Can we interest you in another dose of Katie Ledecky? Every Olympics has at least one focal point for American audiences, and Tokyo is another chapter for Ledecky. She has spent a career raising gold-or-bust expectations, and is now swimming with the curse of having to explain that she does not win every race. In Tokyo, so far, she has a gold medal, a silver medal and a fifth-place finish.
In the final race of this session, the women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay, Ledecky is expected to swim for the United States.
She will look to add a ninth Olympic medal to her collection, but it will probably not be gold. Australia is a big favorite, looking for a world record behind Ariarne Titmus, who won the individual 200 free and edged out Ledecky for gold in the 400 free.
The relay will not be Ledecky’s last race of these Games. She is scheduled to compete in the 800 free qualifying heats on Thursday evening (Tokyo time), after a few hours of rest.