Ledecky wins 200 free in world’s fastest time at Santa Clara


Defending Olympic champion Katie Ledecky won the 200m freestyle in the world’s fastest time this year at the Pro Swim Series meet.

Ledecky touched in 1 minute, 55.34 seconds Saturday night. Siobhan Haughey of Hong Kong was second in 1:58.14 and Katie Drabot was third in 1:58.85.

In what the world has come to expect from Ledecky, midway through the 200m free she had already amassed more than a body-length lead over the field on her way to another impressive win.

Ledecky also won the 1,500 free Thursday by a 37 second margin, a race which has yet to be contested at an Olympic Games by women. The distance is one of Ledecky’s specialties, as the 20 year old owns the top six fastest times on record.

Set to complete her freshman year at Stanford after a week of racing, Ledecky returns her attention to the classroom, telling the Mercury News on Saturday, “I got some paper writing to do tomorrow.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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