Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 11, 2016
Date Finished: August 12, 2016
Swimming World magazine predicted that this race would be over by 25 metres, if not by the time the swimmers took their blocks. [Katie Ledecky] was a prohibitive favorite. She was the defending champion, the 2013 and 2015 World Champion, the 2014 Pan-Pac Champion, and had never been defeated at 800 metres in international competition. She had already won gold in the 200 free, the 400 free, and anchored the USA to gold in the 4x200 free relay, so she was obviously in good form. The only major question was how fast she could swim. The world record of 8:06.68, which she held, was felt to have no shelf life, but what was possible for her â 8:04, 8:03, 8:02? The only other question was who would get the other medals.
In the prelims Ledecky posted 8:12.86, winning the heat by over 6Â½ seconds. In the final, if there was any doubt at all of her dominance, it was over by 100 metres, as she led Britainâs [Jazz Carlin] by almost two seconds. That lead was increased at each split, eventually winning in a world record 8:04.79, besting Carlin by 11.38 seconds, the largest margin in the event since [Debbie Meyer] won by 11.7 seconds in 1968, the first time it was held at the Olympics.
Ledeckyâs 200-400-800 triple matched the feat of Meyer, who won the same events in 1968. Her four gold medals in Rio had been previously done, among women, by [Kornelia Ender] in 1976, [Amy Van Dyken] in 1996, and [Missy Franklin] in 2012, all trailing the six golds won by [Kristin Otto] in 1988. Her three individual golds made her the eighth woman to achieve this at one Olympics in swimming, also trailing Otto, who won four in 1988.
|1||Katie Ledecky||19||United States||USA||Gold||WR|
|2||Jazz Carlin||25||Great Britain||GBR||Silver|
|6||Leah Smith||21||United States||USA|
|9||Lauren Boyle||28||New Zealand||NZL|
|15||Camilla Hattersley||21||Great Britain||GBR|
|16||Emma Robinson||21||New Zealand||NZL|
|27||Talita Te Flan||21||Cote d'Ivoire||CIV|