Katie Ledecky was the favorite to win the gold medal in the 1,500-meter freestyle race in Tokyo, and on the fifth day of the Games she delivered. Ledecky placed first in the event with a time of 15: 37.34, while American swimmer Erica Sullivan hit the wall in second place with a time of 15: 41.41. The Tokyo Olympics mark the first time that women have competed in the 1,500 in the history of the Games, although the race has been a men’s event since the 1908 Summer Olympics.
The 24-year-old, who made her Olympic debut in London at just 15 years old, qualified for the final with a time of 15 minutes, 35.35 seconds, and set the world record in 2018 with a time of 15 minutes, 20, 48 seconds. . The 1500-meter freestyle victory is Ledecky’s first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. She won silver in the 400m freestyle, bringing her total career medals to eight, six of which are gold.
Scroll on to see photos of Ledecky swimming in his career and the historic moment when he won.