McIntosh presents Canada’s first Commonwealth Games gold medal

BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom — Star swimmer Summer McIntosh gave Canada its first gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, by winning the 400-meter medley on Friday.

The 15-year-old Torontonian broke a game record in the finals with a time of 4 minutes 29.01 seconds. She easily outclassed Australia’s Kiah Melverton (4:36.78) and Scotland’s Katie Shanahan (4:39.37).

McIntosh is the world champion in this event, having triumphed at the World Aquatics Championships last month in Budapest, Hungary. He won four world medals, including two gold.

She became the third fastest swimmer in history in this event and is close to the world record of 4:26.36, set by Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

“I was happy to repeat my world time and see that I can do even better,” said McIntosh. I worked on a lot of things in training to make my 400m medley better than at worlds. I thought there was room for improvement and I think there still is.

Ontarians Ella Jansen and Tessa Cieplucha finished fifth and eighth respectively.

Earlier on the first day of the Commonwealth Games, Lauriane Genest, Kelsey Mitchell and Sarah Orban won silver in the women’s track cycling team sprint event.

“We wanted this gold medal, but I came into the final with the mindset that I had nothing to lose and just gave my 100 percent,” Orban said. Getting on this podium is still surreal. I’m still trying to figure out what happened. Being here with my teammates makes it even more special.”

The New Zealand team won gold with a time of 47.425 seconds, just ahead of the Canadians (48.001).

The Canadian men’s sprint team of Ryan Dodyk, Tyler Rorke and Nick Wammes also lost the bronze medal final to New Zealand. They finished at the bottom of the podium with a time 0.717 seconds slower than their rivals.

Canada aims to finish in the top 3 in the event medal table. Four years ago in Australia, the Canadian team won 82 medals.

First doping case

The Games Medical and Anti-Doping Commission also confirmed on Friday that a sample from Ghanaian boxer Shakul Samed had violated anti-doping rules and that he had been suspended. The commission found that Samed’s A sample contained a banned substance: furosemide, a diuretic and masking agent. He added that Samed would have the opportunity to provide more information, including requesting his B-sample analysis.

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