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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Katie Ledecky was the fastest swimmer in the pool, and she brought her American teammates along for the ride. Chris Campbell Hoodie .Ledecky, 19, turned in another overpowering performance to carry the United States to victory in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay late Wednesday, capturing her third gold and fourth medal overall at the Rio Olympics.The U.S. trailed through the first three legs of the race, as Sweden, China and then Australia swapped the top spot.Then, it was Ledeckys turn on the anchor leg.When she entered the pool, the Americans trailed Australia by 0.89 seconds. They won the race by 1.84 seconds.Ledecky turned in a split of 1 minute, 53.74 seconds, which was nearly 2? seconds faster than her next-fastest teammate, Allison Schmitt in 1:56.21.?Only one other swimmer in the race, Australias Emma McKeon, got within a second of Ledecky.I was prepared for any circumstance, whether we were ahead of behind, Ledecky said.Schmitt, Maya DiRado and Leah Smith joined Ledecky on the podium.The U.S. finished in 7 minutes, 43.03 seconds, with Ledecky a full body length ahead of Tamsin Cook, who touched in 7:44.87 to give Australia the silver. Canada took the bronze in 7:45.39.And get this: Ledeckys relay time was only one-hundredth of a second slower than her winning time in the 200 free the previous night.Its good consistency, I guess, she said nonchalantly.The teenager from suburban Washington has one more race to go, and it might be the biggest lock of all. Shes the world-record holder and defending Olympic champion in the 800 free.According to ESPN Stats & Information research, the U.S. has won five of six gold medals in the womens 4x200-meter freestyle relay at the Olympics since the event was introduced in 1996.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.? Cheap Cardinals Hoodies Jerseys . Mitch Holmberg added a goal and three assists. Connor Chartier also scored for the Chiefs (3-0-0). Luke Harrison spoiled Garrett Hughsons shutout bid with a power-play goal at 13:17 of the third period. The Spokane goaltender finished with 28 saves, including a Brandon Fushimi penalty shot in the second period that would have tied the game 1-1. Cheap Cardinals Hoodies . Deulofeu injured a muscle in his right leg in Evertons 4-1 win over Fulham in the English Premier League on Saturday. Barcelona says that its team doctors will "co-ordinate" with Evertons medical staff as Deulofeu recovers. . The veteran safety was a starter for the Bengals from 2008-2012. He totaled 41 tackles and three interceptions while starting all but four of the 13 games he played last season. CHICAGO -- Ralph Waldo Emersons famous six words America is another name for opportunity ring true for Ireland ahead of Saturdays Test against New Zealand at Soldier Field.For starting back-row CJ Stander, the two uncapped players on the bench and a team who havent beaten the All Blacks in 111 years, it feels on this week of all weeks in Chicago they are hoping to grasp the opportunity and create a slice of their own history in the Windy City.It will be the first time Stander has faced the All Blacks as an Ireland international. With his Munster colleague Peter OMahony and Leinster back-row Sean OBrien absent from the squad, Stander has been given a chance by Joe Schmidt to nail his colours to the No.6 mast and hopes they can capitalise on the feel-good atmosphere engulfing Chicago in the wake of the Cubs World Series win.Theres a lot of excitement in town and its good to feed off that excitement going into the weekend, Stander said. Its always a great opportunity whenever youre in a green jersey.That word opportunity also covered the analysis theyve done of the All Blacks and how Ireland hope to match that vicious last 20 minute burst from the Kiwis which became synonymous with their Rugby Championship campaign.For uncapped duo Garry Ringrose and Joey Carbery, they too are looking to grasp the opportunity of being in the squad for Saturdays game. Ringrose brings excitement, according to Stander, while Carbery offers calmness.Ireland coach Joe Schmidt admitted they are being thrown into the deep end but wants tthem to put in a performance belying their international inexperience. Cardinals Hoodies Jerseys Sale. Its a little bit daunting for them but its a great opportunity for them to learn, Schmidt said. When they get out there Ive no doubt the pace of the game will be pretty sharp.Those two youngsters, they can run all day and hopefully were not chasing shadows. Hopefully they can get a shot with the ball and demonstrate a little bit of the talent weve seen in them.And then the overarching opportunity is to put to bed, in a Cubs-like manner, over a century of failing to get over the finishing line against the worlds best side.Their previous meeting was back in 2013 when New Zealand scored in the last play of the game to win 24-22 -- breaking Irish hearts in the process -- and Conor Murray was at scrum-half that day. On Saturday he gets another chance to put right those wrongs and banish the hoodoo.Weve just got to believe in ourselves, Murray said. It does take an 80 minute performance and thats part of the exciting challenge of this week.Youre up against the best team in the world who are playing very, very well.You want to pit yourself against the best, the last couple of times Ive played them Ive learnt a lot about myself as a player so hopefully were a bit more well-equipped, I know we are.We can go out there with confidence, knowing it will take a serious effort and we will have to be close to our best. Cheap NFL Hoodies Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Jerseys NFL ChinaWholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping ' ' '