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The youth were served in the opening race of the Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials on Monday. A resurrected veteran then capped the evening in style.

Summer McIntosh, who edged Rio Olympic star Penny Oleksiak in the 200-meter freestyle final a day earlier, picked up where she left off in the women’s 800-meter freestyle.

The 14-year-old Toronto swimmer started strong and didn’t give up on his dominant performance at the Pan Am Sports Center. His time of eight minutes 29.49 seconds was almost four seconds below the Olympic standard required for Tokyo.

“Over the past year and a half, that has been my goal,” said McIntosh. “But before that, if I had to think about the 2016 Trials, I was on the bridge and I met Penny… I never, ever imagined that I would be on the team five years later. “

McIntosh will be one of Tokyo’s youngest athletes. Brent Hayden, meanwhile, at 37, will be the oldest Canadian swimmer to compete in the Olympics.

He continued his remarkable comeback with a victory in the 50-meter freestyle. Hayden finished in 21.82 seconds, just nine hundredths of a second behind the Canadian record he set in 2009.

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“It’s one of the greatest feelings of all time,” said Hayden. “I have never been so excited to make an Olympic team. “

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The 37-year-old Canadian swimmer qualified for a nomination to Canada’s Olympic swim team after winning the 50-meter freestyle in 21.82 seconds. 1:53

Hayden, the 2007 world champion and 2011 world finalist in the 100 freestyle, returned to the pool a few years ago after a seven-year hiatus. The New Westminster, BC resident has fallen in love with swimming again and is now thrilled to make his fourth career Olympic appearance.

“Getting there isn’t enough,” said Hayden. “My main goal is to go there and have a performance that I can be proud of. “

Joshua Liendo of Markham, Ont., Was just behind Hayden in 21.90 to secure another qualifying spot. Torontonian Kayla Sanchez booked her Olympic ticket with a personal best 24.68 in the women’s 50 freestyle.

Finlay Knox of Okotoks, Alta., Slashed his Canadian record in the 200 medley by almost a second with a time of 1: 58.07.

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The 14-year-old Canadian qualified for the 800-meter freestyle one day after winning the 200-meter freestyle at the Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials. 10:20

Sydney Pickrem of Clearwater, Fla., Already a shortlisted pick for the Olympic team, won the women’s 200 IM in 2: 09.24. Kelsey Wog of Winnipeg also qualified in 2: 10.21.

In the men’s 1,500-meter freestyle, Eric Brown of Pointe-Claire, Que., Was first in 15: 19.69, but nowhere near the Olympic standard time needed to qualify.

Canadian record holder Brittany MacLean, who like McIntosh arrived through the Etobicoke Swim Club, furiously cheered the teenager from the front row of empty seats at the fanless site.

“She’s capable of being almost an Energizer bunny and goes, goes, goes,” MacLean said. ” [That’s] with its size right now. But I really see the [strong] potential of what it could be. “

After McIntosh’s victory, the in-house DJ got in the mood by playing “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince throughout the room. During the races, the speakers emitted an artificial crowd noise in an attempt to reproduce a normal competition environment.

The 2020 swim trials have been canceled with the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s trials originally scheduled for April in Toronto were postponed to May and again to June as Ontario grappled with cases of infection.

WATCH | Jacqueline Doorey from CBC Sports briefs you on the Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials:

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The trials feature 185 swimmers from 64 clubs across the country. The competition, which continues until Wednesday, is held under pandemic protocols and restrictions, and is the primary means of selecting Canada’s Olympic swim team.

The Summer Olympics are set for July 23 through August 31. 8 Games in Tokyo.

Canada can send a maximum of two swimmers per event per gender. In addition to finishing in the top two in trials, swimmers must finish under the qualifying time “A” established by the world governing body FINA.

Wog (100-meter breaststroke) and McIntosh (200-meter freestyle) hit that threshold on Sunday. On day one last Saturday, Liendo (100 butterfly), Cole Pratt of Calgary (100 backstroke) and Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge, Que. (100 butterfly) booked their tickets to Tokyo.

Due to the pandemic, six swimmers were named by Swimming Canada last January in events in which they excel. Shortlisted athletes included Pickrem, Oleksiak of Toronto, Markus Thormeyer of Delta, BC, Kylie Masse of LaSalle, Ont., Maggie Mac Neil of London, Ont., And Taylor Ruck of Kelowna, BC

While they are sure to be part of the Olympic team, the trials give the swimmers valuable, high-intensity running reps that have been scarce due to the pandemic.

Oleksiak has been shortlisted for Tokyo in the 200 freestyle, but not the 100, which she will run on Tuesday. Other events on Day 4 include the men’s 100 freestyle, the men’s and women’s 200 breaststroke, and the men’s and women’s 200-meter butterfly.

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