Italy edges out American men to relay gold in World Swimming Championships final

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Canada’s Summer McIntosh, 15, won another gold medal as Italy edged the United States to the men’s 4×100 medley relay title on the final night of racing at the World Swimming Championships.

The Americans clinched a record 45th US medal of the week by winning their 4x100m medley final. Regan Smith, Lilly King, Torri Huske and Claire Curzan were 0.47 seconds ahead of Australia and 1.23 over Canada.

Canadian swimmers finished with 11 medals for their most successful world championships.

Veteran Gregorio Paltrinieri also won a thrilling men’s 1500m freestyle on Saturday as Italy finished the week’s swimming events with five gold medals.

Paltrinieri was well short of the world record as he took a huge lead over his rivals before eventually finishing in a championship record 14 minutes, 32.80 seconds.

Only Sun Yang’s world record of 14:31.02 at the 2012 Olympics was faster. The Chinese swimmer is suspended for a doping violation.

Bobby Finke, who made an art of finishing strong to pass his rivals, couldn’t catch Paltrinieri as he finished 3.90 behind in an American record 14:36.70. Finke’s silver was America’s record 39th medal this week, eclipsing his Budapest tally in 2017.

German Florian Wellbrock finished third.

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