You might have missed it amid all the crucial NFL coverage, but the World Aquatic Championships are being held this week in Budapest, Hungary.
American Katie Ledecky, the darling of last summer's Rio Olympics, is once again ruling the competition and affirming her status as the best swimmer in the world, and perhaps the most dominant athlete, period.
On Tuesday, Ledecky won her 12th career gold at the Worlds, the most ever by a woman (Michael Phelps has 26). She did it in the 1,500 freestyle, winning by an amazing 19 seconds. Watching the rest of the women finish was reminiscent of seeing the field stagger home behind Secretariat in the 1973 Belmont.
Spain's Mireia Belmonte, who was second, said Ledecky is "on another planet." She's been there for five years. At 15, Ledecky won a surprise gold at the London Games. In 2013, she won four golds at Worlds. Two years ago, she became the first swimmer to win four individual World freestyle golds.
Ledecky, 20, won four gold medals and a silver in Rio. She's a rising sophomore at Stanford, where she led the Cardinal to the NCAA title as a freshman. Imagine how good she'll be when he hits her prime.