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Swim queen Katie Ledecky dethroned by Summer time McIntosh in 13-year first


Canadian teenager Summer time McIntosh has ended American swim queen Katie Ledecky’s insane 13-year streak in 800m freestyle finals.

Ledecky is the undoubted queen of center and lengthy distance swimming, a 16-time world champion and seven-time Olympic gold medallist, having dominated within the 400m, 800m and 1500m occasions for greater than a decade. She was additionally a 200m champion earlier in her profession.

However after Aussie Ariarne Titmus stole Ledecky’s 400m crown on the 2021 Toyko Olympics, it appeared it was only a matter of time earlier than the American’s unimaginable dominance was challenged within the different occasions.

And at last it’s occurred with 17-year-old wunderkind McIntosh pulling off an unimaginable swim to finish Ledecky’s reign.

Whereas not the most important strain cooker occasion on the 2024 Southern Zone South Sectional Championships, McIntosh grew to become the second quickest feminine 800m swimmer of all-time, knocking practically 9 seconds off her private finest to interrupt Titmus’ Commonwealth and Brittany MacLean’s Canadian data.

The time would have received gold on the Toyko Olympics, which was received by Ledecky in 8:15.67.

McLean, who set her report a decade earlier, was watching the race and recorded her response to the efficiency and was excited for the end result.

MacLean took to X to pay tribute to each ladies.

“SO PROUD to look at this report fall (BY NINE SECONDS) – congrats to

@summermcintoshh the quickest 800 freestyler on the planet this yr. Beginning the petition so as to add it to her Olympic program this summer season, who’s with me?!” MacLean wrote.

As for Ledecky, MacLean added: “I’ve an unbelievable quantity of respect and admiration for the (GOAT) Katie Ledecky. 13 years of fully resetting the report books, I believe we typically take without any consideration really how DOMINANT she has been.

“Her success has simply turn into routine to witness, however I believe typically it’s necessary to cease and replicate on how a lot she achieved. She may simply present as much as smaller, in-season meets and have some enjoyable with completely different occasions, however she ALWAYS steps as much as a problem.

“She by no means, ever takes the straightforward method out & I’m continuously in awe of how robust she is. Most of all, I’m simply grateful to have been in a position to witness this sport break new limitations because of her & those that proceed to chase her. Thanks @katieledecky — nobody does it fairly such as you!”

Extremely, McIntosh’s time of 8:11.39 remains to be simply over six and a half seconds off Ledecky’s world report time of 8:04.79 set on the 2016 Rio Olympics. Ledecky additionally holds the 16 quickest instances in historical past, though earlier than the race, she held the 29 quickest instances in historical past.

The final time Ledecky misplaced an 800m freestyle last was on the 2010 Potomac Valley Championships in Maryland, the place she completed third — and was 13.

Ledecky had completed second in a warmth on the 2019 World Championship however received gold within the last.

Nonetheless, the efficiency might have McIntosh needing to decide about which occasion she desires to sort out on the Olympics as each the 800m free and 200 IM, the place McIntosh is the world’s finest this yr as effectively, are in the identical session.

McIntosh can also be the world report holder within the 400m IM and has the second quickest time in historical past within the 400m free behind Titmus.

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