Katie Ledecky's breathtaking photo leaves swimming fans stunned

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Katie Ledecky (pictured) finishing first in the 1,500m at the swimming World Championships.
Katie Ledecky (pictured) finished the 1,500m nearly 15 seconds in front of her next opponent at the swimming World Championships. (Image: Twitter)

US swim star Katie Ledecky produced yet another remarkable performance to claim the 1,500m at the World Championships and fans have pointed out the incredible photo showcasing her greatness.

The gold medal marked Ledecky's fourth 1500m freestyle title at the worlds, which is the most ever in the event.

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She never looked threatened and clocked 15:30.15 - just under 10 seconds more than her world record from 2018.

Ledecky's gold was her record-extending 17th world title and second of this championships.

Australian Lani Pallister claimed a bronze medal, while 16-year-old American Katie Grimes was second.

But it was the photo showing just how far Ledecky finished in front of her next rival that stunned the sports world.

Grimes finished 15 seconds behind Ledecky, but the footage at the end of the race showed Ledecky looking around and waiting for her competitors.

Many viewers even joked that she looked 'bored' while waiting for her rivals to finish.

Ledecky also claimed gold in the 400m women's freestyle, but unfortunately wasn't able to compete against Aussie Olympic gold medalist Ariana Titmus.

The Australian sensation decided to skip the world championships to focus on the Commonwealth Games.

Lani Pallister overjoyed with 1,500m medal

It was joy and relief for the 20-year-old Pallister, after the Sydneysider missed out on a medal in the 400m freestyle on Saturday night by the barest of margins.

"It's really special to win a medal," said Pallister.

"I was touched out by .08 in the 400m and I remember getting back to the hotel and I was just devastated.

Katie Ledecky of the United States celebrates after the women's 1500m freestyle final at the 19th FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, June 20, 2022. (Photo by Li Ying/Xinhua via Getty Images)
Katie Ledecky of the United States celebrates after the women's 1500m freestyle final at the 19th FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, June 20, 2022. (Photo by Li Ying/Xinhua via Getty Images)

"It's really exciting coming to my first senior international meet and coming back to a pool that I loved three years ago.

"Moving forward it's a really nice stepping stone to see what I can do in the future. I think if I work the back end more rather than just attacking the front end then it's an event that I could do something really special in the future."

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