EUROPEAN SC SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS, COPENHAGEN: Katinka Hosszu managed to match her 6-gold medal haul from Netanya

Sunday, December 17, 2017


Katinka Hosszu remained on the big stage – in fact, the Hungarian superhero was in the spotlight again as she managed to match her 6-gold medal haul from Netanya. In 2015 she was 6-0-1, now she finished her campaign in Copenhagen with a perfect 6/6 (let the 400m free go on the last day, where she had claimed bronze two years ago). Hosszu added the 200m IM and 50m back titles to her tally this evening, thus completing the triple in the medley and in the backstroke. In the IM event she came 1-2 with compatriot Evelyn Verraszto, a feat they produced once seven years ago, at the long-course Europeans in Budapest.


Katinka Hosszu, Hungary, 2:04.43

“I’m capable of clocking 2:01 but to be honest it’s a bit difficult hard to swim really well while you lack pressure from the others. On backstroke I was already alone… Still, my target is always to bring the best out of myself – today I’ve managed to achieve what you saw.”


Evelyn Verraszto, Hungary, 2:08.09

“I was fortunate not to swim beside Katinka as we all knew she would swim a different race and those next to her might be affected by the vision of her moving ahead and perhaps by the waves, too. I was to quit swimming after the World Champs in Budapest this summer but since it didn’t go as planned I decided to carry on. It was worth – though I know this wasn’t the best field, I’m still pretty happy with this medal.”



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