Katie Ledecky's Record Shattering Swim Stuns Viewers
Even for non-swimming fans, it was easy to see just how stunning Katie Ledecky's Olympic victory was Friday night.
Staying ahead of her own world record for the entirety of the 800-meter freestyle, the 19-year-old swam into the record books once again with a gold medal win that left competitors in the dust.
In fact, as the Washington, D.C. native closed in on the win, cameras had to zoom out in order to show viewers just how far behind Ledecky's competitors were.
In the end, Ledecky beat her closest rival, Britain's silver medalist Jazmin Carlin, by an unbelievable 11 seconds.
"I just wanted to lay it all out there," Ledecky told reporters.
In taking her fourth Rio gold, Ledecky broke her own world record by swimming the eight laps with a time of 8:04.79.
She also became the first woman in decades to win all four of the longest races in one Olympics after sweeping the 200, 400 and 800 meter contests.
The last woman to do so was Debbie Meyer at the 1968 Mexico City games.