'Insanity': 15-year-old phenom stuns swimming world with all-time feat

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Summer McIntosh (pictured right) posing with her gold medal after breaking the Commonwealth Games record n the 400m individual medley.
Summer McIntosh (pictured) has left the swimming world in awe having broken the Commonwealth Games record in the 400m individual medley at the age of 15. (Image: Channel 7/Getty Images)

Swimming has a new star on the rise after 15-year-old Canadian Summer McIntosh carried over her world championship form to win the 400m individual medley at the Commonwealth Games.

The teenager made her name at this year's world championships having won the 200m butterfly with a Canadian record and junior world record of 2:05.20 in the final.

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While she withdrew from the Commonwealth Games 200m event, she opted into the 400m individual medley.

And the superstar 15-year-old showed why she could become the biggest name in swimming clocking 4:29.01 in the final.

There wasn't a single swimmer in the broadcast frame at the end of the swim as McIntosh finished 7.07 seconds in front of Australia's Kiah Melverton.

The young phenom shattered a number of records including the Commonwealth Games record.

She also beat her own personal best and Canada's fastest ever 400m individual medley swim.

At just 15 years old, McIntosh also recorded the third fastest 400m individual medley swim of all time.

The swimming world was left in awe at the teenager's remarkable feat with huge things tipped for the Canadian in the coming years.

She has even been compared to the great Katie Ledecky, despite still being a rookie on the world circuit.

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McIntosh is the third-fastest performer in the event’s history and is closing the gap on the world record of 4:26.36 set by Hungarian Katinka Hosszu at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

“I was excited to re-do my time from (the) worlds and see what I can do to get better,” McIntosh said afer the race.

“I've been working on a lot of stuff in training so I can execute my 400 IM better than I did at (the) worlds, because I had so much room for improvement, and I still do.”

The Canadian’s triumph split Australian hat tricks, with Ariarne Titmus’s decision to sit out the world championships paying dividends in the 200 freestyle.

In one of the night's best races, Titmus broke the Commonwealth Games record with a stunning swim of 1:53.89 in Birmingham.

However, 18-year-old Mollie O'Callaghan surprised viewers and pushed Titmus right until the end with a brilliant time of 1:54.01.

Australia collected 1-2-3 with Maddie Wilson picking up bronze.

Titmus' swim was the fourth fastest of her career and the eighth fastest time in the 200m event of all-time.

with AP

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