FINA Swimming World cup Katie Ledecky

As two of the strongest female swimmers in the world showed their muscles on Saturday night in Toronto, Summer McIntosh set yet another world junior record in the 400m IM.

The first two races in Toronto produced back-to-back world records for juniors and adults, demonstrating what a fast night it was there.

With a time of 15:08.24 in the 1500-meter freestyle, USA’s Katie Ledecky broke the previous mark held by Sarah Wellbrock of Germany, who swam a time of 15:18.01 in 2019. It couldn’t have started any better.

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“I didn’t have it as a set aim (to break the World Record).” “I really didn’t know what to expect coming out of this meet,” the competitor admitted, “being my first meet of the season, taking most of August off, getting back into training rhythm, didn’t have any type of super preparation for this meet, just wanted to come in and race international swimmers being a meet on North American soil.”

Katie Ledecky also came very close to breaking the 800m freestyle world mark, which was set by Mireia Belmonte of Spain and stood at 7:59.34, while the American smashed the record with an 8:00.58. She will attempt to become the third woman to ever break the 8:00 mark in the 800m freestyle, which will be contested in Indianapolis the following weekend.


“Just based on some of the training I’ve done, especially my distance work, which has felt pretty fantastic this autumn, I figured the record was within sight.

“Walked into a pace and maybe fell off a bit at the end. My stroke count was 16, stayed rather constant through the first 1,000 or so, then shot up to 17, which made me a little anxious, but I managed to keep it together to finish the job.

Summer McIntosh of Canada, who trained daily in this pool leading up to the FINA World Championships this summer, broke a new world junior record in the 400m IM with a time of 4:21.49 after the swim.

Before faltering on the breaststroke leg, McIntosh was pushing Mireia Belmonte’s 200-meter world record time of 4:18.94, which was still fast enough for her to be named the top young swimmer in the competition. Sydney Pickrem (4:28.45) and Bailey Andison (4:29.36) finished second and third, much to the joy of the Toronto audience, giving the Canadians the perfect start.

I want to thank the many Canadians in the audience for their support because it was incredible, McIntosh remarked. “I didn’t know what to expect in terms of time; all I cared about was swimming well.

“I wanted to test what I could achieve for all four sets after a wonderful summer in the 400m IM. With my race, I’m quite pleased. I need to check my splits to see where it puts me, but I’m pretty happy because I felt powerful and in control the entire race.

The competition to win the World Cup overall has started to heat up

Siobhan Haughey of Hong Kong, China won the 200m freestyle in 1:51.13, finishing the first 100 meters at her own world record pace. There were a few additional near-world records set on Saturday night. Haughey duplicated her 200m freestyle victory from Berlin and clocked one of the top ten fastest times ever in the race. Next week in Indianapolis, she will attempt a hat trick.

I’m clearly not as energized as I was in Berlin, but the fact that I was able to lower my 200 times is encouraging, according to Haughey.

I think it’s also good to review my race films from Berlin and see what I can work on. I’m definitely learning a lot. So instead of concentrating on how exhausted I am between races, I’m focusing on those and seeing what I can improve on. I believe it was helpful.

Shaine Casas of the United States threatened the men’s 200m IM world record by swimming the third-fastest time in history (1:50.37), closing the gap on Ryan Lochte’s 1:49.63 faster than anyone else has in nearly eight full years. A new World Cup Record has been set.

Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania defeated Americans Lilly King (1:03.23) and Lydia Jacoby (1:04.62) of the United States, who won the Rio and Tokyo Olympics, respectively, in the 100-meter breaststroke.

The London winner got a little bit closer to Alia Atkinson of Jamaica’s world record.

On Saturday, Americans Nic Fink (50-meter breaststroke) and Trenton Julian (200-meter butterfly) both earned victories. Fink won what may have been his greatest event with a time of 25.78, while Julian defeated Chad Le Clos in a time of 1:49.69. (1:49.78).

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