medals. It was her third world record in the event.

Behind Ledecky, her teammate [Leah Smith] was expected to medal and she came through for the bronze. Smith also trailed surprising British swimmer [Jazz Carlin], who was not on anybody’s favorite list for the event, although she had won gold in this event at the 2014 European Championships.

Before the end of the Rio Olympics, Ledecky won all the distance freestyle events (200-400-800), adding a gold medal in the 4x200 relay and a silver medal in the 4x100 free relay. Carlin would add another silver, also finishing second in the 800 freestyle.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Katie Ledecky 19 United States USA Gold WR
2 Jazz Carlin 25 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Leah Smith 21 United States USA Bronze
4 Boglárka Kapás 23 Hungary HUN
5 Brittany MacLean 22 Canada CAN
6 Tamsin Cook 17 Australia AUS
7 Jessica Ashwood 23 Australia AUS
8 Coralie Balmy 29 France FRA
9 Zhang Yuhan 21 China CHN
10 Sarah Köhler 22 Germany GER
11 Lotte Friis 28 Denmark DEN
12 Chihiro Igarashi 21 Japan JPN
13 Joanna Evans 19 Bahamas BAH
14 Lauren Boyle 28 New Zealand NZL
15 Mireia Belmonte 25 Spain ESP
16 Andreina Pinto 24 Venezuela VEN
17 Melania Costa 27 Spain ESP
18 Anja Klinar 28 Slovenia SLO
19 Sharon van Rouwendaal 22 Netherlands NED
20 Arina Opyonysheva 17 Russia RUS
21 Ajna Késely 14 Hungary HUN
22 Alice Mizzau 23 Italy ITA
23 Katarina Simonović 21 Serbia SRB
24 Kristel Köbrich 30 Chile CHI
25 Emily Overholt 18 Canada CAN
26 Nguyễn Thị Ánh Viên 19 Vietnam VIE
27 Diletta Carli 20 Italy ITA
28 Cao Yue 20 China CHN
29 Valerie Gruest 17 Guatemala GUA
30 Lani Cabrera 23 Barbados BAR
31 Gabriella Doueihy 17 Lebanon LIB
32 Rebeca Quinteros 18 El Salvador ESA