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2022 FINA World Cup: Toronto – Day 2 Finals Live Recap

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2022 FINA WORLD CUP – TORONTO

DAY TWO FINALS HEAT SHEET

We’re back for the second finals session at the Toronto stop on the 2022 FINA World Cup circuit. It’s another packed session, with 11 medal rounds. Both Summer McIntosh and Katie Ledecky are back in action with doubles, though they won’t go head-to-head.

McIntosh takes on the 400 IM, which she won at both Worlds and Commonwealth Games this summer, the latter in world junior record time. She hacked five seconds off her lifetime best to win 400 free on Night 1, setting world junior and world cup records in the process. Later in the session, she’ll swim the 100 back, where she avoided a swim-off for a lane as Maggie MacNeil scratched to focus on the 50 fly.

Ledecky is set to race the 1500 free, where the big question on everyone’s mind is if Sarah Kohler‘s 15:18.01 world record is on borrowed time. Ledecky finished second to McIntosh in a thrilling 400 free race with a lifetime best 3:52.88, breaking her old American record. On the back end of her double, she has the 200 free. There, she’ll face world record Siobhan Haughey, who won the event in Berlin with a 1:51.36.

One of the most anticipated events on the men’s side is the 200 IM, where Shaine Casas and Matt Sates are separated by only .04 seconds. Casas never trailed on Night 1 on the way to his wins in the 200 back and 100 IM. He holds the edge over Sates after prelims in 1:54.23. For his part, Sates won this event last weekend in Berlin in 1:51.64 and will be eager to keep his lead in the points standings.

Women’s 400 IM – Fastest Heat

  • World Record 4:18.94, Mireia Belmonte (ESP) – 2017
  • World Junior Record: 4:23.33 benchmark
  • World Cup Record: 4:18.94, Mireia Belmonte (ESP) – 2017

PODIUM:

  1. Summer McIntosh (CAN) – 4:21.49 WJ
  2. Sydney Pickrem (CAN) – 4:28.45
  3. Bailey Andison (CAN) – 4:29.36

The Canadian women picked up right where they left off after a dominant night one, sweeping the podium of the women’s 400 IM. After winning an electric race in the 400 freestyle in world junior and world cup record time, Summer McIntosh once again smashed another world junior record. Her 4:21.49 blows by the benchmark world junior record, as well as the Canadian record of 4:23.68 which was held by Sydney Pickrem

Hali Flickinger kept it close between her and McIntosh on the fly leg, but McIntosh distanced herself from the American (and the rest of the field) over the backstroke leg. She was actually ahead of world record pace through the backstroke, though Belmonte swam away from her on the breaststroke.

Pickrem used a strong breaststroke leg to power herself into second place. Post-race, she talked about how she knows there’s been some doubts about her breaststroke strength, so it meant a lot to use it effectively in this race. Rounding out the podium for the Canadians was Bailey Andison, who touched in 4:29.36.

Women’s 1500 Free – Fastest Heat

  • World Record: 15:18.01, Sarah Kohler (GER) – 2019
  • World Junior Record: 15:45.29, Merve Tuncel (TUR) – 2020
  • World Cup Record:

PODIUM:

  1. Katie Ledecky (USA) – 15:08.24 WR
  2. Beatriz Dizotti (BRA) – 15:48.82
  3. Laila Oravsky (CLB-CAN) – 16:16.86

Katie Ledecky obliterated the world record in the women’s 1500 freestyle by almost ten seconds. She blazed to a 15:08.24, taking out Sarah Kohler‘s previous mark of 15:18.01. Ledecky waste no time getting out ahead of the world record; she quickly separated herself from Kohler’s pace and the rest of the field. This is her first world record since 2018, when she set the record in the LCM 1500 freestyle. In addition, her 800 free split of 8:00.58 almost broke the world record in that race as well, and crushes the American record which Leah Smith owned in 8:07.67.

Brazil’s Beatriz Dizotti took second behind Ledecky in 15:48.82, while Canada continued their podium success, with Laile Oravsky getting on the podium in third with 16:16.86.

Men’s 50 Back – Finals

  • World Record:  22.22, Florent Manaudou (FRA) – 2014
  • World Junior Record: 22.77, Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) – 2018
  • World Cup Record:  22.61, Peter Marshall (USA) – 2009

PODIUM:

  1. Dylan Carter (TTO) – 22.94
  2. Kacper Stokowski (POL) – 23.01
  3. Justin Ress (USA) – 23.07

Dylan Carter kept up his winning ways, earning first in the men’s 50 backstroke. Coming off the turn, he surged ahead of the field, getting his hand on the wall in 22.94, which is a lifetime best and Trinidad and Tobago record. It erases the old mark, which he owned in 23.15 from his win last week in Berlin.

