Summer McIntosh Blasts 4:02.42 Canadian Record, Places 4th In First OLY Final

2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES

In her first-ever Olympic final 14-year-old Summer McIntosh posted a 4:02.42 400 freestyle for 4th overall. McIntosh’s swim is a 0.30-second improvement upon the 4:02.72 she threw down during the prelims in Tokyo.

Prior to the national record, she set during her Olympic debut, McIntosh’s PB sat at a 4:05.13 from earlier in 2021 while the Canadian record was a 4:03.43, set by Brittany MacLean at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Split Comparison

MCINTOSH, 2021 OLYMPIC FINAL MCINTOSH, 2021 OLYMPIC PRELIM MACLEAN, 2016 OLYMPICS MCINTOSH, 2021 TAKE5 HP EVENT
27.87 27.29 28.50 28.02
58.29 (30.42) 57.20 (29.91) 58.49 (29.99) 58.16 (30.14)
1:28.78 (30.49) 1:27.71 (30.51) 1:29.22 (30.73) 1:29.05 (30.89)
1:59.32 (30.54) 1:58.66 (30.95) 1:59.72 (30.50) 2:00.04 (30.99)
2:29.73 (30.41) 2:29.80 (31.14) 2:30.78 (31.06) 2:30.99 (30.95)
3:00.51 (30.78) 3:01.14 (31.34) 3:01.79 (31.01) 3:02.54 (31.55)
3:31.55 (31.04) 3:32.47 (31.33) 3:33.00 (31.21) 3:34.06 (31.52)
4:02.42 (30.87) 4:02.72 (30.25) 4:03.43 (30.43) 4:05.13 (31.07)

McIntosh was in 3rd place behind victor Ariarne Titmus and runner up Katie Ledecky for the first 350 meters of the race. At that point, she flipped with a 3:31.55 while Li Bingjie was right behind in a 3:31.61. Bingjie managed to bring it home a little faster with a closing split of 29.47 t0 McIntosh’s 30.87. Bingjie finished with a 4:01.08 for the bronze medal, shaving another half a second off the Asian and Chinese record she set during prelims (4:01.57).

Summer McIntosh has been one of the fastest rising stars worldwide over the past year and is certainly among the biggest beneficiaries of the 1-year Olympic delay. Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, Summer McIntosh‘s best time was a 4:19.71 from the January of 2020 and by May 2021 she had gotten it down to a 4:05.13.

At 14 years of age, Summer McIntosh is now the 15th fastest female to ever swim the 400 free. Gold medalist Ariarne Titmus registered the second-fastest time on record with a 3:56.46 while Li Bingjie‘s bronze medal-winning 4:01.08 was 7th. Titmus’ swim was a new Australian, Oceanian, and Commonwealth record, while Bingjie’s was a Chinese and Asian record.

All-time Women’s 400 Freestyle Performers

  1. Katie Ledecky – 3:56.46
  2. Ariarne Titmus – 3:56.69
  3. Federica Pellegrini – 3:59.15
  4. Joanna Jackson – 4:00.60
  5. Leah Smith – 4:00.65
  6. Rebecca Adlington – 4:00.79
  7. Li Bingjie – 4:01.08
  8. Camille Muffat – 4:01.13
  9. Jaz Carlin – 4:01.23
  10. Ajna Kesely – 4:01.31
  11. Alison Schmitt – 4:01.77
  12. Laure Manaudou – 4:02.13
  13. Boglarka Kapas – 4:02.37
  14. Melani Costa – 4:02.47
  15. Summer McIntosh – 4:02.72

McIntosh finished roughly 1.5 seconds ahead of 5th place finisher Tang Muhan of China who was a 4:04.10, giving her country a 3rd and 5th place finish. Germany’s Isabel Gose, the USA’s Paige Madden, and Erika Fairweather of New Zealand rounded out the top 8 with a 4:04.98, 4:06.81, and 4:08.01, respectively.

Tokyo 2020 Women’s 400 Freestyle Final

  1. GOLD: Ariarne Titmus (AUS), 3:56.69
  2. SILVER: Katie Ledecky (USA), 3:57.36
  3. BRONZE: Li Bingjie (CHN), 4:01.08
  4. Summer McIntosh (CAN), 4:02.42
  5. Tang Muhan (CHN), 4:04.10
  6. Isabel Gose (GER), 4:04.98
  7. Paige Madden (USA), 4:06.81
  8. Erika Fairweather (NZL), 4:08.01

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LaBlom
2 months ago

Incroyable!

SwimmerFan99
2 months ago

Title should probably note that she’s 14. Also you’ve listed her as 15th with a 4:02.72, but that was her time from the prelims, which you’ve just noted she’s since beaten with a 4:02.42, making her 14th all-time.

Chris
2 months ago

Erika Fairweather also makes the all-time top 15 now, after her 4:02.28 from the heats yesterday.