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By Sacha Mirzabegian02:00

US Olympic large Katie Ledecky has claimed her 2nd golden medal successful Tokyo taking retired the 800m freestyle, portion Ariarne Titmus won silver.

Titmus, racing from lane six, pushed each the mode and was wrong a assemblage magnitude successful the closing laps but it was Ledecky, who led from commencement to finish, continuing her dominance successful the 16-lap lawsuit with her last aquatics successful Tokyo.

"The 800 is the 1 that was benignant of similar a bonus, this is simply a overmuch tougher tract for me," Titmus said aft the race.

"I knew I had to wounded contiguous ... I tried to existent her backmost successful astatine the end, I did my best, I'm beauteous blessed with a PB."

Ledecky, the two-time defending Olympic golden medalist successful the 800m, came into the last astir 2 seconds quicker than her nearest rival and was a chopped supra the field, winning successful a clip of 8:12:57.

The American has recorded the 24 fastest times successful the event's past and owns the satellite and Olympic grounds of 8:04.79 — acceptable successful Rio 5 years ago.

Titmus was gunning for a uncommon 200-400-800m treble but volition present adhd metallic to her tally.

Simona Quadarella won bronze for Italy, and the different Australian successful the field, Kiah Melverton, came sixth.

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