After 6 weeks out of the water, which includes a full 2 week isolation after a positive test for coronavirus, World Champion Boglarka Kapas returned to training on Monday.
“I think this picture captures how I felt today when I could swim again after 6 weeks out,” the caption on her Instagram post reads.
Kapas, who was the 2019 World Champion in the 200 fly, tested negative for the coronavirus 2 weeks ago following a 14-day period of isolation. She is one of at least 15 swimmers or coaches affiliated with the Hungarian national team who tested positive, though she never showed any symptoms.
While this was Kapas’ first time in a full-size pool, it wasn’t her first time in any pool – shortly before her isolation ended, she was training on a tether in a small above-ground pool.
After initially making an effort to leave a national training center open, Hungary suspended all training until April 15th after several swimmers tested positive. To return to training now, athletes must undergo multiple tests, including blood tests, that come back negative. That closure was ultimately suspended until April 27th.
According to social media posts, Kapas was joined in training at least by her boyfriend and fellow international swimmer Adam Telegdy at the Duna Arena (Danube Arena) – the facility that hosted the 2017 World Championships.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Hungary has seen 2,727 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 300 deaths caused by COVID-19.
Other Swimmers Back in the Water
A number of other swimmers in countries where training centers are not reopening yet have found their way back into pools none-the-less anyway.
- Femke Heemskerk, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist and one of the stars of the first season of the International Swimming League, has found an 18 meter pool to train in.
- American swimmer Michael Andrew, who was the 2016 World Champion in the 100 IM, has had a neighbor open a narrow 1-lane 25-yard pool to him. Butterfly was a bit dicey for the full lap, but it was plenty wide enough to train freestyle.
- Canadian veteran Brent Hayden made his way back into the pool this week, albeit on a tether.
- Kelsi Dahlia is training on a tether in a backyard, temporary 9-foot by 12-foot iPool. She’s had a temporary heater installed as New Jersey has seen some cool days lately.
- Another Hungarian, Liliana Szilagyi, posted a photo on Instagram captioned “back to the pool,” though she didn’t specify what exactly that meant. Her coach Shane Tusup posted photos of her back in a full gym “and the pool,” so it appears as though she’ll have access to a full pool like Boglarkas does.