Carter was the only man under 23 seconds, as second place Kacper Stokowski earned second in 23.01. American Justin Ress, the world champion in the long course edition of this race, earned third in 23.07.

Women’s 200 Free – Finals

  • World Record: 1:50.31, Siobhan Haughey (HKG) – 2021
  • World Junior Record: 1:52.50, Taylor Ruck (CAN) – 2016
  • World Cup Record: 1:50.43, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 2017

PODIUM:

  1. Siobhan Haughey (HKG) – 1:51.13
  2. Katie Ledecky (USA) – 1:52.31
  3. Madi Wilson (AUS) – 1:53.49

Siobhan Haughey took a shot at her own world record in the women’s 200 freestyle. At the 100-meter mark, she was out under world record pace, though she fell off and eventually touched in 1:51.13. However, it’s still a positive sign for Haughey as it’s not only faster than the 1:51.36 she went to win the race in Berlin, it’s also a nice rebound swim after she added two seconds from last weekend last night in the 400 freestyle.

After barely having time to do a couple warmdown laps post-1500 freestyle world record, Ledecky put together a solid race here, earning second in 1:52.31. She was running third behind Madi Wilson at the beginning of the race, but made a final push at the end to separate herself from Wilson. The Australian rounded out the podium in 1:53.49.

Men’s 200 IM – Finals

  • World Record: 1:49.63, Ryan Lochte (USA) – 2012
  • World Junior Record: 1:51.45, Matt Sates (RSA) – 2021
  • World Cup Record: 1:50.66, Daiya Seto (JPN) – 2021

PODIUM:

  1. Shaine Casas (USA) – 1:50.37 WC
  2. Finlay Knox (CAN) – 1:52.75
  3. Trenton Julian (USA) – 1:52.81

Shaine Casas has been dominant so far in Toronto and he continued that streak in the men’s 200 IM. He earned the win here with a 1:50.37, a world cup record and more than two and a half seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Over his three individual events at this meet, Casas has yet to trail at any point in any race.

Behind him, there was a thrilling race for second and third, as Finlay Knox, Trenton Julianand Matt Sates were all bunched together as they came down the home stretch in the freestyle leg. Knox, who turned at the 150 mark in fourth, came home in 26.66, the fastest freestyle split in the field, to take second in 1:52.75. Knox was just off his Canadian record of 1:52.32. Just .06 seconds behind him, Julian took third in 1:52.81.

Sates, who won this race in Berlin, fell to off the podium and finished fourth in 1:52.89.

Women’s 100 Back – Finals

  • World Record: 54.89, Minna Atherton (AUS) – 2019
  • World Junior Record: 55.99 Benchmark
  • World Cup Record: 55.23, Shiho Sakai (JPN) – 2009

PODIUM:

  1. Beata Nelson (USA) – 55.75
  2. Kylie Masse (CAN) – 56.16
  3. Ingrid Wilm (CAN) – 56.21

It was an exact repeat of the women’s 100 back podium in Berlin, as Beata Nelson, Kylie Masse, and Ingrid Wilm all took the same spots on the podium tonight in Toronto. Nelson took the win for the second time in this event, faster than she was last weekend and getting under 56 seconds. Her time of 55.75 is one-hundredth off her lifetime best 55.74, which she set in December 2021.

After earning second and third on night 1 in the 50 backstroke, Masse and Wilm earned those positions here in the 100. Masse clocked 56.16, with Wilm just behind in 56.21.

Men’s 50 Breast – Finals

  • World Record: 24.95, Emre Sakci (TUR) – 2021
  • World Junior Record: 25.85, Simone Cerasuolo (ITA) – 2017
  • World Cup Record: 25.25, Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) – 2009

PODIUM:

  1. Nic Fink (USA) – 25.78
  2. Caspar Corbeau (NED) – 26.15
  3. Joao Gomes Jr. (BRA) – 26.34

Once again, it was Nic Fink taking the win in the men’s 50 breaststroke. He’s now won all five breaststroke events that have been offered at the 2022 World Cup circuit, with the 200 breast on tap for tomorrow. Another positive for Fink was that he was faster here in Toronto than he was in Berlin, 25.78 to 25.86.

