Katie Ledecky Claims Gold at London Games

Aug. 3, 2012

LONDON - History has been written. Katie Ledecky, daughter of former Lobo swimmer Mary Gen Hagan, will not be forgotten anytime soon. The native of Bethesda, Md., crushed the competition in the final of the 800-meter freestyle earlier today to become the youngest-ever gold medal winner in that event. Her time of 8:14.63 was more than four seconds better than that of Mireia Belmonte Garcia of Spain who took silver.

Ledecky's age 15 years, 139 days, is enough to make her the youngest gold medal winner in this event and the 2012 London Games, but she is not the youngest person to win hardware in swimming for Team USA. Beth Botsford, who won gold in Atlanta in 1996, was 77 days younger than Ledecky when she claimed first place.

If Ledecky's performance today, paired with that of Missy Franklin, Allison Schimdt and other young members of Team USA in the water, were an indication of what's to come in the future, it is safe to say that the United States is in good hands.