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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Leah Smith trains with 19-year-old American swimming sensation Katie Ledecky at the Nations Capital Swim Club in Bethesda, Maryland, so she knows what to expect when she and Ledecky go racing. Wholesale MLB Blue Jays Jerseys . But it has to help, too, that Smith has a grounded sense of humor about the freakishly large margins of victory that Ledecky keeps posting -- as Ledecky did again in their 400-meter freestyle final Sunday night at the Rio Summer Olympics.When Ledecky was still a blistering 1.19 seconds under her own world record at the halfway point of the race, Smith said she wasnt tempted to steal a look because the roar of crowd seemed to grow louder with every lap. And Smith knew it could only mean one thing.When she does that, part of you is in awe and part of you is trying like crazy to catch up to her, Smith said of Ledecky with a laugh. I knew she was going to win. ... But when I saw her take off with 150 meters to go, I knew she was onto something special. Its kind of fun because you hear the crowd going insane and you try to pretend its for you, even though you know its for Katie.Ledecky shattered her previous world mark in the 400 free by 1.91 seconds, finishing Sundays final in 3:56.46 -- a time threshold that meant a lot for her because she had been chasing it (not just her previous world record of 3:58.37) for a couple of years now. Bruce Gemmel, the coach who has helped build her astonishing range at distances from the 100 to 1,500 meters, hung 3:56 out there for her a while ago, and it was one of the few things Ledecky hasnt done.British silver medalist Jazz Carlin finished 4.77 seconds behind Ledecky in 4:01.23, and Smith took the bronze in 4:01.92.All told, the U.S. grabbed five medals Sunday on a terrific night of swimming in which four world records were broken at the Olympics Aquatics Centre.Cody Miller took a bronze in the 100-meter breaststroke that Britains Andy Peaty won in world-record time, American Dana Vollmers comeback was rewarded with a bronze in the 100 butterfly in which Swedens Sarah Sjostrom broke the world record, and the American mens?4x100-meter relay pulled off an emotional win against France and Australia in world-record time, giving Michael Phelps his 19th career gold medal.It was a great night for Team USA, Ledecky said. Were rolling and excited for the rest of the week.Ledecky is among the believers that success can be contagious for a swim team when it gets to a big event like this. She was only 15 when she won a gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle at the London Games four years ago, and she spent most of her time cheering for the rest of the team because her final wasnt until the seventh day of the eight-day meet.Here in Rio, Ledecky said, the U.S. swimmers tried to get the team spirit going early by deciding to ring a cowbell every time one of its swimmers leaves their gathering spot in the warm-up pool to go to the starting blocks to race. Ledecky admits the bell is an acquired taste.When is Katie Ledeckys next race? Check out the complete scheduleI think its annoying some other teams, she said, breaking into a grin, but we have a really great team atmosphere.No wonder. Phelps meet is off to a strong start. With her win, Ledecky remains a legitimate contender to win six medals in all six of her events in Rio. Shes living up to her renown as arguably the most dominant athlete in the world.On Saturday, she won a silver anchoring the 4x100 freestyle relay, an unexpected honor that admittedly left her shaking as she waited to dive in for the final leg. She still has the 200 free and 800 free to go, plus two relays. (Shes also the current world-record holder in the 800 and 1,500, which isnt contested at the Olympics)So far, so good.Im looking forward to the challenge, Ledecky said. Justin Smoak Jersey . 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. J.A. Happ Jersey . -- Vincent Lecavalier got everything but the desired result in his return to Tampa Bay. http://www.bluejaysjerseyscheap.com/?tag=marcus-stroman-jersey . 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Parramatta club captain Tim Mannah says no man is bigger than the Eels - even his superstar best mate Jarryd Hayne.Mannah had lunch with Hayne on Monday and admits his code-hopping former teammate asked him when the Eels were going to make an offer.Mannah, though, says while it may be disappointing for fans that Hayne wont be returning to Parramatta any time soon, the embattled Eels are intent on building a club and team thats sustainable for the future rather than splashing out for one player.Gold Coast have offered him a very big sum and one thing weve learnt at the club is one player isnt bigger than the club, Mannah said after Haynes announcement on Wednesday that he was joining rival NRL club the Titans.Mannah admitted he relayed Haynes quest for an offer to Eels officials and thought it kind of got the wheels moving a bit quicker to get something to him.But he said with all the upheavals at the club in 2016 it was always going to be tough to secure Haynes services.We dont have a head of football at the moment, Mannah said.We have a CEO now but there was a little period there wherre we didnt have a lot of leadership that could have made the right calls. Randal Grichuk Jersey. But whether or not we had people there, it might not have changed anything anyway.I dont know if we would have gone down that path of throwing that kind of money around.Its all done now so theres no point us crying over split milk.Hes made the decision thats best for him. Hes a grown man and hes got to look after himself.At the same time, Parra, we want to look after ourselves as well.It would have been nice to have him at Parra but hes looked after himself and its a good chance for the club to kind of take a step back, look at what position were in now.Weve got a bit of space to work with and a bit of money to spend and we can go ahead and build a team we want to build.Mannah said he understood Haynes urgency to seal a deal.Hes got a chance to play some finals footy this year, he said.And I guess if you wanted to have a crack at that, youd have to get it done pretty quick. 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