Kathleen Baker of United States competes during the heats of the Women's 400m Freestyle on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Kathleen Baker of United States competes during the heats of the Women's 400m Freestyle on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ian MacNicol Getty Images
Kathleen Baker of United States competes during the heats of the Women's 400m Freestyle on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ian MacNicol Getty Images

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