Ledecky wins 800 free, finishes 4-for-4 in Texas meet

<p>SAN ANTONIO &mdash; Katie Ledecky won the 800-meter freestyle in Texas on Saturday night for her fourth title in her first national competition in a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.</p>
<p>Her winning time of 8 minutes, 13.64 seconds at the TYR Pro Swim Series was a whopping 12.3 seconds ahead of Leah Smith, who touched in 8:25.67. Haley Anderson, who already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in open water, was third.</p>
<p>Ledecky also won the 200, 400 and 1,500 freestyles over the four-day meet. She will attempt all four events in Tokyo, and likely some relays, too.</p>
<p>Egypt’s Marwan El Kama won the men’s 800 in 7:58.33 over Jordan Wilimovsky, who has already qualified for the Olympics in open-water competition. El Kama earlier won the 400 free.</p>
<p>Simone Manuel won the 50 free in 24.70 seconds, ahead of Abbey Weitzeil, who touched in 25.00.</p>
<p>“I would’ve liked to swim faster. I’m always going to think that,” Manuel said. “I had some goal times I wanted to hit at this meet that I didn’t hit. I haven’t been to a meet during COVID and that’s a different experience.”</p>
<p>Defending Olympic champion Ryan Murphy won the 100 backstroke in 53.56 seconds. </p>
<p>The women’s 100 back was won by Olivia Smoliga in 59.49. She defeated world-record holder Regan Smith (59.50) and 2016 Olympic silver medalist Kathleen Baker (59.57).</p>
<p>The men’s 50 free went to Santo Condorelli of Italy in 22.49. Nathan Adrian was second in 22.56.</p>
<p>Bidding to make a fifth Olympic team at age 36, Ryan Lochte finished fifth in the 200 individual medley. He was timed in 2:01.71. Michael Andrew won in 1:58.05.</p>