In Rio on Friday two Bay Area swimmers took home gold medals, including Stanford's own Katie Ledecky, who took home her fourth gold in these Olympic games. 23-year-old Maya Dirado of San Francisco, also a Stanford alum, took home a gold medal in the 200-meter backstroke, as KRON 4 reports.
Ledecky's fourth medal came in the 800-meter freestyle, making her just the second woman in Olympic history to sweep the three longest freestyle races, the 200, the 400, and the 800, the first being Debbie Meyer in Mexico City in 1968.
As the Chronicle notes, Ledecky also broke her second world record. She also joins Amy Van Dyken and Missy Franklin among the only American women to win four gold medals in a single Olympics.
In other Olympic news, per ABC 7, "Venus Williams is one victory away from her record-tying fifth Olympic tennis medal and she got there by beating the woman who halted her sister's bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam."