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Exciting finish in women's 400m freestyle

The 19-year-old crushed the mark of 3:58.37 that she set almost two years ago on the Gold Coast of Australia, and had been chasing ever since.

"I saw those (British) flags and each one represented what I'm actually here for - to represent one of the best countries on earth", said Peaty.

She's become almost predicable in stepping it up on the big stage, though she set a world record in the 800 free at an invitational in Woodlands, Texas last summer. She beat Great Britain's Jazz Carlin by nearly five seconds while teammate Leah Smith won the bronze medal. This fetched her first gold medal of the Rio Olympics 2016 after the silver medal she won on the previous day as a part of the American squad in the Women's 4x100m freestyle finals.

Katie Ledecky surprised nobody on Sunday when she once again did something we've never seen before.

"I've been training with her for the past month", Smith said.

Defending Olympic champion France was out front when Phelps dove into the water on the second leg, taking over for leadoff swimmer Caeleb Dressel. And so they sang, Smith on a lower rung as the bronze medalist, Ledecky on top with the gold, exactly where she was supposed to be. "I was just trying to set a [personal] best time, and for me that just happens to be a world record". Back when she was 17, she already broke the 4-minute barrier, setting the record at 3:58.37. Ledecky is now two for two in the medals this Rio Games after winning silver in the Women's 4x100 freestyle Relay. The American, who has not lost an individual final in her career at 12 finals and 12 gold medals and made it 13 for 13 in this event.

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Sjostrom was the first to shine, a time of 55.48 seconds in the 100m butterfly enough for her to triumph by a wide margin and become the first Swedish woman to claim an Olympic gold medal in the pool.

She played the board game Yahtzee with her roommates in the afternoon, and then donned headphones while getting mentally prepared for the late-night race.

The question when Katie Ledecky stepped onto the blue and white starting block at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on Sunday wasn't if she would win, but by how much.

Still to come: the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay, featuring the most decorated athlete in Olympic history. The younger guys started crying, I started crying. She was only 15 when she won a gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle at the London Games four years ago, and she spent most of her time cheering for the rest of the team because her final wasn't until the seventh day of the eight-day meet. USA swimmer Cody Miller took the bronze, edging fellow American Kevin Cordes 58.87 to 59.22. In addition, she could pick up another gold in the 4x200 free relay.

"He told me really kind words at the end", del Potro said, "and I appreciated that".

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