Katie Ledecky wins 200 free with world’s fastest time

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Katie Ledecky competes in the women’s 200-meter final at the TYR Pro Swim Series swim meet Friday, April 9, 2021, in Mission Viejo, Calif. Ledecky won the final. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (AP) — Katie Ledecky won the 200-meter freestyle at the TYR Pro Swim Series meet with the world’s fastest time this year.

Ledecky touched first in 1 minute, 54.40 seconds in the outdoor pool Friday. She was well ahead of three-time Olympian Allison Schmitt, who was second in 1:58.04. Ledecky’s time tied Schmitt’s U.S. Open record set in 2012.

Ledecky’s best time in the event is 1:53.73 set at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, where she won gold.

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