McIntosh wins 200m freestyle at Pro Swim

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McIntosh wins 200m freestyle at Pro Swim


Canadian teenager Summer McIntosh was beaten Katie Ledecky in the 200m freestyle at the Fort Lauderdale Pro Swim on Friday, ending the seven-time Olympic champion’s nine-year winning streak in the ocean.

Ledecky, whose four gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics included the 200m freestyle, has not lost a national event of 200m or more since 2014.

McIntosh’s 1min 54.13sec lowered his own junior world record to take the win 83-hundredths of a second ahead of Ledecky.

Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey took third in 1:55.53.

“He’s an amazing athlete and I look up to him all the time,” the 16-year-old McIntosh said of Ledecky. “He’s the greatest freestyle player of all time. Being able to run against him is always amazing.”

McIntosh, who won the 200m butterfly on Thursday, said he enjoyed a “really painful” swim.

Ledecky, has not confirmed his schedule for 2024 Olympics in Pariscame back to win the 400m individual medley in 4:36.04 – 7.28sec ahead of Ella Jansen.

“It was a long day — a good day,” Ledecky said. “I enjoyed the 200 free. I can’t complain about a 1:54 so far. It was a great race with Summer and Siobhan and all the heat.”

In other events, England’s Matthew Richards won the 200m freestyle in 1:47.04.

“I came into this uncertainty, so we wanted to see where I was,” Richards said. “I made my downstroke stronger and my stroke better.

“I wanted to make sure I was ahead (coming home),” added Richards, who finished 32-hundredths of a second ahead. US Olympian Kieran Smith along with Brazil’s Luiz Altamir and American Shaine Casas tied for third in 1:47.88.


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