And the seventh World Record came at Day 7 of the swimming competition at these Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In an outstanding solitary effort in the women’s 800m free, Katie Ledecky (USA) largely improved her own global mark, touching for gold in 8:04.79, almost two seconds faster than the time (8:06.68) she recorded in January 2016. With this victory, the 19-year-old earns her fifth medal and fourth gold here in Rio, after the titles in the 200m, 400m and 4x200m free, and the silver in the 4x100m free. This victory also continues her winning strike in individual events since London 2012, and including the 2013 and 2015 FINA World Championships.
In a race without opposition for Ledecky, the silver went to Jazz Carlin (GBR) in (a distant) 8:16.17, while Boglarka Kapas (HUN) got the bronze in 8:16.37. The British swimmer had been third at the 2015 Worlds, while the Magyar competitor was sixth in the Olympic final four years ago. Lotte Friis, the 2009 world champion and silver medallist in 2011 and 2013 was only seventh, while Mireia Belmonte (ESP), runner-up in London, finished in fourth.
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