Canada’s McIntosh and Masse win world gold in swimming, Liendo wins bronze

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Kylie Masse and Summer McIntosh won gold while Joshua Liendo and the women’s 4×200-metre freestyle relay team captured bronze medals on a record-breaking day for Canada at the world aquatic championships on Wednesday.

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Kylie Masse and Summer McIntosh won gold while Joshua Liendo and the women’s 4×200-metre freestyle relay team captured bronze medals on a record-breaking day for Canada at the world aquatic championships on Wednesday.

It is the first time that Canada has won two gold medals on the same day at the world championships.

Masse, a native of LaSalle, Ont., finished first in the women’s 50-metre backstroke in 27.31 seconds. It was her seventh career long course world championship medal, tied with Toronto’s Penny Oleksiak for the most by a Canadian.

“It’s pretty surreal,” Masse said. “I’ve seen my 50 improve over the past two years. I’ve gained a lot of strength and worked on my speed a lot. I couldn’t ask for anything more to get on the podium.”

McIntosh, a 15-year-old Torontonian, won gold in the women’s 200-m butterfly clocking 2:05.20 to cut more than half a second off the junior world record she set in the semifinals. standby.

His time set a new national record and was the fastest time at the event this year.

“The first 50 and 100 seconds I really pushed a bit,” McIntosh said. I didn’t really think until the last 50. I gave it my all to put all my energy and focus into getting my hands on the wall as fast as possible.”

McIntosh notched her second medal of the day when she teamed with Oleksiak, Kayla Sanchez of Toronto and Taylor Ruck of Kelowna, BC, to finish third in the 200 freestyle relay clocking 7:44.76.

“It was fun to be a part of it,” said Oleksiak, the mainstay of the team who also swam in the women’s 100 freestyle semifinals. It was a difficult double for me, but having the girls really helped me.

The United States finished first with a course record time of 7:41.45, followed by Australia at 7:43.86.

Liendo, of Markham, Ont., was third in the men’s 100 freestyle clocking 47.71 seconds. Romanian David Popovici won gold (47.58) and Frenchman Maxime Grousset (47.64) silver.

McIntosh now has three medals at the meet, while Masse has two.

Masse, who took silver in the 100 backstroke on Monday, finished ahead of American Katharine Berkoff (27.39) and France’s Analia Pigree (27.40). Ingrid Wilm of Calgary was fourth in 27.43.

“I had horrible contact,” Wilm said. “I know I can do better than that. You have good days and bad days.”

McIntosh, who won silver in the 400 freestyle on Saturday, was followed by American Hali Flickinger (2:06.08) and Yufei Zhang of China (2:06.32).

McIntosh has had a stellar year since appearing at the Canada Olympic Swimming Trials last June.

She earned two fourth places at the Tokyo Games and won a gold and two silver medals at the short course championships last December in Abu Dhabi.

Meanwhile, Oleksiak and Sanchez qualified for Thursday’s women’s 100 freestyle final.

Oleksiak finished second (53.18) in the first semi-final behind Sweden’s Sarah Sjoestroem (53.02). Sanchez finished third (53.61) in the other run behind Australian Mollie O’Callaghan (52.85) and American Torri Huske (53.04).

Kelsey Wog of Winnipeg qualified fifth for the women’s 200-metre breaststroke final. She clocked 2:23.82 in her semifinal and was the fastest in the preliminaries in 2:24.37.

In women’s water polo, Canada beat Colombia 22-2 to top the standings at 1-0-1 with a plus-20 goal differential. Canada ends the group on Friday against Hungary (1-1-0).

In artistic swimming, Audrey Lamothe of Montreal placed ninth in the women’s solo freestyle event.

The contest continues until July 3.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 22, 2022.

The Canadian Press


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