Hosszu adds two titles, Koch is back
Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu clinched two more titles on the second day of the 13th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Windsor (CAN) and progressed to the first place on a couple of all-time medal lists. Germany’s Marco Koch won his first short-course world title. Russia earned three medals, including another relay gold.
Katinka Hosszu wrote history by winning the 200m fly and the 100m back, both with pretty convincing swims. The three-time Olympic champion earned her 8th and 9th short-course world titles, surpassing USA’s Jenny Thompson on the all-time list for individual gold medals. Hosszu now is tied first on the all-time medal list among the women with 17 podium finishes, together with Thompson, Theresa Alshammar (SWE) and Jana Moravcova (SVK).
Among the men, the 100m breast final brought the first European 1-2-3 finish with Germany’s Marco Koch prevailing, ahead of Russia’s Vlad Morozov and Italy’s Fabio Scozzoli. While the German’s win was never in real danger, the next five hit the wall in a span of 0.08sec, so Morozov and Scozzoli needed some luck to stand on the podium. Just as Georgia Davies, who came third in the women’s 100m back (won by Hosszu): the Brit out-touched l/c world title-holder Emily Seebohm (AUS) by 0.01sec for the medal.
Russia’s Andrei Shabasov missed the 100m back title by a similar margin, he reached for the wall by 0.04sec ‘later’ than the other Aussie backstroke world champ, Mitch Larkin. Shabasov’s compatriot, Aleksandr Krasnykh collected his second medal over the 200m free (he was in the top three in the 400m, Korea’s Park doubled down these two events). Europe was closed out from the medals in the women’s 50m breaststroke, but in the 4x50m relays our teams did well.
In the women’s free dash relay Italy stormed to the second place behind the USA – the Americans set a new WR – while the bronze went to Denmark as they edged out the host Canadians for the third place by 0.02sec.
The mixed free relay (over 4x50m) brought another triumph to the Russians who won a thriller against the Dutch, touching in just 0.09sec ahead of the Netherlands.