World Championship Gold Medalists Come Up Big Once Again
Katinka Hosszu, Sarah Sjostrom, Laszlo Cseh, Gregorio Paltrinieri and Marco Koch all performed incredibly well at the 2015 World Championships. Cseh, Paltrinieri and Koch all won individual gold in Kazan while Hosszu and Sjostrom won multiple events and set one world record a piece.
All five athletes followed that up with wins in Netanya. Hosszu swept both the backstroke and IM events setting world records in the 100 and 400 IM, Sjostrom took gold in the 100 freestyle as well as the 50 and 100 butterfly, Paltrinieri won the 1500 freestyle in world record time, Cseh took the 200 IM along with the 100 and 200 butterfly and Koch was victorious in the 200 breaststroke.
With their success in Kazan and Netanya all five athletes have set themselves up well heading into Rio.
Will Success at These Championships Translate into Olympic Hardware
It is always interesting to see how much success in the short course pool translates to winning performances in the long course arena.
Looking back to the 2011 European Short Course Championships there were only five athletes who won medals in Szczecin who stood on the podium in London. Those swimmers included Daniel Gyurta, Michael Jamieson, Yevgeny Korotyshkin, Laszlo Cseh and Mireia Belmonte.
As mentioned above several of the athletes who collected medals in Netanya were also extremely successful in Kazan. That fact would make one think that the results for the medalists at this year’s championships should make more of an impact in Rio.
Hungarians Flex Their Muscles
Hungary has finished in the top three in the medal standings at the European Short Course Championships in three of the last four competitions. In 2010 they were third (six gold, one silver and two bronze), they were third once again in 2012 (six gold, four silver and two bronze) and in 2013 they finished second (five gold, three silver and two bronze).
This year the Hungarian team stepped it up to a new level finishing atop of the medal standings with 11 gold, three silver and one bronze.
Hosszu and Cseh collected multiple medals, including nine gold. They were not the only Hungarians to come away from Netanya with victories. David Verraszto won the 400 IM and Peter Bernek took the 400 freestyle while Boglarka Kapas finished second in the 800 freestyle and third in the 400 freestyle while Daniel Gyurta walked away with a silver medal in the 200 breaststroke.