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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Gold for Teen Stars McIntosh, Popovichi at World Swimming Championships

BUDAPEST, Hungary ( Associated Press) — The kids are fine.

Canadian teenager Summer McIntosh won the women’s 200m butterfly, taking her first title at the World Swimming Championships on Wednesday, before 17-year-old Romanian David Popovich claimed his second title.

Popovichi won the men’s 100m freestyle in addition to the 200m freestyle he won on Monday. He is only the second person to achieve a double at the World Championships, after Jim Montgomery of the USA in 1973.

McIntosh, 15, clocked 2:05.20 – the world junior record – in the 200m butterfly, which saw three Olympic medalists win the title.

McIntosh finished 0.88 seconds ahead of American Hali Flickinger and 1.12 seconds ahead of China’s Zhang Yufei. American Regan Smith was 1.59 seconds back to fourth.

Popovichi, who set a junior world record of 47.13 in qualifying for the 100cc race, had to fight hard to beat France’s Maxime Grousset by 0.06 seconds in the final with a time of 47.58.

The bronze went to Canada’s Joshua Liendo Edwards, who led halfway through.

Two-time defending champion Caleb Dressel did not race after withdrawing from the remainder of the competition earlier on Wednesday due to an unspecified health condition.

Kylie Masset won Canada’s second gold and Canada’s third medal in three World Championship Night 5 finals, winning the women’s 50m backstroke by 27.31 – 0.08, beating American Katherine Birkoff and 0.09 beating France’s Analia Pigri.

Masse became the first Canadian male or female swimmer to win three golds at the World Championships.

20-year-old Léon Marchand then continued his outstanding competition by winning the men’s 200m individual medley in 1:55.22, lowering the French record he had set in the semi-finals.

Marchand finished 0.49 seconds ahead of American Carson Foster, 1.00 seconds ahead of Japan’s Daya Seto and 1.21 seconds ahead of Chase Kalish.

It was Marchand’s second gold at this World Championships after the men’s 400m medley on Saturday, when he nearly broke Michael Phelps’ world record, and his third after silver in the 200m butterfly on Tuesday.

“I’m a little tired this morning,” Marchand told reporters.

The women’s 4×200 freestyle final was scheduled for Wednesday.

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