Lotte Friis of Denmark, Katie Ledecky of the United States and Lauren Boyle of New Zealand with their 1500-meter medals // Getty Images

Lotte Friis of Denmark, Katie Ledecky of the United States and Lauren Boyle of New Zealand with their 1500-meter medals // Getty Images

Swimming

15:36.53 to make a change

BARCELONA — It is 29 years since Joan Benoit ran the marathon at the Los Angeles Summer Games.

Women now compete at the Summer Games in wrestling and boxing. At the 2012 London Games, every national Olympic committee in the world — finally — sent female competitors. The U.S. team was more than 50 percent female.

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Janet Evans: no compromise, no limits, all courage

OMAHA — Janet Evans came out of the water after swimming her preliminary heat in the 400 meters and said, with a big smile, albeit perhaps a little ruefully, “Janet just got 80th with a 4:21!”

This was after the sixth heat of 12. Janet, who had just finished seventh in her bunch of nine, had no idea what place she would ultimately finish. All she knew at that instant was that she was for sure not going to make the U.S. Olympic Team in the 400 and yet the crowd was cheering for her like crazy.