Katie Ledecky had to wait at the finish line for 97 seconds before the last-place swimmer finished a World Championships race


Katie Ledecky has resumed her world dominance over the freestyle at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Ledecky, who became a breakout star at the Rio Olympics by taking home four golds and a silver, made a mockery of the field in the 1,500-meter freestyle heats, an event in which she already held the world record.

On Monday, Ledecky swam 15:47.54 in the 1,500 beating the second-place finisher by 17 seconds and the last-place swimmer by 97 seconds.

According to Nick Zaccardi of Olympic Talk, it was only the ninth-fastest time of Ledecky's career — 22 seconds off her world record — but still 13 seconds faster than any other woman had swum this year.

The rest of the field was, well, missing when Ledecky finished:

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Lest you thought she would be tired after the race, she did not appear to be. "I don't think she took a hard stroke in that whole race," remarked on the analysts.

And after 17 seconds, once the second-place finisher touched the wall, Ledecky still had some time to wait.

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Thus far, Ledecky has taken home two golds, setting the stage to tie the women's record with six golds in a single World Championships. She's the favorite in her remaining events.

Ledecky won the 400-meter freestyle in the second-fastest time in history, giving her the nine-fastest times in event history. Later, she received some help in the 4x100 relay, actually swimming the slowest leg of the U.S. women's quarter. However, lead-off swimmer Mallory Comerford set an American 100-meter free record, giving the team a bit of a boost.

As Ledecky has proven time and again, the longer the race, the more separation she gets. Her 97-second win was the longest of her career at an international meet, according to Zaccardi, thus only strengthening her hold as the world's most dominant athlete.

Watch Ledecky's 1,500-meter finish below:

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KAZAN, RUSSIA - AUGUST 05: Katie Ledecky of the United States celebrates winning the gold medal in the Women's 200m Freestyle Final on day twelve of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Kazan Arena on August 5, 2015 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
KAZAN, RUSSIA - AUGUST 05: Katie Ledecky (L) of the United States celebrates winning the gold medal with bronze medallist Missy Franklin of the United States in the Women's 200m Freestyle Final on day twelve of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Kazan Arena on August 5, 2015 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
KAZAN, RUSSIA - AUGUST 05: Katie Ledecky of United States celebrates winning the final of the Women's 200m Freestyle during day twelve of The 16th FINA World Swimming Championships at Kazan Arena on August 05, 2015 in Kazan, Russia (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
US gold medallist Katie Ledecky (C), Italy's silver medallist Federica Pellegrini (R) and US bronze medallist Missy Franklin pose on the podium of the women's 200m freestyle swimming event at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan on August 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
KAZAN, RUSSIA - AUGUST 05: Gold medallist Katie Ledecky of the United States sings the national anthem during the medal ceremony for the Women's 200m Freestyle Final on day twelve of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Kazan Arena on August 5, 2015 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
KAZAN, RUSSIA - AUGUST 05: Katie Ledecky of the United States adjusts her blocks prior to the Women's 200m Freestyle Final on day twelve of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Kazan Arena on August 5, 2015 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
US gold medallist Katie Ledecky (C), Italy's silver medallist Federica Pellegrini (R) and US bronze medallist Missy Franklin pose on the podium of the women's 200m freestyle swimming event at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan on August 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
KAZAN, RUSSIA - AUGUST 05: Katie Ledecky of the United States adjusts her blocks prior to the Women's 200m Freestyle Final on day twelve of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Kazan Arena on August 5, 2015 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
US gold medallist Katie Ledecky poses on the podium of the women's 200m freestyle swimming event at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan on August 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
KAZAN, RUSSIA - AUGUST 05: Katie Ledecky of the United States competes in the Women's 200m Freestyle Final on day twelve of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Kazan Arena on August 5, 2015 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
KAZAN, RUSSIA - AUGUST 05: Katie Ledecky of United States celebrates winning the final of the Women's 200m Freestyle during day twelve of The 16th FINA World Swimming Championships at Kazan Arena on August 05, 2015 in Kazan, Russia (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
KAZAN, RUSSIA - AUGUST 05: Katie Ledecky of United States celebrates winning the final of the Women's 200m Freestyle during day twelve of The 16th FINA World Swimming Championships at Kazan Arena on August 05, 2015 in Kazan, Russia (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
KAZAN, RUSSIA - AUGUST 04: Katie Ledecky of the United States competes in the Women's 200m Freestyle semi finals on day eleven of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Kazan Arena on August 4, 2015 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
USA's Katie Ledecky and USA's Missy Franklin (R) celebrate after the final of the women's 200m freestyle swimming event at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan on August 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
KAZAN, RUSSIA - AUGUST 04: Katie Ledecky of the United States dives in for the Women's 200m Freestyle Semi-Finals on day eleven of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Kazan Arena on August 4, 2015 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
KAZAN, RUSSIA - AUGUST 04: Katie Ledecky of the United States competes on the way to winning the gold medal in a new world record of 15.25:48 in the Women's 1500m Freestyle Final on day eleven of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Kazan Arena on August 4, 2015 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
PICTURE TAKEN WITH AN UNDERWATER CAMERA - USA's Katie Ledecky and Russia's Veronika Popova (R) compete in the semi-finals of the women's 200m freestyle swimming event at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan on August 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images)
KAZAN, RUSSIA - AUGUST 04: Katie Ledecky of the United States smiles after the Women's 200m Freestyle Semi-Finals on day eleven of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Kazan Arena on August 4, 2015 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
KAZAN, RUSSIA - AUGUST 04: Missy Franklin (L) of the United States celebrates with Katie Ledecky of the United States after the Women's 200m Freestyle Semi-Finals on day eleven of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Kazan Arena on August 4, 2015 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
US Katie Ledecky, gold, poses during the podium ceremony of the women's 1500m freestyle swimming event at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan on August 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
KAZAN, RUSSIA - AUGUST 04: Katie Ledecky of the United States competes on the way to winning the gold medal in a new world record of 15.25:48 in the Women's 1500m Freestyle Final on day eleven of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Kazan Arena on August 4, 2015 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
KAZAN, RUSSIA - AUGUST 04: Gold medallist Katie Ledecky of the United States poses with silver medallist Lauren Boyle of New Zealand and bronze medallist Boglarka Kapas of Hungary during the medal ceremony for the Women's 1500m Freestyle Final on day eleven of the 16th FINA World Championships at the Kazan Arena on August 4, 2015 in Kazan, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
2016 Rio Olympics - Swimming - Final - Women's 800m Freestyle Final - Olympic Aquatics Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 12/08/2016. Katie Ledecky (USA) of USA reacts after winning and setting a new world record. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
2016 Rio Olympics - Swimming - Final - Women's 800m Freestyle Final - Olympic Aquatics Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 12/08/2016. Katie Ledecky (USA) of USA competes. REUTERS/Jeremy Lee FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
USA's Katie Ledecky competes to break the world record in the Women's 800m Freestyle Final during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 12, 2016. / AFP / Martin BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
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