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Gold for teenage stars Summer McIntosh, David Popovici at swimming worlds

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Summer McIntosh, World swimming championships, David Popovici

The youngsters are all proper. Canadian teenager Summer McIntosh gained the ladies’s 200-meter butterfly for her first title on the world swimming championships on Wednesday earlier than 17-year-old Romanian David Popovici claimed his second.

They nonetheless have some approach to go to match Katie Ledecky, who claimed her 18th gold at a worlds by serving to the United States win the ladies’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay. The 25-year-old Ledecky now has 21 medals, extending her document for essentially the most amongst feminine swimmers within the competitors.

Popovici gained the mens 100 freestyle so as to add to the 200 freestyle he gained on Monday. He is simply the second man to attain the double at a worlds, after American swimmer Jim Montgomery in 1973, and he’s the primary Romanian swimmer to win two golds at a worlds.

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“The airport is going to be chaotic but I am ready for it,” Popovici stated of his return to Bucharest. “For Romania it means a lot and I love the feelings, even though I cannot explain it really well, I am very happy.” The 15-year-old McIntosh clocked 2 minutes, 05.20 seconds within the 200 butterfly to beat three Olympic medalists to the title.

“It’s one of my biggest dreams in the swimming world to become world champion, and especially to do it in 200 fly is something I have always wanted to do because this is one of my favorite events,” stated McIntosh, who completed 0.88 seconds forward of American Hali Flickinger. China’s Zhang Yufei was third and American Regan Smith was 1.59 seconds behind in fourth.

Popovici needed to combat onerous to edge France’s Maxime Grousset by 0.06 seconds within the ultimate with a time of 47.58 seconds. Canada’s Joshua Liendo Edwards, who was main on the midway stage, took the bronze. Two-time defending champion Caeleb Dressel didn’t race after withdrawing from the remainder of the competitors with an unspecified medical situation earlier Wednesday.

The Americans needed to wait till the ladies’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay for his or her eleventh gold of the championships as Claire Weinstein, Leah Smith, Ledecky and Bella Sims. Australia was second and Canada third. “I am so proud,” Ledecky stated. “I think I realized when we were on the medal podium it had been a while since we had all been up there singing the national anthem together; trying to hit those high-pitched notes together. So that was a lot of fun.” Only the U.S. (11 gold, six silver, 9 bronze) and Australia (two gold, 5 silver, one bronze) have gained at the very least one medal on every of the 5 nights of the swimming competitors.

Kylie Masse claimed Canada’s second gold of the evening by profitable the ladies’s 50-meter backstroke forward of American Katharine Berkoff and Analia Pigree of France.Masse grew to become the primary swimmer from Canada, male or feminine, to win three golds at a worlds.

Léon Marchand gained the boys’s 200-meter particular person medley in 1 minute, 55.22 seconds. The 20-year-old Marchand completed forward of American Carson Foster and Japan’s Daiya Seto.It was Marchand’s second gold at these worlds after the boys’s 400 medley on Saturday, when he virtually broke Michael Phelps’ world document, and his third medal after silver within the 200 butterfly on Tuesday.

“I was a little tired this morning,” Marchand stated.