Canada’s Summer McIntosh, 15, swims to silver at world aquatics championships in Budapest

Summer McIntosh began the FINA World Aquatics Championships in the best way possible – with a medal around her neck. 

The 15-year-old from Toronto swam to the silver medal in the women’s 400-metre freestyle at the Duna Arena in Budapest, Hungary on Saturday.

McIntosh swam the face in three minutes, 59.39 seconds, finishing only behind American Katie Ledecky, who touched the wall in 3:58.15. Leah Smith of the U.S. captured the bronze medal with a time of 4:02.08. With the result, the Canadian becomes one of four women to ever swim the event in under four minutes. 

McIntosh burst onto the global stage last summer with a fourth-place finish in the 400-metre freestyle at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and has continued her top form. She broke her Canadian record in March, swimming the third-fastest time ever in the 400m individual medley (IM) during an invitational trials prep event.

She isn’t done at the world championships either, as she is also set to race in the 200m butterfly and the 400 IM.

Canadian women’s 4x100m wins silver 

Canada’s women’s 4x100m relay team ended the first day of competition in Budapest with a silver medal, as the team of Maggie Mac Neil, Taylor Ruck, Penny Oleksiak, and Kayla Sanchez swam to a time of 3:31.15, finishing 1.2 seconds behind Australia, and ahead of the Americans who clocked in 1.63 seconds behind.

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