Budapest (AFP) – Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom won her 10th world title and 20th medal since her first participation in 2009, by winning the 50m freestyle on Saturday at the 19th edition of the World Swimming Championships in Budapest, where Canadian junior Samer McIntosh won her second gold.
The 28-year-old crown of the 50-meter freestyle comes 24 hours after she won her first title in this edition by winning the 50-meter butterfly for the fourth time in a row.
The Swedish clocked 23.98 seconds, ahead of Poland’s Katharina Vasek, who won the silver, while Australia’s Meg Harris and American Erica Brown shared the bronze after recording the same time.
By increasing the number of her medals to twenty, Sjostrom is now two medals away from American record holder Katie Ledecky, but the latter won more gold (19 out of 10).
The Swede spoke of her continued winning of titles and medals, saying: “It could be because of my mental focus, hard work and most importantly my love for what I do.”
A second nickname for the Macintosh
After taking gold in the 200m butterfly, Canadian teenager Samer McIntosh, who is only 15 years old, added another title on Saturday by winning the 400m individual medley after a 4:32.04 record for Americans Katie Grimes (4 :32.67) and Emma Wyant (4:36.00). , bringing her total in this tournament to four medals.
Local champion and defending champion Katinka Hoso finished fourth, ahead of Japanese Olympic gold medalist Yui Ohashi.
“I tried to get on my body as hard as I could. The crowd gave me a lot of adrenaline,” said McIntosh.
American Hunter Armstrong won the 50m backstroke after knocking out his compatriot and friend Justin Reese.
Reese finished first, 0.02 seconds ahead of world record holder Armstrong, but illegally hit the pool wall by submerging his entire body, disqualifying him.
Armstrong’s (21-year-old) joy with his first world singles title of the three golds he won in the current tournament was not complete, as he wanted to take the podium with his friend Reese (24-years-old).
“It’s really difficult. On the one hand I was happy that we were able to finish the race together, but I wanted to share the podium with him,” he said.
As a result of Reese’s elimination after watching the end of the race, Armstrong crowned the champion with a time of 24.14 minutes, ahead of 17-year-old Pole Ksawiri Macyuk by 0.35 seconds, while Italian Thomas Chicon, who broke the world record for the 100m backstroke Monday, won the bronze by 0.37 seconds over the American.
Lithuanian Ruta Milutiti won her first gold since 2013, beating Italy’s 17-year-old record holder Benedetta Pilato by 0.10 seconds in the 50m breaststroke, while South African Lara van Niekerk took third.
Mellotti previously won gold in the 100m breaststroke in Barcelona in 2013 when she also won silver in the 50m breaststroke, then added silver in the 100m breaststroke in Kazan in 2015 and bronze in the 100m breaststroke in the current edition in a race that was won by Pilato.
The women from the United States won the women’s relay 4 times 100 varied, with a record led by Reagan Smith, Lily King, Tori Hask and Claire Corzan at 3:53.78 minutes, ahead of Australians Kylie McKeon, Gina Strauss, Brianna Throssell and Molly O’Callaghan (3:54.25 minutes) and Canadians Kylie Maas, Rachel Nicholl, Margaret McNeil and Penny Oleksiak (3:55.01)
Italy increases its total to 7 gold medals
Italian Gregorio Baltrinieri increased the number of his world titles to four after winning the 1500m freestyle race, setting the second fastest time in history and a European record at 14:32.8 minutes.
The 25-year-old, who won gold in the 1500 m freestyle at the 2015 and 2017 World Cups and in the 800 m freestyle in 2019, overtook American Bobby Finnick (14:36.70 p) and German Florian Philbrück , the defending champion (14:36.94 p), bringing his total to 9 world medals, in addition to three Olympic medals from the three metals (gold 1500m freestyle in Rio 2016 and silver 800m freestyle and bronze 10km open water in Tokyo 2020 ).
The four-time relay race victory in the Italian variety was also thanks to Tocas Chicon, Nicolo Martinenghi, Federico Bordisso and Alessandro Merisi who clocked 3:27.51 minutes, beating the American teams consisting of Ryan Murphy, Nick Fink, Michael Andrew and Ryan Heald (3:27.79) and the British consisting of Luke Greenbank and James Welby, James Gay and Tom Dean (3:31.31).
Italy also won its second gold in rhythmic swimming, after Giorgio Menesini and Lucrezia Ruggiero won the free mixed doubles title, while Japan took silver via brothers Yutaro and Tomoka Sato, and bronze to China via Haoyu Shi and Yao Zhang.
Italy increased the number of gold medals in the current championship to 7 out of 14, second behind the United States, who led (17 golds out of 45).
The team’s gold highlight went to Ukraine beating Italy and Spain to win its second gold and finish the rhythmic swimming competitions second in the overall standings with a total of seven medals (2 gold and 5 silver) behind China, which four golds and two won. bronze, and for Japan and Italy, who each won two golds with 4 silver and bronze for the first and silver and bronze for the second.
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