Toronto swimmer Summer McIntosh will take part in the women’s 200m butterfly final at the 19th FINA World Aquatics Championships as the junior record holder.
The 15-year-old accomplished the feat on Tuesday, dropping her Canadian record to a season-leading world time of two minutes 5.79 seconds and qualifying first overall for Wednesday’s final at 12:02 p.m. ET in Budapest, Hungary. .
Suzuka Hasegawa held the previous time of 2:06.29 from April 15, 2017 at the Japanese championships in Nagoya.
“I wasn’t expecting to make it to 2:05,” McIntosh told Swimming Canada. “But as soon as I came out with all the energy and excitement from the crowd, I just fed off of that. I got a lot of adrenaline and motivation and I called it quits tonight.”
In the second of two semifinals, McIntosh defeated American Regan Smith (2:07.13) who had just come out of qualifying for the 50 back final at Duna Arena. Hungary’s Boglarka Kapas, the defending world champion in the 200 free, was third in 2:07.89.
“Summer is a once-in-a-generation swimmer,” Byron MacDonald, a longtime CBC Sports swim analyst, said in April. “You don’t see this very often and they’re very special. And she’s going to get better and better and better.”
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Smith was trailing McIntosh by 17-100 seconds after 50 meters and 56-100 at the halfway point of the race. Competing in a new event in her world debut, the Canadian was quick in the 100 and extended her lead to 71-100 at the 150m mark, outclassing Smith in the final 50 minutes and holding off the reigning Olympic medalist. silver for the title. victory.
On Saturday, McIntosh won a silver medal in the 400 free and will also compete in the 400 individual medley in Budapest.
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Last summer, 14-year-old McIntosh was the youngest member of the Canadian Olympic team in Tokyo, but he certainly didn’t show his age on the world’s greatest athletic stage.
He placed fourth in the 400 free, at which point he lowered the Canadian record twice. She was ninth in the 200 free and 11 in the 800 free, setting a national age group record. She was also part of the 200 relay team that finished fourth in a national record time, while McIntosh’s first leg swim broke the Canadian age group record.
fly in 400 free
During the national trials two months ago in Victoria, McIntosh turned heads by winning four events and swimming the 400m free in the third fastest time this year.
In March, the 15-year-old swam the third-fastest time ever in the 400 IM during an invitational trial prep event.
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Elsewhere on Tuesday, Taylor Ruck of Kelowna, BC appeared headed for a medal through 150 meters of the 200 freestyle, but lost her pace down the stretch and tied for sixth in 1:57.24 with Charlotte Bonnet of France.
Ruck had a slight lead over Bonnet in the first 50 meters and was 20-100 behind eventual winner Junxuan Yang of China at the intermediate mark. The Canadian remained in second place until the 150, 22-100 seconds behind Yang.
“I did my best and I’m going to use this as a building block,” Ruck said.
On Saturday, she won silver in the free relay with Penny Oleksiak, Maggie Mac Neil and Kayla Sanchez. Oleksiak did not run in Tuesday’s 200 free semifinals after she was disqualified for a false start in the semifinals on Monday.
Masse qualifies first for 50m backstroke final
Three other Canadians qualified for the final, led by two-time champion Kylie Masse of LaSalle, Ontario, in the 50m backstroke.
He won his semi-final heat and qualified in first place for Wednesday’s final at 12:22 p.m. debut. The Calgary native qualified fourth for the final.
“I’m happy to finally have 27 low points,” Wilm said. “Before this year, she hadn’t even made it to 28. I hope I get the momentum. I think Kylie will be able to easily make it to 26 and I hope I can follow her to that barrier.”
Masse, who was fastest in the 50 back preliminaries (27.26), also fell short of winning a third consecutive world title in the 100 back, hitting the wall second in 58.40 seconds behind the American. Regan Smith (58.22).
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“It’s such a process and a step by step to be able to perform, recover properly and prepare for the next day,” Masse said.
Masse has won a backstroke medal in 10 consecutive major international competitions since 2015, the longest career by a Canadian woman.
“I think in the last two years I’ve learned to focus on what I need to do, minimize the best distractions and minimize the energy I’m spending on other things so I can perform at my best the next day.”
Josh Liendo will represent Canada in the men’s 100m freestyle final after finishing second to world record holder and fellow teenager David Popovic of Romania in the second of two semi-finals.
The 19-year-old Liendo got off to a good start, moving ahead of Popovic for the first 25 or 30 meters to finish in 47.55, his personal best and almost a second faster than his qualifying time of 48.16.
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Liendo is just 28-100 shy of Brent Hayden’s national mark that has stood since 2009 in the fast suit era.
“It’s in the back of my mind,” Liendo said. “I know it’s a fast time in a super suit, but it’s going to take faster than that time to win. [the world title] so we’ll see.”
The 17-year-old Popovic set a junior world record with his effort of 47.13.
Toronto resident Ruslan Gaziev did not qualify for the final, his 49 flats putting him last out of 16 swimmers.
Canada’s men’s water polo team falls to Spain
The Canadian men’s water polo team opened with a 19-2 loss to Spain on Tuesday.
Reuel D’Souza of Montreal and Nicolas Constantin-Bicari of Repentigny, Qué., scored for Canada.
The women’s team faces Columbia on Wednesday after drawing 7-7 with Italy to start the championship.
Canada’s artistic swimming team ranked eighth after Tuesday’s technical routine. They will swim their preliminary free routine on Wednesday.
Dressel withdraws from 100m freestyle semis
Two-time world champion Caeleb Dressel will not defend his title in the men’s 100m free in Budapest after withdrawing from the semi-finals.
Dressel was included in the initial start list for Tuesday’s race but was not included in an updated version with reserve Hwang Sun-woo of South Korea taking his place.
“Team USA has made a decision in consultation with Caeleb, her coach and the team’s medical staff for her to withdraw from the 100-meter freestyle event for medical reasons. Her participation in the later events will be determined by the team. later in the week, US Swimming told The Associated Press in a statement.
Dressel will compete in the men’s 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly later at worlds.
Dressel was second fastest in qualifying for the semi-finals with a time of 47.95, but will now not compete against Romanian David Popovici, who was fastest in 47.60.
Popovici said that he would have preferred to run with Dressel in the semifinals.
“It’s a shame I couldn’t do it. But for the moment, I just hope it’s okay, because I really don’t know what happened,” Popovici said. “But I’m sure he and his team made the right decision for what happened or whatever his plan is, because I’m sure they have great people behind him.”
Hungarian Milak breaks his world butterfly mark
Hungarian Kristof Milak broke his own world record by winning the men’s 200m butterfly, claiming the gold medal in a time of 1:50.34.
Olympic champion Milak beat the record he set at the 2019 worlds in Gwangju by 0.39 seconds and finished 3.03 seconds ahead of silver medalist Leon Marchand of France.
Milak, 22, delighted the home crowd by giving them Hungary’s first gold at these championships.
“It was a fantastic feeling. As soon as I stepped into the starting area, I didn’t hear or see anything. It was like being in a dream. I waited three years to swim my personal best and it came out,” he said. she said she.