Katie Ledecky may not be an undisputed queen of the pool anymore, but don’t feel sorry for her.
The American swim star rebounded from two losses at the Tokyo Olympics to win the 1,500-meter freestyle on Wednesday.
She had a powerful message for anyone who might be disappointed that she wasn’t invincible.
“I think people maybe feel bad for me that I don’t win anything and everything, but I want people to be more concerned about other things that are going on in the world, people who are really suffering, ”Ledecky told The Associated Press. “I’m just proud to bring home a gold medal for Team USA.”
The women’s 1500 was making its Olympic debut. Ledecky, with a time of 15: 37.39, edged American Erica Sullivan to win her sixth career gold medal. Sarah Kohler of Germany won bronze.
About an hour earlier, Ledecky lost a second Olympic race to Australian gold medalist Ariarne Titmus in the 200 freestyle, finishing fifth to mark the first time she has failed to win a medal in an Olympic event.
But clearly, Ledecky intended to savor what she had accomplished.
She will also be the favorite in the 800 freestyle.