Katie Ledecky is the most accomplished swimmer of her generation, but even she was left to recognize the greatness of what happened. Ariarne Titmus had come from behind on the last leg to deal Ledecky her first ever individual defeat on the Olympic stage.
The 400-meter freestyle competition had started according to plan. Ledecky pulled ahead and did what she always seems to do. She performed like the fastest swimmer on the planet, a title she very much established herself to be over the last decade.
That’s when the Titmus show began.
The 20-year-old Australian started to bridge the gap between herself and the reigning champion, who had set
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