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Watch: Katie Ledecky Blows Competition Out Of, Er, Water, With Ludicrous Olympic Showing

Watch: Katie Ledecky Blows Competition Out Of, Er, Water, With Ludicrous Olympic Showing
By Gavin Cooney

This post is brought to you by the metaphysical concept of inadequacy. 

Look upon the mighty works of Katie Ledecky and despair. The nineteen-year-old (!) America swimmer showed a truly withering level of contempt for the world of swimming last night in blowing the World Record in the 800-metre freestyle. (It should be pointed out that it was her record).

Ledecky won her fourth gold medal of these Olympic Games last night with the kind of performance to which virtuoso doesn't do justice. The American chopped almost two seconds off her own world record to win in eight minutes 4.79 seconds, fully 12 seconds ahead of second-placed Jazz Carlin.

Here she is finishing up, with nobody else in sight. The yellow line you see is hr previous World Record time:

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Have a look at this brilliant graphic from r/Olympics as proof of her absurd domination:

Katie Ledecky in an 800m race

Elsewhere in the pool, Michael Phelps was actually denied a gold medal by Singapore's Joseph Schooling in his final solo race of his Olympic career.

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Phelps instead had to be content with silver, while Schooling won his and Singapore's first gold. Remarkably, Phelps finished level on 51.14sec with Laszlo Cseh and Chad le Clos, the first three-way tie in Olympic history. All three stood on the podium together.

The gold was all Scholing's however, and for him to beat Phelps in 2016 is remarkable. They met in Beijing eight years ago, as a very young and awkward Schooling asked his hero for a photo:

It now appears that the student has become the master.

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If only we could think of a decent pun for this situation....

(That headline: You're fired - Ed).

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