After a yr marked by grief and battle, 14-year-old Canadian swimmer Summer season McIntosh certified for the 400m freestyle ultimate after posting the fifth-fastest time within the preliminary heats Sunday.
The teenager phenom completed behind American swimmer Katie Ledecky — who received the warmth — with a scorching time of 4:02:72, breaking a Canadian nationwide document within the occasion. McIntosh has been using a sizzling streak over the previous few months after a troublesome yr that included her longtime coach dying and her father being identified with most cancers.
“I’m nonetheless processing every part. It doesn’t really feel actual but,” she informed the Canadian Broadcasting Company days earlier than her record-breaking race. “But it surely’s been nice to see my exhausting work come to life and see that tough work at all times pays off.”
On the Canadian Olympic trials in June, she edged out four-time Olympic medallist Penny Oleksiak within the 200m freestyle. On the trials, she additionally received the 800m freestyle. In Could she swam the quickest time for a 14-year-old within the 400m freestyle.
Regardless of her latest success, McIntosh’s highway to the Olympics has been a troublesome one. Her coach, Kevin Thorburn, died in April 2020, and in January, her father was identified with most cancers. McIntosh’s mom, Jill — a Canadian swimmer on the 1984 Olympics — mentioned how the timing of Thorburn’s loss on the peak of the pandemic, made it “very troublesome” for his swimmers to grieve over his demise.
“I believe they’re all nonetheless going by the grieving course of and I believe all of them are honoring him by their swimming,” she informed the CBC.
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The younger swimming star nonetheless speaks about her former coach usually and in keeping with Jill will “carry all his knowledge together with her all through her profession.”
Summer season’s father, Greg, added that he was extremely pleased with all his daughter has achieved within the face of adversity.
“I’m actually proud about how my youngsters dealt with [my diagnosis], taking it in the future at a time and actually specializing in what they will management and let the remainder take its course,” he stated.
Summer season will subsequent race within the 400m freestyle ultimate and the 200m preliminary heats on Monday.