The cool tones of Rihanna suited the mood as Katie Ledecky paraded around the burning deck: “Baby, this is what you came for; Lightning strikes every time she moves; And everybody’s watching her..” They’re not betting on her though. No point: 1/100 for the win. Here at the home 2036 Games in Washington DC … Oh, alright then, Rio 2016 (more on 2040 below) – but Jazz Carlin (GBR), Boglarka Kapas (HUN), Mireia Belmonte (ESP) and the rest must surely have felt the timewarp just as keenly as we watched it. Ledecky, a 19-year-old from Bethesda, Maryland, roared into the history books with a world record of 8:04.79.
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