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Another Canadian and world junior record for swimmer Summer McIntosh

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Canadian swim star Summer McIntosh continues to rewrite the record book. The 16-year-old from Toronto eclipsed her own Canadian and world junior records in the women's 400-metre individual medley on Friday at the U.S.
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Summer McIntosh of Canada swims the backstroke leg on her way to winning the women’s 400m Individual Medley at the FINA Swimming World Cup meet in Toronto on Saturday, October 29, 2022. The 16-year-old from Toronto eclipsed her own Canadian and world junior records in the women's 400-metre individual medley on Friday at the U.S. Open swimming competition. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Canadian swim star Summer McIntosh continues to rewrite the record book.

The 16-year-old from Toronto eclipsed her own Canadian and world junior records in the women's 400-metre individual medley on Friday at the U.S. Open swimming competition.

McIntosh touched the wall in four minutes 28.61 seconds -- fourth fastest in history in the event -- to lower her previous mark of 4:29.01 set at the Commonwealth Games this past summer. 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. "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 second in 4:41.85, while American Kathryn Hazle took third (4:47.56). 

Katinka Hosszu of Hungary holds the world mark at 4:26.36 set in 2016. Ye Shiwen of China swam 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, who won silver in the 400 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 of the meet, winning silver in the men's 100 butterfly. Luke Miller of the U.S. won the race in 52.06, Liendo followed in 52.48 and American Zach Harting raced to bronze (52.52).

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 2, 2022. 

The Canadian Press

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