Gold for teenage stars McIntosh and Popovici at world swimming championships

The children are doing well.

Canadian teenager Summer McIntosh won the women’s 200-metre butterfly for her first title at the world swimming championships on Wednesday before 17-year-old Romanian David Popovici won his second.

They still have some way to go to match Katie Ledecky, who won her 18th world championship gold medal helping the United States win the women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay. The 25-year-old Ledecky now has 21 medals, extending her record among female swimmers in the competition.

Popovici won the men’s 100 freestyle to add to the 200 freestyle he won on Monday. He is only the second man to achieve the double at the world championships, after American swimmer Jim Montgomery in 1973, and he is the first Romanian swimmer to win two gold medals at the world championships.

“The airport is going to be chaotic but I’m ready,” Popovici said of his return to Bucharest. “For Romania it means a lot and I like the feelings, although I can’t explain it well, I’m very happy.” McIntosh, 15, clocked two minutes and 05.20 minutes in the 200 butterfly to beat three Olympic medalists and claim the title.

“It’s one of my biggest dreams in the world of swimming to become world champion, and especially to do it in 200 flies is something I’ve always wanted to do because it’s one of my favorite events,” said McIntosh, who finished 0.88 seconds ahead of American Hali Flickinger. Chinese Zhang Yufei was third and American Regan Smith was fourth at 1.59 seconds.

Popovici had to fight to edge France’s Maxime Grousset by 0.06 seconds in the final with a time of 47.58 seconds. Canadian Joshua Liendo Edwards, who was leading at the halfway mark, took the bronze medal.

Two-time defending champion Caeleb Dressel did not race after withdrawing from the rest of the competition with an unspecified medical condition earlier on Wednesday.

The Americans had to wait for the women’s 4×200 meters freestyle relay for their 11th gold medal of the championships with Claire Weinstein, Leah Smith, Ledecky and Bella Sims. Australia finished second and Canada third.

“I’m so proud,” Ledecky said. ”I think I realized that when we were on the medal podium, it had been a while since we had been up there singing the national anthem together; trying to hit those high notes together. So that was a lot of fun.” Only USA (11 gold, six silver, nine bronze) and Australia (two gold, five silver and one bronze) won at least one medal on each of the five nights of the swim meet.

Kylie Masse won Canada’s second gold medal of the night winning the women’s 50-metre backstroke ahead of American Katharine Berkoff and Analia Pigree of France.

Masse became Canada’s first swimmer, male or female, to win three gold medals at the world championships.

Léon Marchand won the men’s 200-metre medley in 1 minute 55.22 seconds. Marchand, 20, beat American Carson Foster and Japanese Daiya Seto.

It was Marchand’s second gold at these world championships after the men’s 400m medley on Saturday, when he nearly broke Michael Phelps’ world record, and his third medal after silver in the 200m medley on Tuesday.

“I was a little tired this morning,” said Marchand.

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