Ledecky tunes up with Olympic record in 400m free heats

Rio De Janeiro—Katie Ledecky set the tone for a potentially historic Rio Games campaign as she broke the Olympic record and threatened her own world mark in the 400m freestyle heats on Sunday.
The 19-year-old American—gunning for a rare sweep of the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle titles—clocked an Olympic record of 3min 58.71sec, the second-fastest in history behind her own world record of 3:58.37.
And she’s just getting warmed up.
“That one felt pretty easy, so hopefully means I will be faster tonight,” Ledecky said. “We’ll see. That’s the easiest it’s felt going under four minutes.
Ledecky, who could become the first since Debbie Meyer in 1968 to complete the 200m, 400m and 800m treble, earned silver anchoring the US women’s 4x100m free relay on Saturday night.—AFP

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