17-year-old Canadian swimmer Summer McIntosh made history by becoming the first athlete to defeat Katie Ledecky in an 800m freestyle final since 2010. This victory came at the Southern Zone South Sectional Championships meet in Orlando. At the meet, McIntosh clocked in at 8 minutes, 11.39 seconds, ranking her as the second-fastest woman in history in the 800m free.
Ledecky, who won this event at the Olympics at just 15 years old, came in second place with a time of 8:17.12. Before this victory, Ledecky had won over 50 meets in the event with the top 29 times in history. McIntosh broke up that streak by recording the 17th-best time in history.
The victory of McIntosh raises questions about what this means for the Olympics as swimmers train to peak for major summer meets. It is also unknown whether McIntosh will swim the 800m free in Paris. Ledecky, who has dominated the 800m free, is expected to aim for a fourth consecutive gold medal in this event in Paris.
McIntosh is known for excelling in the 400m IM, 400m free, and 200m fly events. She has had an impressive record at world championships, sweeping gold in these events in both