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Rio 2016 Olympics Swimming: Virginia’s Leah Smith to race in 800m freestyle finals

Could Leah Smith get a third medal in the Olympics?

Swimming - Olympics: Day 2 Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images

Leah Smith, the proud owner of a bronze and a gold medal already in these Rio 2016 Olympics, will have another shot at a medal in the 800m freestyle after qualifying for the race finals.

Smith swam a 8:21.43, good for fourth place – which was also the fourth overall fastest time across the heats – behind aquatic animal Katie Ledecky in the fourth qualifying heat for the race. Ledecky set a new Olympic record of 8:12.86 in the race.

The 800m is the longest swim at the Olympics for women. The men have the option to do the 1,600m swim as well.

The finals will take place during the 9pm coverage block on Friday, August 12.

Smith has received a lot of support so far, including from fans, fellow UVA athletes, and her hometown teams.