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America’s Ledecky wins inaugural Olympic women’s 1500m freestyle gold

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World record-holder Katie Ledecky claimed the first ever women’s Olympic 1500m gold medal Wednesday, producing a commanding swim to annihilate the field.

The American, just 75 minutes after finishing a disappointing fifth in the 200m freestyle final, clocked 15mins 37.34secs ahead of teammate Erica Sullivan (15:41.41) and Germany’s Sarah Kohler (15:42.91).

 

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