Katie Ledecky looked a little “flat” and “slow” despite winning Olympic gold in the 1500m freestyle final, according to British swimmer Keri-Anne Payne.

The American, who had missed out on gold in the 200m and 400m freestyle finals, bounced back to finish over four seconds ahead of compatriot Erica Sullivan.
But Payne, an Olympic silver medallist, believes there is more to come from Ledeceky, 24, in the 800m final.
Speaking on Eurosport’s Tokyo Today, she said: “In my opinion she looked a little flat, she looked a little bit slow, a little bit short in the performance that she put on today.
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Katie Ledecky of United States is seen on the podium after winning the Women's 1500m Freestyle final on day five of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

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“But she still is Olympic champion.”
Payne added the 800m is “going to be an interesting one.”
Ledecky and Titmus are expected to face off in the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay.
The 20-year-old Tasmanian, nicknamed The Terminator, won gold in the 200m and 400m finals.

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It is only the first and second time Ledecky has lost individual finals in her three Olympic outings.
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