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Teenagers seize world swimming golds as Dressel quits


After Caeleb Dressel, one of many veterans anticipated to dominate the World Swimming Championships stop the competitors on Wednesday, two youngsters, 17-year-old David Popovici and Summer McIntosh, 15, leapt to the highest step of the rostrum.

Dressel, a seven-time Olympic gold medallist, had “withdrawn for medical reasons. For his long-term health,” Lindsay Mintenko, the Swimming Managing Director for the USA crew, informed media at the beginning of the night session.

“He’s just not fit to compete right now.”

Popovici then claimed victory in one in all Dressel’s occasions, the boys’s 100m freestyle, and McIntosh received the ladies’s 200m butterfly.

In the opposite particular person finals, 20-year-old Frenchman Leon Marchand accomplished the boys’s medley double within the 200m and Kylie Masse received a second Canadian gold when she took the 50m ladies’s backstroke.

The night ended with one other of the US crew’s veteran stars, Katie Ledecky, carving a spot within the file books with the profitable ladies’s 200m relay crew.

It was Ledecky’s 21st world championship medal, greater than another lady.

Australia took silver whereas Canada, with McIntosh amassing a second medal of the day, held on for bronze.

Dressel had already received two golds in Budapest earlier than his final race on Tuesday morning. It was a warmth of the 100m freestyle and the Olympic champion certified solely second quickest behind Popovici.

The teenager was requested after the ultimate if he had scared off Dressel.

“I don’t think so, I think he is too big of a boy to be running away from someone like myself or frankly anyone but I hope he’s OK and I hope he’ll come back stronger.”

Popovici, who had turn out to be the primary Romanian man to win a world title when he took the 200m free, turned the primary man to do the 100-200 freestyle double on the world championships since American Jim Montgomery in 1973.

Dutchman Pieter van den Hoogenband repeated the uncommon feat on the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

“I’m glad we got to write a small page in swimming history,” mentioned the smiling Popovic. “Some would say a huge page, but we like to keep it low key.”

“I’m glad to have got two golds now, I think it will be pretty heavy carrying them.”

Popovici edged Frenchman Maxime Grousset by 0.6sec and Canadian Joshua Liendo by 0.13.

“In the 200 I was surprised by how much I won by. This time I was surprised by how little we won by,” he mentioned, including he most popular the 200m occasion.

“I consider 200m more of a smart race,” he mentioned.

In the two-lap 100, he mentioned, “we have to go out as fast as we can and come back as fast as possible. It’s an animal instinct race.”

Popovic ready for a profession as a sports activities star by attending a bilingual faculty in Romania and speaks fluent English.

“I haven’t finished high school yet I don’t even drive yet,” he identified.

At 15, McIntosh is even youthful.

The Canadian broke the world junior file as she added the 200m butterfly to the silver she had received within the 400m freestyle on the opening day.

McIntosh beat Hali Flickinger of the United States by 0.88sec with Zhang Yufei of China third.

“I just literally gave it my all and did everything I could, and put in all my energy and all my focus, and just stretched for the wall and put my hand on the wall as fast as I possibly could,” McIntosh mentioned.

Marchand, who claimed the 400m title on Saturday, grabbed the lead within the breaststroke and held it on the final lap to complete in 1min 55.22sec, edging out American Carson Foster and Japanese bronze medallist Daiya Seto.

The second Canadian gold medallist, Masse, a relative outdated timer at 26, had received gold within the 100m backstroke on the earlier two world championships and a silver in Budapest.

She has by no means received a serious medal on the shortest distance.

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