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Katie Ledecky ties Michael Phelps’ record for USA Swimming awards

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At age 21, Katie Ledecky has matched a Michael Phelps career record.

Ledecky was voted USA Swimming’s Athlete of the Year for a fifth time, tying Phelps’ mark. USA Swimming’s House of Delegates votes on the annual winner.

Ledecky, a five-time Olympic champion, earned three golds, a silver and a bronze at this year’s major international meet, the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo. She also broke her first world record since the Rio Games, taking five seconds off her 1500m freestyle time on May 16.

Ledecky earned Swimmer of the Year four straight years from 2013-16, with Caeleb Dressel snapping her streak last year. Dressel tied Phelps’ record seven gold medals at a single world championships in 2017.

Phelps was Swimmer of the Year in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008.

The award debuted in 1981. No other woman has earned it more than twice.

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David Rudisha escapes car crash ‘well and unhurt’

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David Rudisha, a two-time Olympic champion and world record holder at 800m, is “well and unhurt” after a car accident in his native Kenya, according to his Facebook account.

Kenyan media reported that one of Rudisha’s tires burst on Saturday night, leading his car to collide with a bus, and he was treated for minor injuries at a hospital.

Rudisha, 30, last raced July 4, 2017, missing extended time with a quad muscle strain and back problems. His manager said last week that Rudisha will miss next month’s world championships.

Rudisha owns the three fastest times in history, including the world record 1:40.91 set in an epic 2012 Olympic final.

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Tokyo Paralympic medals unveiled with historic Braille design, indentations

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The Tokyo Paralympic medals, which like the Olympic medals are created in part with metals from recycled cell phones and other small electronics, were unveiled on Sunday, one year out from the Opening Ceremony.

In a first for the Paralympics, each medal has one to three indentation(s) on its side to distinguish its color by touch — one for gold, two silver and three for bronze. Braille letters also spell out “Tokyo 2020” on each medal’s face.

For Rio, different amounts of tiny steel balls were put inside the medals based on their color, so that when shaken they would make distinct sounds. Visually impaired athletes could shake the medals next to their ears to determine the color.

More on the design from Tokyo 2020:

The design is centered around the motif of a traditional Japanese fan, depicting the Paralympic Games as the source of a fresh new wind refreshing the world as well as a shared experience connecting diverse hearts and minds. The kaname, or pivot point, holds all parts of the fan together; here it represents Para athletes bringing people together regardless of nationality or ethnicity. Motifs on the leaves of the fan depict the vitality of people’s hearts and symbolize Japan’s captivating and life-giving natural environment in the form of rocks, flowers, wood, leaves, and water. These are applied with a variety of techniques, producing a textured surface that makes the medals compelling to touch.

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