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Katie Ledecky cruises to preliminary win in 200 free

Katie Ledecky swims during the women's 200-meter freestyle preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials on Tuesday in Omaha. (Mark J. Terrill / AP)
Katie Ledecky swims during the women's 200-meter freestyle preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials on Tuesday in Omaha. (Mark J. Terrill / AP)

Katie Ledecky cruised to the fastest preliminary time in the 200-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials Tuesday, a day after flirting with a world record in her first event.

“I knew it would be a pretty tough race coming off of last night,” said Ledecky, who won the 400 freestyle Monday with the third-fastest time in history.

Ledecky holds world records in the 400, 800 and 1500 freestyles and, if that’s not enough, has worked to improve her speed in the 200 freestyle in recent months. She finished in 1 minute, 55.6 seconds Tuesday, almost a full second ahead of second-place Leah Smith.

“I’ve gained a lot of confidence in the event,” Ledecky said.

The final Wednesday also includes Allison Schmitt, who won gold in the event at the London Olympics, and Missy Franklin.

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