Summer McIntosh posts fastest time in 2024 in women’s 200m butterfly

Summer McIntosh (Jack Spitser, Wikimedia Commons)

Summer McIntosh of Toronto, Ontario continued her masterful Canadian Olympic swimming trials in Toronto on Saturday. She won gold in the women’s 200 metre butterfly, and in the process won her fourth gold medal in the meet. McIntosh previously won gold in the women’s 200 metre freestyle, 400 metre freestyle, and 200 metre individual medley (where McIntosh broke the world record).

In the women’s 200 metre butterfly on Saturday, McIntosh posted the fastest time of 2024 at 2:04.33. The previous fastest time was by Regan Smith of the United States at the 2024 United States Pro Swim Series Stop in Westmount, Illinois as she posted a time of 2:04.80. McIntosh has the Canadian record in the women’s 200 metre butterfly as she had a time of 2:04.06 when she won the gold medal in the discipline at the 2023 World Aquatics Championship in Fukuoka, Japan. The world record in the women’s 200 metre butterfly belongs to Zige Liu of China, who had a time of 2:01.81 at the 2009 Chinese National Games.

There were two Canadian records set on Saturday. Josh Liendo of Markham, Ontario broke his own Canadian record in the men’s 50 metre freestyle with a time of 21.48 seconds and Finlay Knox of Okotoks, Alberta broke his own Canadian record in the men’s 200 metre individual medley with a time of 1:56.07. Liendo’s previous best time was 21.61 seconds at the 2022 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, where he finished fifth. Knox’s previous best time was 1:56.64 when he won the gold medal at the 2024 World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar. The gold medals for McIntosh, Liendo and Knox on Saturday will give them confidence as they prepare for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. 


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