Katie Ledecky Was The Most #Amazing Athlete Of The Olympics On Sunday

Katie Ledecky gave Team USA its first gold medal with a record-breaking time in the 400 freestyle

Katie Ledecky swims better than you — Getty Images
Aug 08, 2016 at 10:56 AM ET

US swimming prodigy Katie Ledecky was so dominant on Sunday in the 400-meter freestyle that the only person she was really racing was herself. She set the world record in the that event during the 2014 Pan Pacific Games. On Sunday, she coasted to the gold medal and beat her own world record with a time of 3 minutes 56.46 seconds, almost five seconds faster than silver medalist Jazz Carlin of Britain.

Vocativ analyzed Twitter chatter surrounding the Olympics and found that Ledecky’s world record was deemed the most #amazing thing that happened at the games on Sunday, according to Twitter users. From 11 p.m. ET Sunday and 10 a.m. Monday morning, Ledecky’s name was mentioned 135,831 times.


Having won the 800-meter freestyle in 2012, Ledecky’s win in the 400 freestyle was her second Olympic gold medal. It’s her second medal of the 2016 games as she won a silver medal as part of Team USA’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay team on Saturday.