Rio Olympics: Twitter Responds in Shock to Katie Ledecky's World-Record Win
The gold-medal winner finished the race a full 11 seconds ahead of the next competitor and quickly became an online sensation.
Swimmer Katie Ledecky broke the world record in the 800-meter freestyle on Friday at the Summer Olympics in Rio, winning the gold medal for her performance and gaining some social media fans along the way.
Ledecky finished the race in 8 minutes, 4.79 seconds, waiting a full 11 seconds for the next swimmer, Jazz Carlin, to finish and claim silver.
After her impressive win, Twitter responded to Ledecky's race with shock and incredulity, creating hashtags and memes around the memorable event.
See some of the reactions below.
By the time her opponents finished, Katie Ledecky was already back in America. pic.twitter.com/z21CtG4n3C— Diane N. Sevenay (@Diane_7A) August 13, 2016
I missed Katie Ledecky's race. Is this real? This looks photoshopped. pic.twitter.com/ZfBk5wHvDJ— Joel (@NobodyEpic) August 13, 2016
how long until katie ledecky is name-dropped on a diss track? pic.twitter.com/0pzpmcR2xT— sean. (@SeanMcElwee) August 13, 2016
I was once on a flight from NY to LA w Katie Ledecky. When the plane was over Iowa I looked over at her but she was already in California.— Lou Brutus (@LouBrutus) August 13, 2016
I'm told that Katie Ledecky's competitors tonight have just now finished their swims, so I'm calling it an evening. Good night.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) August 13, 2016
Katie Ledecky just won that race, got outta the pool and left for dinner before anyone else even finished. What was that! #allhailLedecky— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) August 13, 2016
Ledecky waiting for everyone else in the pool to finish: pic.twitter.com/TdMkQCIhEB— Sam Stryker (@sbstryker) August 13, 2016
Katie Ledecky completed her memoir "Spawn of Poseidon: The Katie Ledecky Story" while waiting for her competitors to finish the 800m race.— Catie Hogan (@CatieMac20) August 13, 2016
Ledecky is going full Secretariat on her opponents right now.— keithlaw (@keithlaw) August 13, 2016
Katie Ledecky WR! Whoa...she was like Secretariat winning the Triple Crown in the 800m freestyle. Nobody within 50m. pic.twitter.com/WEZmGCr3EP— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) August 13, 2016
Haters will say it's photoshop... pic.twitter.com/FSTQfDX67K— Tobias Harris (@tobias31) August 13, 2016