Summer McIntosh, according to Penny Oleksiak, is "all gas, no brakes." McIntosh, 14, will be one of Canada's, if not the, youngest Olympians in Tokyo. McIntosh defeated Oleksiak in the 200-meter freestyle final at the Pan Am Sports Centre on Sunday. The two Toronto swimmers swam faster than the required qualifying time to be nominated for the Canadian team, despite the fact that Oleksiak was already pre-selected to compete in the 200 in Tokyo.
Oleksiak was previously an unknown adolescent who, at the age of 16, broke into the swim scene with four medals, including gold in the 100 freestyle, at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. McIntosh offers the same youthful recklessness that 21-year-old Oleksiak says pushes her to swim fast in their training group at the Pan Am Sports Centre in Toronto.
"It's a lot of fun. This morning, I was remarking on how ironic it is that my main rival is the shortest person in the pool right now.McIntosh is the daughter of Jill Horstead, who competed in the 1984 Olympic Games for Canada. Because of the global COVID-19 epidemic, the 2020 swim trials were canceled, and the Tokyo Olympic Games were postponed until 2021.
This year's trials in Toronto, which were originally set for April, were pushed back to May and then again to June as Ontario dealt with a surge in COVID-19 cases. The five-day trials, which end on Wednesday, involve 185 swimmers from 64 clubs from across the country. The competition, which is performed under pandemic regulations and restrictions, is the primary method of choosing Canada's Olympic swim squad.
The Olympic Games begin on July 23 and end on August 8 in Tokyo. The competition, which is performed under pandemic regulations and restrictions, is the primary method of choosing Canada's Olympic swim squad. The Olympic Games begin on July 23 and end on August 8 in Tokyo. The only other swimmer to reach that mark on Sunday in Toronto was Kelsey Wog of Winnipeg in the 100 breaststrokes.
Hau-Li Fan of Burnaby, British Columbia, joined Canada's swim team on Sunday in Setubal, Portugal, where he finished 17th in a men's 10-kilometer open-water event. He joins Kate Sanderson of Toronto, who finished third in the women's marathon competition on Saturday. Swimming Canada has to fill a spot in the 4x200 women's freestyle relay, therefore additional competitors from Sunday's 200 final are in the running.
Rebecca Smith of Red Deer, Alberta, came in third place. Katerine Savard of Pont Rouge, Que., who qualified in the 100-meter butterfly on Saturday, finished fourth. If there are any vacancies on the Canadian squad following trials, competitors who have swum a qualifying time at a sanctioned meet since March 2019 may be considered for admission.
Swimming Canada would go at the scenario to see if the athlete would be competitive in Tokyo. Swimming Canada used an unforeseen circumstances provision in January to propose six athletes in categories where they excel: Oleksiak, Markus Thormeyer of Delta, B.C., Kylie Masse of LaSalle, Ont., Maggie Mac Neil of London, Ont., Taylor Ruck of Kelowna, B.C., and Sydney Pickrem of Clearwater, Fla.
Oleksiak was pre-selected for Tokyo in the 200 freestyle but not the 100 freestyle, which she will compete in on Tuesday. She was faster in the 200-meter preliminary on Sunday morning than she was in the final. Because the epidemic halted international and domestic racing for months, Oleksiak hadn't raced heats and a final on the same day in a long time.
The men's and women's 50-meter freestyles and 200-meter individual medleys, as well as the women's 800-meter freestyle and men's 1,500-metre freestyle, resume on Monday.