McIntosh breaks her Canadian and world junior record at U.S. Open
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Winter is near but Summer is still sizzling.
World champion Summer McIntosh broke her Canadian and world junior record in the women’s 400-m individual medley in a dominant race on Friday at the U.S. Open swimming competition.
McIntosh, 16, clocked 4:28.61 eclipsing her previous best of 4:29.01 set at this past summer’s Commonwealth Games. A month before the Commonwealth Games she won gold in the event at the world championships.
‘’I’m really happy overall with my race,’’ said McIntosh, whose time was the fourth fastest in history in the event. ‘’It’s still pretty early on in the season so I didn’t really know what to expect from it. It’s my first time racing long course this season and I’m really happy with that.’’
Emma Weyant of the U.S. was a distant second in 4:41.85 and Kathryn Hazle third at 4:47.56. Emma Finlin of Edmonton won the B final in 4:48.65 for ninth overall.
Katinka Hosszu of Hungary holds the world mark at 4:26.36 set in 2016, Ye Shiwen of China swam a 4:28.43 in 2012 and Hosszu did 4:28.58, also in 2016.
‘’There’s always so much to learn with every race good or bad,’’ said McIntosh, a silver medallist in the 400-m freestyle on Thursday. ‘’I’m just going to continue to keep improving and working on all the little details.’’
Josh Liendo of Markham, Ont., also collected a second medal with the silver in the men’s 100-m butterfly. Luke Miller of the U.S. won the race in 52.06, Liendo followed in 52.48 and Zach Harting of the U.S. was third in 52.52.
Liendo won three medals at the world championships including a bronze in the 100 fly.
Competition ends Saturday.
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