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Posted: Jan 19, 2014 8:57 PM

Updated: Jan 19, 2014 8:58 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Olympian Katie Ledecky won the 800-meter freestyle at the Austin Grand Prix on Sunday about 10 minutes after she swam in another event.

Ledecky rallied to beat Danish Olympian Lotte Friis by more than a body length in 8 minutes, 26.70 seconds. Friis, who led the first 600 meters, took second in 8:28.65. Savannah King was third at 8:39.87.

Ledecky finished fourth in the 200 individual medley shortly before she stepped on the blocks for the 800 at the University of Texas.

"I swam the 200 IM this morning just for fun," she said. "I swam it, and did pretty well, so I swam it tonight as a challenge, just for something fun and different to do. I'm not sure I'd ever do it again, but in January, there's nothing to lose."

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