RIO DE JANEIRO — Katie Ledecky was the fastest swimmer in the pool, and she brought her American teammates along for the ride.
The 19-year-old turned in another overpowering performance to carry the United States to victory in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay late Wednesday, capturing her third gold and fourth medal overall at the Rio Olympics.
The U.S. trailed through the first three legs of the race, as Sweden, China and then Australia swapped the top spot.
Then, it was Ledecky’s turn on the anchor leg.
She blew everyone else away.
Ledecky turned in a split of 1 minute, 53.74 seconds, which was nearly 2 1-2 seconds faster than her next-fastest teammate, Allison Schmitt in 1:56.21.
Only one other swimmer in the race, Australia’s Emma McKeon, got within a second of Ledecky.
The Australians settled for silver, and Canada took the bronze.
Colorado’s Missy Frankin — who struggled in the individual 200-meter freestyle event on Monday, finishing 13th in the semifinals and failing to qualify for the finals — swam in the relay semifinals earlier Wednesday but was not named to the finals lineup of Allison Schmitt, Leah Smith, Maya Dirado and Ledecky.
Franklin received a gold medal for being a part of the preliminary team.
The Denver Post contributed to this story.
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