Bethesda’s Katie Ledecky Wins Gold Medal in 400-Meter Free, and Sets Another World Record

PHOTO: Katie Ledecky | Team USA

PHOTO: Katie Ledecky | Team USA

Bethesda’s Katie Ledecky won her first gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Sunday night with a time of 3:56.46 in the 400-meter freestyle, breaking the world record she set back in 2014.

“It feels great,” Ledecky said in an interview with NBC following her epic swim.

Her gold medal follows the silver medal she won on Saturday night as the anchor of the women’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay. It’s also her 12th world record.

Ledecky will be back in the water on Monday swimming in the semis in the 200 free with the finals scheduled for Tuesday night.

Her fans in the U.S.A., including her hometown fans in Montgomery County, could not be prouder. Her name was trending on Twitter following her win on Sunday night with shout outs from everyone from former Olympian Janet Evans to actor Samuel Jackson to her high school and even the county government’s account.

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