There’s no scarcity of “Katie Ledecky beat ___ so badly” movies on the market, however most of them are from her blowing away faculty swimmers whereas at Stanford. This one is a little bit completely different, as a result of it comes from the World Championships in Budapest.
Ledecky was competing in one in every of her finest occasions, the 1500m freestyle, and whereas it was anticipated she’d win, no one actually ideas she’d beat the sector by a full 14 seconds. It was so pronounced that on the end she mainly simply chilled within the pool, trying round, questioning when the following competitor would contact the wall too.
It was on no account Ledecky’s finest end. Heck, it was 10 seconds slower than the 15:20:48 world file she set in Indianapolis in 2018 — however that didn’t matter, no one else on the planet was shut. U.S. teenager Katie Grimes completed second at 15:44:89, with half the sector failing to crack the 16:00:00 mark.
Ledecky now begins the march to Paris, the place the Olympics will happen in 2024. She’ll look to defend her 1500m gold from Tokyo.