Katie Ledecky wins by 21 seconds in her first race for a year

Five-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky secured an emphatic victory in her first race since March 2020 on Wednesday, winning the 1500-meter freestyle by 21.37 seconds at the TYR Pro Swim Series in San Antonio, Texas.

American Ledecky, who has also won 15 world championship titles on top of her Olympic medal haul, finished in 15:42.92, leading a field of US national team and junior team swimmers.

Her time is the fastest in the world this year by more than 17 seconds, a statement of Ledecky’s supremacy before the 1500m freestyle is added to the women’s Olympic program at Tokyo 2020.

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Ledecky’s margin of victory equated to more than half the length of the pool as she finished ahead of Ashley Twichell (16:04.29) and Erica Sullivan (16:07.66).

“It’s good to see everyone and race other people and get off to a good start here,” said 23-year-old Ledecky, according to USA Swimming.

“It’s great. It’s always good when the top swimmers are together and race each other, so it’s fun.”

Ledecky, who holds world records in the 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle, will be hoping to win more silverware at this year’s Olympics having claimed four golds and a silver in Rio.

When facilities closed down last year amid the pandemic, Ledecky said she ended up swimming in backyard pools in small groups.

READ: US Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky says postponing Olympics was ‘certainly the right call’

The TYR Pro Swim Series in San Antonio takes place from March 3-7 as swimmers prepare for the Olympic trials in June.

In the men’s 1500m freestlye on Wednesday, open water specialist Jordan Wilimovsky won in a time of 15:15.28 with Will Gallant (15:20.39) in second.

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