Summer McIntosh wins two medals in an hour at 2023 World Aquatics Championship

Summer McIntosh (Jack Spitser, Wikimedia Commons)

It was a significant hour on Sunday for Summer McIntosh of Toronto, Ontario. In a span of about 45 minutes, the 16-year-old sensation contributed to Canada’s last two medals of the 2023 World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

First, McIntosh won the gold medal in the women’s 400 metre individual medley with a time of 4:27.11. Katie Grimes of the United States won the silver medal with a time of 4:31.41. Jenna Forrester of Australia won the bronze medal with a time of 4:32.30. McIntosh reached the podium by 7.35 seconds. Alex Walsh of the United States finished in fourth place with a time of 4:34.46.

Then, McIntosh was part of the Canadian team that won the bronze medal in the women’s 4×100 medley relay. She was joined by Canadian Olympic gold medalist Maggie Mac Neil of London, Ontario, two-time Canadian Olympic silver medalist Kylie Masse of Windsor, Ontario, and Sophie Angus. Mac Neil won the gold medal in the women’s butterfly at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021, and Masse won the silver medal in the women’s 100 metre and 200 metre backstroke at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021. Canada had a time of 3:54.12. The United States won gold with a time of 3:52.08. Australia won silver with a time of 3:53.37. Canada reached the podium by 0.45 seconds over China, which was in fourth place with a time of 3:54.57.

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