After taking second in the 100 breast last night, Caspar Corbeau, who swims collegiately at the University of Texas, earned second once again here in the 50. He touched in 26.15, which is a lifetime best for him as it betters the mark of 26.55 he set in prelims. Brazil got on the podium for the second time tonight as 36-year-old Joao Gomes Jrearned third in 26.34.

Women’s 50 Fly – Finals

  • World Record: 24.38, Therese Alshammar (SWE) – 2009
  • World Junior Record: 24.55, Claire Curzan (USA) – 2021
  • World Cup Record: 24.38 Therese Alshammar (SWE) – 2009

PODIUM:

  1. Maggie MacNeil (CAN) – 24.75
  2. Beryl Gastaldello (FRA) – 25.26
  3. Soma Ai (JPN) – 25.57

Maggie MacNeil scratched the 100 backstroke to focus on the 50 fly and it paid off for her in a big way. She earned the win in 24.75, which is a new Canadian record and a massive lifetime best for her–her first time under 25 seconds. She owned the previous record as well, which stood at 25.13 from last year’s World Cup.

Beryl Gastaldello won this event in Berlin in 25.16, and she earned second in Toronto in a time just .10 seconds slower. Post-race, Gastaldello admitted that she messed up her turn, so she was looking forward to fixing that in her next race. Soma Ai earned third, .31 seconds behind Gastaldello in 25.57.

Men’s 100 Free – Finals

  • World Record: 44.84, Kyle Chalmers (AUS) – 2021
  • World Junior Record: 46.11, Kliment Kolesnikov – 2018
  • World Cup Record: 44.84, Kyle Chalmers (AUS) – 2021

PODIUM:

  1. Kyle Chalmers (AUS) – 45.52
  2. Thomas Ceccon (ITA) – 46.15
  3. Brooks Curry (USA) – 46.32

The world record holder in this event Kyle Chalmers led wire-to-wire in the men’s 100 free, earning the win in the men’s 100 free dominantly in 45.52. Last night, he was third in the 50 free behind Carter and Brooks Curry, who were both in this race as well.

Curry, who like MacNeil flew up to Toronto after finishing a dual meet with LSU, earned third in 46.32. Sandwiched between him and Chalmers was the Italian Thomas Ceccon, who is the LCM 100 backstroke world record holder but is an important part of Italy’s men’s 4×100 free relay, which won silver at the Tokyo Olympics.

Women’s 100 Breast – Finals

  • World Record: 1:02.36, Ruta Meilutyte (LTU)/Alia Atkinson (JAM) – 2013/2016
  • World Junior Record: 1:02.36 Benchmark
  • World Cup Record: 1:02.36, Ruta Meilutyte (LTU)/Alia Atkinson (JAM) – 2013/2016

PODIUM:

  1. Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) – 1:02.95
  2. Lilly King (USA) – 1:03.23
  3. Anna Elendt (GER) – 1:04.07

This was a special race, as it featured the last three Olympic champions in the LCM 100 breast: Lydia Jacoby (Tokyo champion), Lilly King (Rio champion), and Ruta Meilutyte (London champion). Meilutyte has been on fire since coming out of retirement, and she’s rolled the success she had in LCM this summer over to SCM here at the World Cup. After winning the 50 and 100 breast in Berlin, she’s now captured the 100 breast in Toronto. She touched in 1:02.95, faster than the 1:03.07 she went last weekend.

Lilly King picked up the win in the 200 breaststroke on night 1: she and Meilutyte were locked in a tight battle for the whole race, but Meilutyte got the better of King, 1:02.95 to King’s 1:03.23. Germany’s Anna Elendt grabbed bronze in 1:04.07, resetting the German record of 1:04.54 that she set in prelims.

Men’s 200 Fly – Finals

  • World Record: 1:46.85, Tomoru Honda (JPN) – 2022
  • World Junior Record: 1:49.62, Chen Juner (CHN) – 2022
  • World Cup Record: 1:48.56, Chad Le Clos (RSA) – 2013

PODIUM:

  1. Trenton Julian (USA) – 1:49.69
  2. Chad Le Clos (RSA) – 1:49.78
  3. Wang Kuan-Hung (TPE) – 1:51.15

Trenton Julian took the win in the 200 fly on the back-end of a tough 200 IM/200 fly double. He went out hard, as he usually does, and was able to hold off Chad Le Clos on the closing meters to get his hands on the wall first. Le Clos had a monster final underwater and came charging home, but he ultimately ran out of room and finished second in 1:49.78, just off the 1:49.62 he went to win the race in Berlin.

Wang Kuan-Hung earned third in 1:51.15, more than a second back of the top two but well ahead of fourth place, Mexico’s Jose MartinezMartinez, who owns the Mexican record in 1:51.39, posted a 1:53.50.

