In a spectacular ceremony held at the Ceasar’s Hotel in Windsor in Canada, International Swimming Federation (FINA) paid its annual tribute to the best athletes of 2016 during its FINA/Alisports World Aquatics Gala – “Soirée des Etoiles”. In female swimming, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszú was named the best of the year, after her outstanding results in the 2016 Olympic Games.
This year the Hungarian Iron Lady finally earned her first Olympic golds after years of dominance without such a medal. She took home golds in the 200m and 400m individual medley as well as the 100 back, and added a silver in the 200m back. With four total medals, Katinka Hosszú out-did any other swimmer in Rio with the most individual medals. Additionally, she cracked the world record in the 400 individual medley, taking it to an eye-popping 4:26.36 with a huge win, and took down the Olympic record in the 200m individual medley.
Commenting on the prize she has received now for the third consecutive time, the Hungarian swimming icon said: “First of all I want to say thank you to my grandfather, who told me when I was four that once I would be Olympic champion. He needed to wait a bit, 23 years, to see if he was right. And of course I would like to say thank you to my husband and coach, Shane, who has shown me the way and made it possible for my grandfather’s prophecy to come true.
Starting on Tuesday, the Canadian city of Windsor will host the 13th edition of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m). From Hungary fifteen swimmers will compete for for World Championship glory, including Rio2016 stars Katinka Hosszú, Boglárka Kapás and Zsuzsanna Jakabos.
via swimswam.com and MTI