2019 HUNGARIAN OPEN SHORT COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Csik Ferenc Versenyuszoda, Kaposvár, Hungary
- Wednesday, December 11th – Saturday, December 14th
- Entry Lists
- Day 1 Recap/Day 2 Recap/Day 3 Recap
Final Day Highlights
The 2019 Hungarian Open Short Course Championships wrapped up tonight in Kaposvár, but not before the nation’s powerhouse Katinka Hosszu collected one more gold medal to add to her 9-medal haul through Friday.
Tonight, Hosszu captured the top prize in the women’s 100m fly, producing a time of 58.68 for the win. Hosszu’s time represented the only result of the final to dip under the 59-second threshold, although 15-year-old Panna Ugrai was within a second, stopping the clock in 59.45 for runner-up.
Hosszu raced in 2 more events, but fell just shy of gold in each. In the women’s 50m breast, it was Ivett Szurovcsak who got to the wall first, producing a winning effort of 30.70. That held off Hosszu who touched .22 later for a time of 30.92. For Hosszu, her time marks just the 3rd occasion in which the Iron Lady has delved under the 31-second barrier in the short course meters format.
Finally, Hosszu battled against Zsuzsanna Jakabos in the women’s 200m free, where she lost out on gold at the touch. Jakabos stopped the clicked in 1:55.85 to Hosszu’s 1:55.87 in the two-women race. Splits for Jakabos include 57.21/58.64, while Hosszu opened in 57.17 and closed in 58.70 in the neck-and-neck dual.
Also in the water tonight was 200m fly world record holder Kristof Milak. He doubled up on his 2fly victory earlier in the meet with another win this evening in the 100m fly. The 19-year-old earned a time of 50.39 to get the edge over Szebasztian Szabo who touched in 50.63.
Milak’s time represents the 2nd fastest of his young career, sitting just .01 outside of the 50.38 produced last year. Of note, national record holder Laszlo Cseh was also in the race, with the 34-year-old rounding up bronze in 51.26.
A national record did bite the dust before all was said and done, courtesy of 18-year-old Ajna Kesely. Kesely took on the women’s 1500m free tonight where she notched the top time of 16:04.13. Not only is that a lifetime best for the teen, but the mark also checks-in as a new Hungarian standard, overtaking Hosszu’s prior time of 16:04.85 from 2016.
Splits for Kesely’s record-breaking swim tonight include:
Kesely took 800m free silver in Glasgow at the just-concluded Europan Short Course Championships.