Canadian swimmer Ilya Kharun wins gold, sets meet record in 200m butterfly at U.S. Open

Canada's Ilya Kharun swam to gold in the men's 200-metre butterfly while setting a meet record at the U.S. Open Swimming Championships in Greensboro, N.C., on Saturday.

Summer McIntosh, 17, captures 3rd medal of meet with 200m backstroke bronze

A male swimmer pumps his left fist in celebration while holding the edge of a pool at the end of a lane following a race.
Canada's Ilya Kharun celebrates after winning the men's 200-metre butterfly final with a meet record time of one minute 54.66 seconds at the U.S. Open Swimming Championships on Saturday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C. (Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

Canada's Ilya Kharun swam to gold in the men's 200-metre butterfly while setting a meet record at the U.S. Open Swimming Championships in Greensboro, N.C., on Saturday.

The Montreal-born rising star led from start to finish, clocking one minute 54.66 seconds to edge Martin Espernberger of the United States by .03 seconds on the final day of competition at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Kharun's time beat the record of 1:54.88 set earlier in the day during the prelims by Poland's Michal Chmielewski.

American Trenton Julian rounded out the podium in 1:55.59.

Kharun swims for Arizona State University under legendary coach Bob Bowman, who famously helped Michael Phelps to 23 Olympic gold medals.

The 18-year-old has lived in the U.S. for the majority of his life. His parents spent most of their lives performing with Cirque du Soleil.

He also reached the U.S. Open podium on Friday, finishing just .01 seconds behind American star Caeleb Dressel for silver in the men's 100m butterfly with a time of 51.32.

WATCH | Kharun takes U.S. Open Championships gold in 200m butterfly: 

Montreal's Ilya Kharun takes U.S. Open Championships gold in 200m butterfly

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Duration 2:23
The Canadian swimmer topped the podium and set a meet record time of 1:54.66.
Seventeen-year-old phenom Summer McIntosh of Toronto captured her third medal of the four-day meet earlier on Saturday with bronze in the women's 200m backstroke, getting under 2:07 in the event for the first time in her career (2:06.81).

Regan Smith of the U.S. lowered her meet record to 2:04.27, while compatriot Claire Curzan beat McIntosh for silver by .42 seconds.

McIntosh won gold on Thursday and Friday with dominant performances in the 400m freestyle and 400m individual medley.

WATCH | McIntosh swims to U.S. Open bronze in 200m back:

Toronto's Summer McIntosh swims to U.S. Open bronze in 200m backstroke

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Duration 2:44
The 17-year-old Canadian picked up her third medal of the meet with a time of 2:06.81.

In other results, U.S. superstar Katie Ledecky bounced back from a pair of second-place finishes in Greensboro with gold in the women's 1,500m freestyle on Saturday.

The reigning Olympic champion and world-record holder won by nearly 25 seconds in 15:46.38, finishing ahead of fellow Americans Paige Madden (16:11.26) and Leah Smith (16:15.45).

Mary Sophie-Harvey of Trois-Rivières, Que., finished seventh in the women's 100m freestyle final in 55.03, while Pointe-Claire Que., native Eric Brown placed fifth in the men's 1,500m freestyle final (15:18.02).

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