Tuesday, 30 July 2013

FINA Live Blog : Swimming, Day 2 - Women's 200m IM: Hungarian rhapsody for Hosszu

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.

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

World Record: Ariana Kukors (USA), 2:06.15 – July 27, 2009 in Rome (ITA)
Championships Record: Ariana Kukors (USA), 2:06.15 – July 27, 2009 in Rome (ITA)
Best performance of the current season (since January 2013): Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2:07.92 – July 29, in Barcelona (ESP)
2003-2011 winners in this event: 2003 – Yana Klochkova (UKR, 2:10.75); 2005 – Katie Hoff (USA, 2:10.41); 2007 – Katie Hoff (USA, 2:10.13); 2009 – Ariana Kukors (USA, 2:06.15); 2011 – Shiwen Ye (CHN, 2:08.90)
The best in this event (1. most victories or 2. fastest time): Katie Hoff (USA, 2005 & 2007)
2012 Olympic podium: 1. Shiwen Ye (CHN, 2:07.57), 2.Alicia Coutts (AUS, 2:08.15), 3. Caitlin Leverenz (USA, 2:08.95)

source : Barcelona 2013 - FINA Live Blog

No comments:

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...