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Katie Ledecky relieved to check the box after qualifying for third Olympics

Katie Ledecky wasn’t thrilled with her speed in her first final of the week at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials, but she was glad to check the box.

The 24-year-old confirmed her spot at her third Olympic Games by winning the 400m freestyle in Omaha in Monday night’s last final.

She swam 4:01.27, well off the world record of 3:56.46 from her Olympic gold-medal performance in Rio. Ledecky has held the world record in the 400m free since 2014, lowering it twice since.

“I thought I was a lot faster than that, so I was a little surprised by the time,” Ledecky admitted to NBC reporter Michele Tafoya.