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McIntosh dethrones Ledecky in 800m freestyle, snapping American legend’s 13-year win streak

Canadian swimming sensation Summer time McIntosh has despatched yet one more shockwave throughout the swimming world by defeating American legend Katie Ledecky within the 800 metre freestyle.

McIntosh touched the wall in a nationwide document time of 8:11.39, beating Ledecky’s time of 8:17.12 – a virtually six second hole. Ledecky had not misplaced an 800m for greater than 13 years.

That makes McIntosh the second-fastest performer ever within the 800m. Her time would have gained gold on the Tokyo Olympics.

Previous to Thursday night time’s race, Ledecky owned the top-30 quickest occasions ever and she or he is the three-time defending Olympic champion within the distance. McIntosh’s time is now the seventeenth quickest ever – Ledecky nonetheless owns the top-16 occasions.

McIntosh now holds six Canadian data after surpassing Brittany MacLean’s 800m time of 8:20.02 posted a decade in the past.

The 17-year-old from Toronto was in management from begin to end, Thursday in Orlando at Southern Zone South Sectional Championships. Each McIntosh and Ledecky have been primarily tied after 200m however that is when the Canadian began to make her transfer.

By the halfway level of the race McIntosh had a half-body lead on Ledecky and began to tug away.

The generational expertise stored surging with every stroke to construct an insurmountable lead the remainder of the way in which.

The 800m has not been McIntosh’s precedence and even a part of her Olympic program however the Canadian teen was utilizing this expertise to get in some worthwhile distance coaching.

McIntosh can be entered to compete within the 100m backstroke, 50m and 100m freestyle occasions in addition to the 200m breaststroke.

Ledecky and McIntosh are each sitting out the world aquatics championships set to start in Doha, Qatar on Sunday.

They usually aren’t the one swimming superstars sitting out these world championships – on the Canadian facet, large names like Josh Liendo, Kylie Masse, Maggie Mac Neil and Ilya Kharun are additionally opting out of the worldwide meet.

That is the third world championship previously yr and a half, principally as a result of the pandemic threw the timing of worlds into disarray. It meant a worlds in Budapest in the summertime of 2022, one other worlds final summer season in Fukuoka, Japan and now this third world championship in brief order being held in Doha.

WATCH | CBC Sports activities’ Devin Heroux, Brittany MacLean preview World Aquatics:

Pickrem, Ruck, Wilm headline the Canadian swim group for World Aquatics | Preview

Olympic medallist Sydney Pickrem together with Taylor Ruck and rising star Ingrid Wilm headline a Canadian group trying to make a splash when World Aquatics swimming begins Feb. 11-18.

The previous two world championships have been extremely profitable for Canada, with 11 medals gained in 2022 and 6 extra medals gained at worlds in Japan final summer season.

However that is going to be a really completely different competitors not solely from the Canadian perspective however for a lot of different international locations as effectively.

Powerhouse Australia and the USA have despatched smaller groups bereft of their superstars. Canada’s group consists of twenty-two swimmers, 13 ladies and 9 males, who’re getting ready for competitors starting on Sunday.

There are a variety of causes for lots of the stars to not attend – principally everybody who must lock up Olympic spots have already finished so, the NCAA calendar conflicts with these worlds and for a lot of, having to peak as soon as once more for a worlds this near the Olympics is simply an excessive amount of.

There are some skilled swimmers competing for Canada together with world medallist Javier Acevedo, Sophie Angus, Emma O’Croinin, Sydney Pickrem, Taylor Ruck, Katerine Savard, Rebecca Smith and Ingrid Wilm are among the many veterans on the roster.

Different veterans embody Olympians Tessa Cieplucha and Finlay Knox, who gained gold within the 200m IM gold on the Pan Am Video games this previous October.

This will likely be vital coaching time for these swimmers who will all have a shot on the podium in Doha – there’s additionally cash on the road for swimmers who make it into the finals.

Seven Canadians are making their long-course world championship debut in Doha, together with Sienna Angove, Stephen Calkins, Ella Cosgrove, Sarah Fournier, Ashley McMillan, Antoine Sauve and Blake Tierney.

Relay occasions from Doha will likely be ranked towards these from final yr’s worlds to find out the 16 international locations certified for every relay in Paris.

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