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Ledecky, DiRado add to their Olympic medal collections

 

Stanford incoming freshman Katie Ledecky won another gold medal and Cardinal grad Maya DiRado added a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil on Tuesday night.

Ledecky earned a gold medal in the 200-meter freestyle, and DiRado captured the bronze in the 200-meter individual medley.


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Ledecky's time of 1:53.73 bested Swedish rival Sarah Sjostrom (1:54.08). It marked her second gold medal of the Rio Games as she won the 400-meter freestyle on Sunday.

She will try to become just the second female in Olympic history to win the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle in the same Games (Debbie Meyer, 1968). The prelims for the 800-meter freestyle are Thursday morning.

"The fact that Ledecky can swim a 200 (and a 100) and an 800 free in such commanding fashion is incredible," Olympic commentator Ariana Kukors said. "They are so different and she handles each one as they come. I am continually impressed in the races that she puts together. You just never know what she's going to do next."

Ledecky is only the third woman, and sixth swimmer, to win gold in both the 200 and 400 freestyle at the same Olympic Games.

DiRado, who took home the silver in the 400-meter individual medley on Saturday, was third to touch the wall in the 200 individual medley at 2:08.79.

She is just the second Cardinal to medal in the event, joining Summer Sanders' silver-medal performance in Barcelona in 1992.

It's also the third consecutive bronze medal for the United States in this event, preceded by Caitlin Leverenz in 2012 and Natalie Coughlin in 2008.

Ledecky may also compete on Wednesday's 800-meter freestyle relay team for the United States.

DiRado also has the 200-meter backstroke preliminaries on Thursday morning.

Michael Phelps still owns the 200 fly, even if it was by the closest margin in the event in an Olympics.

He became the oldest swimmer to win gold in an individual event, recording a time of 1:53.36.

Phelps also helped the 800 free relay earn gold, giving him 21 Olympic gold medals, and 25 overall.

Stanford women's swim coach and assistant Olympic coach Greg Meehan wrote on his Instagram account: "Well done @mayadorito - medal #2!!! It was inspired by another incredible night for @usaswimming and I don't think I've ever seen anything as good as what @m_phelps00 just did. Keep it movin'."

— Stanford Athletics/USA Swimming

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