Katinka Hosszu has broken the World Record in the women’s 200 short course meter IM on day 1 of the 2014 FINA World Cup stop in Doha, Qatar, earning a $10,000 World Record bonus in addition to all of the usual prizes.
She swam a 2:02.61 in the final, after there was no prelim due to a lack of entries, which broke the 2:03.20 that she swam at the Eindhoven World Cup on August 7th, 2013.
The comparative splits:
Hosszu Old World Record: 26.69 / 30.89 / 36.23 / 29.39 = 2:03.20
Hosszu New World Record: 26.94 / 30.27 / 36.33 / 29.07 = 2:02.61
Hosszu’s amazing endurance has gotten even better (probably aided by the decision to scratch the 100 fly final on Wednesday), and as we noted in our full recap, her backstroke continues to improve.
In total, Hosszu now has 7 out of the top 8 short course meters performances in history in this race, and this is the third-straight time she’s broken the World Record. Her margin on the rest of the world is almost a second (Japan’s Ami Nakada was a 2:03.4 in March of this year).