McIntosh lowers Canadian record, Ledecky breaks world record in women's 800m freestyle at World Cup

Canada's Summer McIntosh won silver while breaking her own Canadian record in the women's 800-metre freestyle at the FINA Swimming World Cup meet in Indianapolis on Saturday. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images - image credit)
Canada's Summer McIntosh won silver while breaking her own Canadian record in the women's 800-metre freestyle at the FINA Swimming World Cup meet in Indianapolis on Saturday. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images - image credit)

Summer McIntosh lowered her Canadian record in the women's 800-metre freestyle, while Katie Ledecky broke the world record in the same race on Saturday at the FINA Swimming World Cup meet in Indianapolis.

The American Olympic star touched the wall in seven minutes, 57.42 seconds, finishing one spot ahead of McIntosh (8:07.12). The 16-year-old from Toronto broke her own Canadian record set at the 2021 short-course worlds (8:13.37).

The previous world record of 7:59.34 by Spain's Mireia Belmonte had stood since 2013.

Ledecky, who earned her third straight Olympic gold in the 800m freestyle in Tokyo last year, smashed the short-course world record in the 1,500 metres freestyle by nearly 10 seconds last Saturday in Toronto (15:08.24).

"I think I was putting a lot of pressure on myself after last week," Ledecky said. "Having the fans here cheering me on meant a lot."

The latest world record was her 17th since 2013, her second in short-course (25-metre pool).

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Javier Acevedo and Ilya Kharun each broke a pair of Canadian records on Saturday. Acevedo lowered his records in the men's 100m and 50m backstroke, while Kharun added his name to the record book in the men's 200m butterfly and 50m butterfly.

Acevedo, a two-time Olympian from Toronto, finished fourth in the 100m backstroke (49.71) and sixth in the 50m backstroke (23.20). Kharun, who is set to make his Team Canada debut at next month's short-course world championships, was third in the 200m butterfly (1:51.70) and fourth in the 50m butterfly (22.47).

Toronto's Sydney Pickrem won the women's 400m individual medley in 4:26.66, and followed it up with silver in the women's 200m individual medley (2:05.87).

Bailey Andison took home bronze in the women's 400m individual medley (4:31.30). The Smith Falls, Ont., native finished seventh in the 200m event in 2:08.94, just behind Kelsey Wog of Winnipeg (2:08.54).

Finlay Knox of of Okotoks, Alta., won silver in the men's 400m individual medley (4:07.09), and added bronze in the men's 200m individual medley in 1:54.03.

Calgary's Ingrid Wilm won bronze in the women's 100m backstroke in a time of 56.00, finishing one spot ahead of Toronto's Kylie Masse (56.13). Masse out-touched Wilm in the women's 200m backstroke for fourth place (2:02.41), with Wilm finishing in 2:03.03.

McIntosh finished fifth in the women's 200m freestyle with a time of 1:52.63, while Mary-Sophie Harvey of Trois-Rivières, Que., was eighth in the women's 100m backstroke (58.88).

Pickrem placed sixth in the women's 100m breaststroke in 1:05.66, with fellow Canadian Sophie Angus finishing eighth (1:06.83). Angus was sixth in the women's 50m breaststroke in 30.94.

Indianapolis is one of three stops on the World Cup circuit organized by FINA, the world governing body for aquatic sports. The previous two were in Berlin and Toronto.

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