Macintosh Summer She made her case for the world’s best freestyle women’s swimmer on Tuesday.
The 16-year-old Canadian set a world record in the women’s 400-meter freestyle in Toronto. She competed in the Canadian Swimming Trials at Pan Am Sports Center and finished the event with a mark of 3:56.08. I excelled Ariarn Titmus Australian who set the record last year at 3:56.40.
“For the last few years I’ve put my life into this,” said Mackintosh. “To achieve something like this was very unexpected. It would never have been in my dreams to do this tonight or even a few years ago. It just amazes me.”
McIntosh has been competing in trials to see who will represent Canada at the World Championships in Japan this year as well Pan American Games in Chile.
The teen sensation is building momentum for a potentially epic performance at the 2024 Paris Olympics, where she could take on Titmus and American superstar Katie Ledecky.
McIntosh made her Olympic debut in Tokyo in 2021 when she was just 14 years old.
She has already won gold medals at the World Championships and the Commonwealth Games.
McIntosh was also named the 2022 Swimmer of the Year in Canada last week. She told Swimming Canada that she and her coaches began focusing on distance swimming last year with a focus on the butterfly and individual events.
She added that she strives to be as perfect in the pool as possible.
“I’m driven to be the best I can be. I don’t know what that is but I love this sport so much. I have so much passion and love for it and I’m willing to do whatever it takes to be the best I can be to achieve everything I can and leave my legacy in my favorite sport” .
The Associated Press contributed to this report.