Los Angeles - Five-time
Olympic champion Katie 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 TYR.
Ledecky has broken 14 world records and won six Olympic medals, but
the 21-year-old didn't turn professional until after the NCAA collegiate
championships in March.
California swimwear manufacturer TYR 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 1:54.56.
That improved on the previous best of 2018, the 1:54.81 set by Canadian Taylor Ruck at the Commonwealth Games in April.
Melanie Margalis 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."