Hungary’s Iron Lady Katinka Hosszú has won a silver medal in 200m backstroke on Friday night in Rio, coming second to American swimmer Maya Di Rado.
23-year-old Ms. DiRado, making her Olympic debut in Rio with Team USA, won a bronze and a silver medal behind Ms. Hosszú earlier this week in each of the individual medleys.
The American raced to two minutes, 5.99 seconds, out-touching Hosszú by 0.06 seconds, tracking her down over the final lap and thrusting to the line a fingertip ahead. Ms. Hosszú added the only silver to her collection of three Rio gold medals. Canada’s Hilary Caldwell took the bronze with a time of 2:07.54 seconds.
“I definitely saw [Hosszu] and that’s all you can ask for in the last 50 is a to be in a battle for a gold medal,” DiRado said after the race, admitting that her nail broke on the finish. “I didn’t know who was going to get their hand on the wall first but I was crashing my body as hard as I could, my legs totally seized up. To look up and see the ‘1’ by my name is so unreal (crying) and I can’t believe I did it.”
Ms. Hosszú’s Friday success marked the 60th Olymic, World or European Championship medal in a 50m or 25m pool during her career. “When someone loses in such a close fight, there’s always a chance of falling short of victory by only a little. Of course, I can’t complain after four golds, I never thought this could happen, it’s unbelieavable”, she was quoted saying after the finals.
The “Iron Lady” won three golds and a silver in Rio, with which she has beaten fellow Hungarian female swimmer Krisztina Egerszegi’s 1992 Olympic record of three golds.
via nbcolympics.com and magyaridok.hu
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