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Bethesda Native Katie Ledecky Wins 800m Freestyle, 2nd Gold In Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO (WJZ) -- Katie Ledecky won her second gold in the Tokyo Olympics Saturday morning, Friday night for those on the east coast of America, where Ledecky calls home.

The Bethesda native won the 800m freestyle. She won the 1500m freestyle earlier this week and is also taking home two silver medals.

Ledecky was pushed hard by Australian rival Ariarne Titmus.

Ledecky finished up with two golds, two silver and a fifth-place finish at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre — not as successful as she was five years ago in Rio de Janeiro, but not bad at all.

Ledecky became the first female swimmer to capture six individual gold medals with her third straight Olympic title in the 800 free.

She led all the way in a race she hasn't lost since 2010, winning with a time of 8 minutes, 12.57 seconds.

Titmus closed strong to claim the silver in 8:13.83, while the bronze went to Italy's Simona Quadarella in 8:18.35.

Ledecky lost her first two individual matchups with Titmus, but finally beat the Terminator in their final showdown.

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