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Ledecky’s goal is to not think about what’s next after Tokyo Olympics

Plus: Chevy Chase swimmer places fifth in Olympics 200-meter backstroke; Silver Spring paraeducator finishes 12th in Olympics triple jump

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Ledecky’s goal is to not think about what’s next after Tokyo Olympics

Twenty-four hours after wrapping up her Tokyo Olympics meet — after earning gold medals in the women’s 1,500- and 800-meter freestyles and silver in the 400 free and 4×200 free relay — Katie Ledecky of Bethesda had no qualms about looking back on eight days of competition.

Her wins in the 800 and 1,500 gave her six gold medals in individual events across her Olympic career, the most in history for a female swimmer. [Washington Post]

Chevy Chase swimmer places fifth in Olympics 200-meter backstroke

Phoebe Bacon of Chevy Chase qualified for the finals in the women’s 200-meter backstroke at the Olympics in Tokyo, then finished fifth overall.

Bacon’s time of 2:06.40 was .23 seconds behind the bronze-medal finisher. [Olympics.com]

Silver Spring paraeducator finishes 12th in Olympics triple jump

Thea LaFond, a paraeducator at John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring, qualified for the women’s triple jump finals at the Olympics in Tokyo, setting a record for her homeland of Dominica.

But in the finals, LaFond fouled twice, and her other jump was well behind the rest of the 12-woman field. [Montgomery Community Media]

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