RIO DE JANEIRO (WWBT) - A commanding performance in the water by the United States' best female swimmers resulted in Olympic gold during Wednesday's 4x200m freestyle relay at Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio.
The 4x200m freestyle relay presented another chance for the United States to medal in the pool as Allison Schmitt, Leah Smith, Maya DiRado, and Katie Ledecky led the American team into the water, facing off against Japan, Hungary, China, Australia, Russia, Canada, and Sweden in the finals.
In the heats leading up to Wednesday night's final, the United States outpaced second-place Australia by nearly two seconds, setting a time of 7:47.77.
The American team was able to improve on that time in the medal event, earning gold with a time of 7:43.03.
This was Ledecky's third gold of the 2016 Olympics.
The results of the 4x200m freestyle relay are as follows:
- United States - 7:43.03
- Australia - 7:44.87
- Canada - 7:45.39
- China - 7:47.96
- Sweden - 7:50.26
- Hungary - 7:51.03
- Russia - 7:53.26
- Japan - 7:56.76
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