Ledecky lost a race in the United States for the first time

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — For the first time in 11 years, Katie Ledecky lost a 400-meter freestyle race in a pool in the United States.

Canada’s Summer McIntosh took the title at the US Open in Greensboro, North Carolina on Thursday, beating Ledecky by almost 3 seconds.

McIntosh won the title with a record time for the event of 3 minutes and 59.42 seconds. Ledecky came second in 4:02.38.

Ledecky’s last loss in the 400 freestyle in her home country came back to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Qualifiers, when she placed third. She was 15 years old.

Last March, the 17-year-old McIntosh also broke Ledecky’s nine-year US record in the 200 freestyle.

The impact of McIntosh’s latest victory is difficult to measure as swimmers are at various stages of their training ahead of next year’s Paris Olympics.

McIntosh held the world record in the 400 freestyle for three months until Australian Ariarne Titmus regained it with a time of 3:55.38 when she won the World Championships held in Fukuoka, Japan, during the summer. Ledecky came second in the World Cup and McIntosh was fourth.

Source: AP

2023-12-01 22:29:36
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