| Event type

400 metres Freestyle, Women

Date 7 August 2016
LocationEstádio Aquático Olímpico, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Participants32 from 25 countries

Let’s see. Katie Ledecky was entered, therefore Katie Ledecky won the gold medal. American Ledecky was the world’s nonpareil women’s distance swimmer, having won the 400, 800, and 1,500 freestyles at the 2013 World Championships; the 200, 400, 800, and 1,500 at the 2014 Pan-Pacifics; and repeated that distance four-peat at the 2015 World Championships. She had won the 800 freestyle at the London Olympics and there was no heavier favorite in Rio swimming than Ledecky in the women’s 400 and 800 freestyle.

In the heats, Ledecky swam 3:58.71, the fastest qualifying time by almost five seconds. She bettered that in the final by breaking her own world record with a time of 3:56.46, to win the first of her expected three individual gold medals. It was her third world record in the event.

Behind Ledecky, her teammate Leah Smith was expected to medal and she came through for the bronze. Smith also trailed surprising British swimmer Jazz Carlin, who was not on anybody’s favorite list for the event, although she had won gold in this event at the 2014 European Championships.

Before the end of the Rio Olympics, Ledecky won all the distance freestyle events (200-400-800), adding a gold medal in the 4x200 relay and a silver medal in the 4x100 free relay. Carlin would add another silver, also finishing second in the 800 freestyle.

1Katie LedeckyUSA3:58.71 (1 h4)3:56.46 (1)GoldWR
2Jazz CarlinGBR4:02.83 (1 h3)4:01.23 (2)Silver
3Leah SmithUSA4:03.39 (2 h3)4:01.92 (3)Bronze
4Boglárka KapásHUN4:04.11 (3 h4)4:02.37 (4)
5Brittany MacLeanCAN4:03.43 (3 h3)4:04.69 (5)
6Tamsin CookAUS4:04.36 (4 h4)4:05.30 (6)
7Jessica AshwoodAUS4:03.58 (4 h3)4:05.68 (7)
8Coralie BalmyFRA4:03.40 (2 h4)4:06.98 (8)
9Zhang YuhanCHN4:06.30 (1 h2)
10Sarah KöhlerGER4:06.55 (2 h2)
11Lotte FriisDEN4:07.13 (3 h2)
12Chihiro IgarashiJPN4:07.52 (1 h1)
13Joanna EvansBAH4:07.60 (2 h1)
14Lauren BoyleNZL4:07.90 (5 h4)
15Mireia BelmonteESP4:08.12 (5 h3)
16Andreína PintoVEN4:08.34 (4 h2)
17Melani CostaESP4:08.96 (6 h3)
18Anja KlinarSLO4:09.07 (6 h4)
19Sharon van RouwendaalNED4:11.44 (7 h4)
20Arina OpyonyshevaRUS4:11.83 (5 h2)
21Ajna KéselyHUN4:12.40 (6 h2)
22Alice MizzauITA4:14.20 (7 h3)
23Katarina SimonovićSRB4:15.57 (3 h1)
24Kristel KöbrichCHI4:16.07 (4 h1)
25Emily OverholtCAN4:16.24 (7 h2)
26Nguyễn Thị Ánh ViênVIE4:16.32 (8 h2)
27Diletta CarliITA4:17.15 (8 h4)
28Cao YueCHN4:19.57 (8 h3)
29Valerie GruestGUA4:19.58 (5 h1)
30Lani CabreraBAR4:28.95 (6 h1)
31Gabriella DoueihyLBN4:31.21 (7 h1)
32Rebeca QuinterosESA4:52.11 (8 h1)

Round One (7 August 2016 — 14:33)

Heat One (14:33)

14Chihiro IgarashiJPN4:07.520.68
23Joanna EvansBAH4:07.600.79
36Katarina SimonovićSRB4:15.570.67
42Kristel KöbrichCHI4:16.070.79
55Valerie GruestGUA4:19.580.69
67Lani CabreraBAR4:28.950.79
78Gabriella DoueihyLBN4:31.210.74
81Rebeca QuinterosESA4:52.110.80

Heat Two (14:39)

15Zhang YuhanCHN4:06.300.66
24Sarah KöhlerGER4:06.550.73
33Lotte FriisDEN4:07.130.78
46Andreína PintoVEN4:08.340.71
58Arina OpyonyshevaRUS4:11.830.69
62Ajna KéselyHUN4:12.400.76
77Emily OverholtCAN4:16.240.77
81Nguyễn Thị Ánh ViênVIE4:16.320.78

Heat Three (14:45)

13Jazz CarlinGBR4:02.830.73Q
24Leah SmithUSA4:03.390.80Q
36Brittany MacLeanCAN4:03.430.72Q
45Jessica AshwoodAUS4:03.580.80Q
52Mireia BelmonteESP4:08.120.67
68Melani CostaESP4:08.960.75
71Alice MizzauITA4:14.200.73
87Cao YueCHN4:19.570.77

Heat Four (14:51)

14Katie LedeckyUSA3:58.710.69QOR
26Coralie BalmyFRA4:03.400.68Q
33Boglárka KapásHUN4:04.110.66Q
41Tamsin CookAUS4:04.360.71Q
52Lauren BoyleNZL4:07.900.71
68Anja KlinarSLO4:09.070.78
75Sharon van RouwendaalNED4:11.440.78
87Diletta CarliITA4:17.150.77

Final (7 August 2016 — 23:01)

14Katie LedeckyUSA3:56.460.72WR
25Jazz CarlinGBR4:01.230.72
33Leah SmithUSA4:01.920.77
41Boglárka KapásHUN4:02.370.68
52Brittany MacLeanCAN4:04.690.71
68Tamsin CookAUS4:05.300.72
77Jessica AshwoodAUS4:05.680.80
86Coralie BalmyFRA4:06.980.70