The American Katie Ledecky finally achieved the long-awaited gold medal that had escaped her twice in these Tokyo Games, after becoming the first woman to be proclaimed Olympic champion of the 1,500 on Wednesday, one of the three tests that have premiered in the program in the Japanese capital.
Nor the tremendous disappointment that she suffered just an hour before in the final of the 200 free, in which she was not only defeated again by the Australian Ariarne Titmus, but in the one that did not even manage to get on the podium, prevented Ledecky from finding refuge in one of his favorite trials.
Triple world champion and universal distance record holder with a sensational 15: 20.48 no one seemed capable of stopping the American from taking the gold at the 1,500s Olympic premiere.
As Ledecky was in charge of reminding his rivals, after taking the initiative of the test from the first pitch, which he already anticipated, as is the custom, a solo career of the American.
But the taciturn Ledecky who has arrived at these Games is nothing like that of previous competitions and if before the escapes of the Washington swimmer anticipated gigantic differences, this time it was not like that.
In fact, the American, who never saw her victory in jeopardy, only surpassed her most immediate pursuer by four seconds, also the American Erica Sulivan, after winning with a “discreet” 15: 37.34.
Two seconds more than the time -15: 35.35- that Ledecky signed in the preliminaries and which constitutes the first Olympic record and almost 17 seconds more than the 15: 20.48 that she herself has since May 2018 as a world record.
Some “human” marks that allowed Erica Sulivan, silver with a time of 15: 41.41, and the German Sarah Kohler, bronze with a time of 15: 42.91, to be closer than ever to the American swimmer.
A Katie Ledecky who will try to repeat the triumph harvested this Wednesday in the long test in the 800 free, where she will meet again with the Australian Ariarne Titmus, gold in these Games both in the 200 and in the 400 free.