Women's 200m IM: Hungarian rhapsody for Hosszu

Monday, July 29, 2013

(Photo: MTI/Kovács Anikó)

What a victory! The 24-year-old most raced swimmer in the history of the sport crushed her opponents in the 200m IM final with a 2:07.92 European-record.

Katinka Hosszu brought Hungary their first world title in the Barcelona pool with an emphatic victory in the women's 200m individual medley. Hosszu, 400m individual medley champion in 2009 when she also took bronze in the 200 IM, took charge from the outset and never allowed her rivals near as Olympic gold medallist and defending champion Shiwen Ye of China finished outside the medals in fourth place.

(Photo: Europress/AFP)

Hosszu, eighth in the event at the 2012 Olympics, won in 2:07.92, with Olympic silver medallist Alicia Coutts (AUS) collecting her third silver medal in two days, clocking 2:09.39 and repeating her 2011 world silver. The 25-year-old Australian had started the evening session with silver in the 100m butterfly to go with her silver the previous evening in the 4x100m freestyle relay. Home fans cheered Mireia Belmonte, Spain's double Olympic silver medallist in 2012, as she took the bronze in 2:09.45, just 0.06 seconds behind Coutts. Ye, the youngest world 200 IM champion ever when she won in 2011 at just 15, was barely in the hunt and had to settle for fourth in 2:10.48

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