Katie Ledecky is a cheat code.
The American legend proved it again on Tuesday at the World Swimming Championships in Budapest, finishing the women’s 1500 meters with none of her competitors in the same TV frame.
The 25-year-old is now a 17-time world champion and remains unbeaten in the 1500m.
Ledecky defended her crown in the 400m freestyle earlier this week, missing a chance to take on Ariarne Titmus for the first time since the Australian star’s historic victory at the Tokyo Olympics last year. Titmus skipped the world championships to focus on the Commonwealth Games, which started on July 28.
Without Titmus, Ledecky would have missed her biggest potential headline moment of the meet, but she created one for herself with a 1,500-meter dive that left the world in awe.
Ledecky hit the wall more than 14 seconds away from her closest rival. Aussie Lani Pallister swam a personal best to win bronze, 18 seconds behind Ledecky.
Ledecky’s dive numbers are insane. Perhaps even crazier than the numbers is the casual way she did it.
“I had a good one. The goal was to just keep a pace,” she said.
American sports website SB Nation posted on Twitter Ledecky looked “bored” as she waited for her opponents to finish.
It was the sixth fastest dive of all time.
She now has the 13 fastest times ever swum at that distance.
Her time of 15:30.15 was over nine seconds slower than her own world record, but still over eight seconds faster than anything any other woman on the planet has ever recorded.
Her 20th World Cup medal ties her to Natalie Coughlin as the most won ever by a woman.
Ledecky had won three consecutive world titles in the 1500 meters before being forced to withdraw from the 2019 final in Gwangju, South Korea due to illness. She bounced back to win gold at the Tokyo Olympics.
Ledecky, who won her first major championship gold at the 2012 London Olympics, is a long-time distance swimmer but, at 25, is 11 years younger than Chilean Kristel Koebrich, who finished eighth.
“I won’t do this when I’m 36,” Ledecky said.
On Wednesday morning, Kristof Milak broke the world record in the 200-meter butterfly, winning Hungary’s first gold at the finish.
The local crowd went crazy when the Olympic champion shot 0.39 seconds off the world record he last set in 2019.
He beat France’s Leon Marchand by a massive 3.03sec
His swim was partly overshadowed by the last-minute scratching of American superstar Caeleb Dressel.
Dressel, the defending champion, withdrew from the semifinals of the 100m freestyle and the mixed medley relay just before the session.
USA Swimming eventually said he had withdrawn for medical reasons and said no decision had been made about his participation in upcoming events.
They declined to give more details.
That put into question the long-awaited confrontation between the two in the 100-meter butterfly, where Dressel holds the world record and defeated Milak in the Olympic final last year.
“Whether Dressel is there or not, I will stand there and do everything I can to fly in the 100 for a gold or a silver or a world record, this is all my focus,” said Milak after winning the 200 meter butterfly in a world record.
“Of course it would be better if my big opponent was here, as it were at home, for an in-fighting.”
Dressel had swum free in Tuesday morning’s heats in the 100, finishing second behind Romanian teen sensation David Popovici. Dressel won the event at the last two world championships and at last year’s Olympics.
— with AFP
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