Summer McIntosh and Ilya Kharun win gold at 2023 U.S. Open Swimming Championships

Summer McIntosh (Jack Spitser, Wikimedia Commons)

Canadians Summer McIntosh of Toronto, Ontario, and Ilya Kharun of Montreal, Quebec won gold medals this past weekend at the 2023 United States Open Swimming Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina. McIntosh won gold in the women’s 400 metre freestyle and the women’s 400 metre individual medley. Kharun won gold in the men’s 200 metre butterfly.

In the women’s 400 metre freestyle on Thursday, McIntosh posted a winning time of 3:59.42, a U.S. Open championship record. Katie Ledecky of the United States won the silver medal with a time of 4:02.38. Sioban Haughey of Hong Kong won the bronze medal with a time of 4:06.32.

In the women’s 400 metre individual medley on Friday, McIntosh posted a winning time of 4:29.96. Anastasia Gorbnenko of Israel won the silver medal with a time of 4:37.90. Regan Smith of the United States won the bronze medal with a time of 4:38.77.

In the men’s 200 metre butterfly on Saturday. Kharun posted a winning time of 1:54.66, a U.S. Open championship record. Martin Espernberger of the United States won the silver medal with a time of 1:54.69, and Trenton Julian of the United States won the bronze medal with a time of 1:55.59.

Canadians won seven medals overall in the meet. McIntosh also won bronze in the women’s 200 metre backstroke, Kharun won bronze in the men’s 100 metre butterfly, and Joshua Liendo of Toronto won silver in the men’s 50 metre freestyle, and the men’s 100 metre butterfly. The medals for McIntosh, Liendo and Kharun will give them confidence as they prepare for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. 

 

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