Local angle: Ledecky, 15, wins gold in 800 free

Katie Ledecky, who turned 15 in March, is the youngest member of the powerful U.S. swim team and a newcomer on the international scene.

And now, the newest owner of a gold medal.


Ledecky, of Bethesda, took the lead by the 150-meter mark and was on world-record pace through 750 meters, winning the women's 800-meter freestyle in 8 minutes, 14.63 seconds.

It was the second-fastest time in history, behind only Rebecca Adlington's world-record mark when she won the event four years ago at the Olympics. Adlington, of Britain, took the bronze Friday night at the Aquatics Centre.

Ledecky's margin of victory was especially notable: 4.13 seconds. She broke the American record set by Janet Evans nearly 23 years ago. Evans went 8:16.22 in Tokyo in August 1989, which stood as the world record until Adlington broke it in 2008.

"I just set some really good short-term and long-term goals," Ledecky said. "I've just been putting in some hard training. I've really learned how to train hard and train fast. It's just paid off.

"This crowd was incredible here for Rebecca. I was actually a lot less nervous for this race than I was for my prelims. Just being in a race with those great girls was incredible."

Centrowitz reaches semi

Matthew Centrowitz, a Broadneck High graduate, made a strong push over the final lap of his preliminary heat in the men's 1,500 meters to earn a place in Sunday's semifinals.

Centrowitz finished fifth in his heat in a time of 3:41.39. The top six finishers in each of the three heats automatically advance to the semifinals.

"It's nerve-racking like most heats, but you know I got into a little bit of trouble with 250 to go — some guy almost fell, so I was definitely trying to stay out of trouble in these heats, and the guy falling right next to you makes that difficult," Centrowitz told USA Track & Field. "I was pleased with the finish."

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Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria had the fastest qualifying time of 3:35.15.

The final is Tuesday.

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11 rebounds for McCoughtry


Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) had eight points and 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals in 18 minutes, as the U.S. women's basketball team (4-0) rolled to an 88-61 victory over the Czech Republic in pool play.

The Americans pulled away in the second and third quarters, outscoring the Czechs 46-21.

The United States ran its Olympic winning streak to 37 games in its bid for a fifth consecutive gold medal.

Et cetera

•Jamaica's Allison Randall (Morgan State) finished 15th in her 17-athlete heat in the women's discus with a throw of 58.06meters and failed to advance.

Cuba's Yarelys Barrios was first in the heat with a toss of 65.94.

•Bermuda's Jesse Kirkland (St. Mary's College) and his brother Zander finished sixth, 10th and 12th in races Friday and are 18th of 20 competitors after 11 of 15 qualifying races in the men's 49er sailing.

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