Boglarka Kapas Breaks Hungarian Record in the 800 Free


Hungarian swimmer Boglarka Kapas, who has long been heralded as one of the few women who have even a sniff of challenging Katie Ledecky in the distance freestyle event (and we emphasize ‘a sniff,’ because that’s all that it is), has broken the Hungarian National Record in the women’s 800 meter free.

On Thursday morning, Kapas swam an 8:19.43, which broke her own record of 8:21.21 from the 2013 World Championships. This is one of the few events in which Katinka Hosszu – who wasn’t eligible to swim this race in Rio with just a FINA “B” time – doesn’t hold the Hungarian Record.

It was from 500-700 meters that made the difference for Kapas on the record – she was actually behind her 2013 World Championships pace early in this race, but whereas in 2013 her splits fell off fast, in 2016 they stayed relatively consistent.

Kapas Kapas
Old Record New Record
100m 59.92 59.92 1:00.94 1:00.94
200m 1:02.40 2:02.32 1:02.10 2:03.04
300m 1:02.67 3:04.99 1:02.47 3:05.51
400m 1:02.94 4:07.93 1:02.46 4:07.97
500m 1:03.08 5:11.01 1:02.88 5:10.85
600m 1:03.69 6:14.70 1:03.03 6:13.88
700m 1:04.18 7:18.88 1:03.10 7:16.98
800m 1:02.33 8:21.21 1:02.45 8:19.43




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