U.S. women's volleyball remains unbeaten: The quarterfinal-bound Americans (4-0) held off the Italians 25-22, 25-22, 23-25, 25-20.
It's fitting, of course, that Phelps' final race resulted in gold, the 23rd gold medal of his career and 28th Olympic medal overall.
Photos of the swimmer make it look as though she were swimming in the pool by herself, so far ahead she was of the rest of her competitors.
Friday's victory provided the most compelling example yet of the extent to which Ledecky is dominating women's swimming.
Then she was off, diving into the pool. "The memories mean more than the medals to me".
"I feel very lucky to get on that podium again".
Ledecky did not have the best night's sleep Thursday. "I'm glad to be that person".
FENCING: The U.S. fencing team won bronze in men's foil, its first medal in the event in 84 years.
On the medal stand, though, she finally broke down in tears. At the time, Washington was trailing by four runs. She remains unbeaten in a global competition.
"At match point, honestly my hand was shaking, but I was like "I need to hit the crap out of the ball" and it worked", - Puig was feeling the pressure as she saw off Petra Kvitova. "She'll continue to break records".
By midway through the race, Ledecky was well ahead of the world-record pace. Nadal also reached the semifinals in his bid for a second Olympic singles gold, overcoming his Brazilian opponent and a raucous flag-waving home crowd.
The finals for the men's and women's 4x100 individual medley will take place in the pool tomorrow night at 9:49pm EST and 10:04pm EST respectively.
The fans were in a fever. She was Secretariat at the Belmont in '73, sprinting away from the field to win by 31 lengths.
Ledecky, the defending champion in the event that first put her on the worldwide radar, recorded a winning time of 8:04.79, breaking her own record set in January by 1.89 seconds. Even janitors, dropping their brooms, were now cheering Ledecky.
The American, who now has four golds and one silver at Rio - the same haul as Michael Phelps - shaved almost two seconds off her own world record. "The Olympics are the pinnacle of our sport and I have to wait four more years to have that moment again, so I wanted the last one to be special". "I couldn't have gone any faster, it's impossible".
Spain's Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez won the first tennis final of Rio 2016, taking gold in the men's doubles.
In fact, this Rio Olympiad has just been a continuation of the historic domination that Ledecky has imposed on the swimming world since before the 2012 Olympics.
Her dominance is much bigger than one race.
She did that and more.
Nothing is guaranteed in swimming.
In the last individual race of his Olympic career Friday - no, really, seriously, he swears it's the last one - Phelps won a silver medal in the 100-meter butterfly.
But nobody right now is doubting Katie Ledecky.
How did she think people would remember her based on this week?
In total, the United States took three of the four gold medals on Friday, plus a silver and a bronze. "The possibilities are endless for her". "And I think in the future we're going to look back, and the sport's history will be divided into pre-Katie and post-Katie".
For Katie Ledecky, there is more, so much more to come.