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Katie Ledecky Waits Comically Long Time For Competitors To Finish After Olympic Trials Race Win

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The legendary swimmer completed the women's 1500-meter freestyle final with yet another impressive time—but then had to chill out and wait a full 20 seconds before even the second place finisher touched the wall.

Katie Ledecky once again blew her competition out of the water—but her recent finish in the 1500-meter freestyle at the Olympic trials has gone viral for a reason other than yet another win.

Footage of the event posted to social media shows the 10-time Olympic medalist chilling as she has to wait a full 20 seconds for her even her nearest competitor, Katie Grimes, to finish the race behind her.


One video posted to Instagram by Team USA was captioned:

“Katie Ledecky doing @katieledecky things in the 1500m."

You can watch the impressive finish below:

A longer video of the final 100 meters gives you a fuller sense of just how far ahead Ledecky was in relation to all of her fellow competitors:

Needless to say, viewers of this epic finish could not get over the lengthy wait time.

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Many also expressed their anticipation and excitement for Ledecky's upcoming performances at the Paris Olympics next month.

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Ledecky finished the event, which took place in Indianapolis on Wednesday, in 15:37.35, making it the fastest time in the world this year, a title previously held by...Ledecky.

The legendary swimmer also holds the world record with a time of 15:20.48, which she set in 2018.

She's also just three medals away from becoming the most decorated American female athlete in Olympic history—a feat that is very possible in Paris.

The Paris Olympics begin on July 26.

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