On a chilly night in Rio’s Olympic Aquatics Stadium, the U.S. women jacked their cars to the Ledecky Train and also rode it to one more gold medal for Team USA — this amazing one in the women’s 4 x 200 freestyle relay.
Anchoring the relay, Ledecky began to take over the lead in the first 100 and carried it home. The Americans’ time of 7:43.03 was nearly two seconds before the Australians. Anchored by 16-year-old phenom Penny Oleksiak, Canada earned the bronze.To be fair, every one of the four U.S. women offered as the locomotive on the convey train.
Allison Schmitt lead off the relay and came back after a gradual first 50 to go into second. Leah Smith, who won the bronze medal in the 400 free on Sunday night, and battled with Australia in the last 50. Maya DiRado, silver medalist in the 400 IM and bronze in the 200 IM, swam the 3rd leg and trapped to the Australians like glue. Then Ledecky taken it home for the gold.