Six more swims in a finals session? Just another day for Katinka Hosszu. The Hungarian star whose meet lineups are often best described as decathlons competed in another six events on night two of the 2014 Hungarian National Championships, winning both the 100 meter freestyle and 100 meter backstroke along the way.
Hosszu competed in every available event for the women on night two:
- She opened the women’s competition with a 54.97 in the 100 free, overcoming Erika Ferraioli 55.16, a close second) in the final 50 for her third individual win of the meet.
- Shortly after, Hosszu grabbed a silver in the 200 breaststroke, touching in 2:31.53, a very respectable time for someone what most would consider her worst stroke.
- Hosszu took home her second win of the night in the 100 backstroke in 1:00.83, nearly even-splitting the race (30.20-30.63)
- After a strong opening three events, it appeared Hosszu might be fading a bit; she finished seventh in 27.91. Silvia Di Pietro of Italy won convincingly in 26.55.
- Hosszu rebounded for a fourth-place 8:45.66 in the 800 freestyle. Not bad for her fifth swim of the session. Notably, Boglarka Kapas was victorious in 8:28.54.
- To finish things off, Hosszu anchored the second-place mixed 4×100 medley relay for Vasas SC in 55.42.
There was plenty of other fast swimming throughout the session, too, particularly on the men’s side, where long-standing international stars Laszlo Cseh and Daniel Gyurta placed first in their respective individual events. Cseh opened the men’s action with a 52.43 in the men’s 100 butterfly, improving his season best by 0.01 as he gears up for the upcoming European Championships. Gyurta cruised to a win in the 100 breaststroke, finishing in 1:00.53, nearly a full second in front of his nearest competitor.
In what was the race of the evening, Peter Bernek, Radoslaw Kawecki, and Gabor Balog gave the crowd a very entertaining battle in the men’s 200 backstroke. The three swimmers flipped virtually dead-even at the 150 mark, and although Kawecki appeared to be closing the best of the three, it was Bernek who got to the wall first, touching in 1:56.42. Kawecki was just behind in 1:56.45, while Balog faded to third in 1:57.79.
A pair of freestyle events made up the rest of the evening session. Gergo Kis paced through the front half of the400 freestyle before turning on the jets over the final 200 to win in 3:50.45. Krisztian Takacs hit the wall first in the 50 freestyle (22.23), just ahead of NCAA champion Kristian Gkolomeev.