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Tiger Woods had a tough opening round at The 152nd Open Championship

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Tiger Woods encountered difficulties during the opening round of The 152nd Open Championship at Royal Troon, finishing with an 8-over-par 79. Despite a promising beginning, including a birdie on the third hole, Woods struggled to find consistency throughout the round. His iron play and putting were particularly problematic, contributing to a series of bogeys and double bogeys.

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Woods, 48, has shown determination and resilience, competing in all four majors this year for the first time since his serious car accident in 2021. Despite physical limitations, he believes he can still contend for major titles under the right conditions. His performance on Thursday puts him in a challenging position, requiring a significant turnaround in the second round to stay in the tournament.

As Woods prepares for Friday’s round, his focus remains on improving his game and making the cut. Fans and analysts alike will be watching to see if he can achieve the remarkable recovery needed to advance and compete over the weekend. Woods’ journey at The 152nd Open Championship continues to be a testament to his enduring skill and competitive spirit.

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Montreal, QC – The NBA is set to make an exciting return to Montreal. The league announced on Thursday that the Toronto Raptors will face off against the Washington Wizards at the Bell Centre on October 6, marking the 10th edition of the NBA Canada Series.

This annual series has featured 15 teams playing 18 pre-season games across six Canadian cities. Notably, this will be the eighth NBA Canada Series game in Montreal, the highest for any city outside the Raptors’ usual home in Toronto.

Last year, Montreal fans witnessed the Detroit Pistons take on the Oklahoma City Thunder, featuring Canadians Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Luguentz Dort. The Raptors’ previous game in Montreal was in 2022.

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The Wizards bring their own Canadian connection with Kyshawn George, selected in this year’s NBA Draft. George, born in Switzerland, is the son of Montreal’s Deon George, a former member of Canada’s men’s basketball team.

The October 6 game will cap off the Raptors’ Montreal-based training camp, promising an exciting end to their preparations.

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Fafa Picault Leads Vancouver Whitecaps to Victory Over Sporting Kansas City

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Vancouver, BCFafa Picault emerged as the hero off the bench, scoring in the second half to secure a 2-1 victory for the Vancouver Whitecaps against Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday.

The Whitecaps (11-7-5) dominated the first half, with two goals being disallowed due to offside calls. Vancouver’s breakthrough came in the 34th minute when Kansas City defender Robert Valoder accidentally scored an own goal, giving the ‘Caps a 1-0 lead.

Sporting Kansas City (6-14-5) showed more vigor in the second half, equalizing in the 69th minute with a goal from Willy Agada. However, Picault’s decisive goal in the 76th minute ensured the Whitecaps extended their unbeaten streak in Major League Soccer (MLS) to five games (4-0-1).

Yohei Takaoka delivered an outstanding performance with 16 saves for Vancouver, while Tim Melia made 12 stops for Kansas City, whose three-game winning streak came to an end.

First Half Dominance

The Whitecaps were aggressive from the start, creating several early scoring opportunities. Brian White nearly scored with a header in the seventh minute, but Valoder cleared it off the goal line.

Ali Ahmed had a notable moment in the 27th minute, maneuvering past defenders to set up White for a goal that was disallowed due to offside. The Whitecaps’ pressure paid off in the 34th minute when Valoder deflected the ball into his own net, attempting to intercept a pass from Ryan Gauld to White.

Ahmed seemed poised to increase Vancouver’s lead eight minutes later, but his goal was also ruled offside. Despite these setbacks, Vancouver outshot Kansas City 9-2 in the first half.

Kansas City’s Resurgence

Sporting Kansas City made three substitutions at halftime, revitalizing their performance. Stefan Afrifa, substituting for Alenis Vargas, struck the crossbar in the 63rd minute, and Daniel Salloi’s follow-up shot was expertly saved by Takaoka.

Kansas City equalized six minutes later when Agada capitalized on a rebound after Takaoka’s save, slotting the ball into an open net.

Picault’s Winning Goal

The Whitecaps regained the lead in the 76th minute through Picault’s sixth goal of the season. Sebastian Berhalter, who replaced Ryan Raposo in the 67th minute, delivered a perfect cross to Picault, who headed it past Melia to make it 2-1.

Kansas City had a chance to level the score in injury time, but Erik Thommy’s free kick went over the bar following a foul by Mathias Laborda.

The victory solidifies the Whitecaps’ position as a formidable team in the MLS, with Picault’s performance highlighting their depth and resilience.

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