Summer McIntosh: Canadian teenager breaks another world record


Summer McIntosh, 16, broke the world record in the 400m individual medley on Saturday at the Canadian Swimming Trials – just days after breaking the world record in the 400m freestyle.

McIntosh finished the 400m individual medley in 4:25.87, breaking the mark set at the 2016 Rio Olympics by Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú with a time of 4:26.36.

The result continues the teenager’s brilliant week after she broke the world record in the 400m freestyle last Tuesday, beating reigning Olympic champion Ariarne Titmus’ previous record of 3:56.40, set last May, in 3:56.08.

Speaking after his latest triumph, McIntosh shared his emotions.

“It’s the first time I’ve heard the crowd really clearly during my race,” McIntosh said, according to Reuters.

“It’s amazing to have all my family and friends in the stands cheering me on. It really helped me in the last 100 meters.

The Canadian teenager made her Olympic debut at the age of 14 at Tokyo 2020, where she finished fourth in the 200-meter freestyle.

She won gold in the 200m butterfly and 400m medley at the world championships in 2022, as well as two Commonwealth Games gold medals in the 200m and 400m medley.

She now trains in Florida under coach Brent Arckey with the Sarasota Sharks team.


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