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Ledecky kicks off Olympic year with 46.83 second freestyle victory

Ledecky kicks off Olympic year with 46.83 second freestyle victory

06/03/2020 at 11:28Updated 06/03/2020 at 14:18

Katie Ledecky began her Olympic year with a 46.83 second victory in a 1500m freestyle at a Tyr Pro Swim Series meet on Wednesday.

Ledecky's time of 15:29.51 was the fifth-fastest ever recorded, and the swimmer now boasts the 10 fastest times in the new Olympic event.

“It’s March — we don’t gear up for this meet in any special way,” Ledecky said while acknowledging that she performed six seconds better than the 2019 world-leading time she achieved at the US Open in December.

" I’m training right now just as well or better than I was in Rio. I feel like whenever I can do things in training that I’ve never done before, that I’m in a good place."

Leah Smith, who is herself an Olympic medalist in the 400m and 800m disciplines, came in second with a time of 16:16.34.

Ledecky has gone undefeated in both the 800m and the 1500m since winning the 2012 Olympic 800m free at age 15.

She is aiming to swim the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle races at the Tokyo Games, as well as the 4x200m free relay.