It was never a matter of if, just a matter of when: Katie Ledecky won her first individual gold of the 2016 Rio Olympics in world record time on Sunday night.
The 400m freestyle was her first individual swim of the Games, and she won with a time of three minutes, 56.46 seconds. Her nearest competitor, Great Britain’s Jazz Carlin, earned the silver medal almost five seconds behind Ledecky. She broke the existing world record – her own, set in 2014 – by about two seconds.
Ledecky’s U.S. teammate Leah Smith claimed the bronze with 4:01.92.