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Ledecky celebrates new TYR deal with sizzling 200m free win

AFP  |  Los Angeles 

Five-time Olympic champion Ledecky clocked the fastest 200m freestyle time in the world this year on Friday, hours after announcing she'd inked her first professional sponsorship deal with

Ledecky has broken 14 world records and won six Olympic medals, but the 21-year-old didn't turn professional until after the collegiate championships in March.

said in a statement on Friday that their deal with Ledecky "represents the most lucrative partnership in the history of the swim industry," although no terms were revealed.

In Friday's Pro Swim meeting sponsored by TYR, Ledecky won the 200m free in 1 minute, 54.56 seconds.

That improved on the previous best of 2018, the 1:54.81 set by Canadian at in April.

was a distant second in 1:57.99.

"That's exactly where I was hoping to be," Ledecky said. "I felt like I could go a 1:54 tonight, after going a 55 this morning. I just wanted to put together a really great race and make some adjustments off of this morning's swim.

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First Published: Sat, June 09 2018. 13:30 IST
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