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Katie Ledecky of Team USA celebrates after winning the Women’s 1,500m Freestyle Final on day five of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Japan on Wednesday. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Swimming star Katie Ledecky concluded her Tokyo Olympic journey with four medals, including gold in the women's 800m freestyle and in the first-ever women's 1500m freestyle race.

The big picture: The 24-year-old has been dominating women’s swimming since winning her first gold at the 2012 London Games when she was just 15 years old. Since then, she's broken 14 world records and earned the title of "greatest female swimmer of our time" by Michael Phelps.

  • She now has 10 career Olympic medals, including seven golds.
What she's saying:
  • "I just wanted to finish on a really good note, and I'm so happy," she told NBC News after winning her last Tokyo Olympic race.
  • "That is not my last swim," she added. "I'm at least going to 2024, maybe 2028, we'll see ... You never know if you'll be back at the next Olympics, so just trying to soak it all in."
Tokyo medals:
  • 🥇 - Women's 800m freestyle
  • 🥇 - Women's 1500m freestyle
  • 🥈 - Women's 400m freestyle
  • 🥈- Women's 4x200m freestyle relay
Previous Olympic medals:

2012 London Games:

  • 🥇 - 800m freestyle

2016 Rio Games:

  • 🥇 - 200m freestyle
  • 🥇 - 400m freestyle
  • 🥇 - 800m freestyle
  • 🥇 - 4x200 freestyle relay
  • 🥈 - 4x100 freestyle relay
Current world records:
  • 400m freestyle (3:56.46)
  • 800m freestyle (8:04.79)
  • 1,500m freestyle (15:20.48)

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Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.

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Sep 5, 2021 - Sports

U.S. beats China for Paralympics gold in women's sitting volleyball

Team USA's Alexis Shifflett serves the ball during the Tokyo Paralympic Games women's sitting volleyball pool match against Rwanda in Chiba, Japan, on Aug. 28. Photo: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP via Getty Images

Team USA won gold in the Tokyo Paralympic Games women's sitting volleyball final on Sunday morning local time.

The big picture: The defending champions beat China 3-1 in the final. After the event was added to the Paralympics in 2004, China won the first three golds. The Americans' win took the U.S. Paralympic medals tally to 103, including 36 golds.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with details of China's previous wins in the event.

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FDA advisory panel recommends Pfizer boosters for those 65 and older

A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the Key Biscayne Community Center on Aug. 24, 2021. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A key Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Friday overwhelmingly voted against recommending Pfizer vaccine booster shots for younger Americans, but unanimously recommended approving the third shots for individuals 65 and older, as well as those at high-risk of severe COVID-19.

Why it matters: While the votes are non-binding, and the FDA must still make a final decision, Friday's move pours cold water on the Biden administration's plan to begin administering boosters to most individuals who received the Pfizer vaccine later this month.

11 hours ago - World

France recalls ambassadors from U.S. and Australia over submarine deal

Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L), French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (C), and French ambassador to the U.S. Philippe Etienne. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

France has taken the extraordinary step of recalling its ambassadors to the U.S. and Australia after both countries blindsided their French allies with a new military pact and submarine contract, the French Foreign Ministry announced on Friday.

The backstory: While sealing an agreement with the U.S. and U.K. to acquire nuclear submarines, Australia ripped up an existing $90 billion submarine deal with France. That led senior French officials to accuse the U.S. of a "stab in the back."