Katinka Hosszú Wins Her 250th Gold at the FINA World Cup
Katinka Hosszú won the gold medal of the 100m women’s medley on the second day of the Tokyo World Cup. According to the official twitter account of FINA (the International Swimming Federation), this was the 250th gold medal for the Hungarian swimmer in the World Cup Series history.
According to FINA, Hosszú brought home 250 of the total 368 that have been awarded in women’s World Cup Series races since 2012; in other words, in the past five years one swimmer has won over two-thirds of all possible womens’ gold medals. Hungary’s ‘Iron Lady’ has more World Cup wins than any female or male swimmer in history.
The Hungarian swimmer won the first race of the night, finishing first ahead of Japanese Rikako Ikea and Australian Emily Seebohmot with 57.38 sec in the 100m medley.
In the 200m backstroke she finished third with 2:03.56 behind the Australian Emily Seebohm (2:01.98) and the American Regan Smith (2:02.23).
Her third race was the 100m butterfly final, where Sarah Sjöström, the Swedish swimmer who is currently FINA’s highest-ranked swimmer this season, came in first with a world cup record. Hosszú finished eighth with 59.62 sec.
Olympic bronze medalist Szeto Daija (3:57.66) set a world cup record in men’s 400m individual medley, followed by two Hungarian swimmers in second and third places: Péter Bernek (4:03.38) and Dávid Verrasztó (4: 03.72). Boglárka Kapás finished second in 400m freestyle with 4:00.09.
The Swimming World Cup series gathers the best swimmers of the world in a series of two-day meets across nine locations, organized between August and November each year. This year’s series finale will be held in Singapore this weekend.