Daryna Zevina Swims 2nd-Fastest 200 Back Ever, Breaks World Cup Record

2016 FINA WORLD CUP: CHARTRES-PARIS

Daryna Zevina of the Ukraine just missed the world record in the women’s 200 back at the FINA World Cup in Chartres, clocking 1:59.35 for the gold medal and a new World Cup record. The swim missed Katinka Hosszu‘s world record of 1:59.23 by just 12 one-hundredths of a second, and makes her just the third woman to crack two minutes in the history of the event.

Here’s a comparison of Hosszu’s world record splits versus Zevina’s splits from today:

  • Katinka Hosszu, 2014 SC World Championships: 28.17(30.19)(30.41)(30.46) – 1:59.23
  • Daryna Zevina, 2016 Chartrs World Cup: 28.93(30.69)(29.81)(29.92) – 1:59.35

As you can see, Hosszu swam her race much more aggressively, out over a full second ahead of Zevina at the 100m mark. Zevina back ended her race, coming home in an incredible 59.73 compared to Hosszu’s 1:00.87, just missing the record.

Hosszu was the first to do it at the 2014 Short Course World Championships, where she posted her record that still stands at 1:59.23. Australia’s Emily Seebohm joined her under two minutes going 1:59.49 at the Australian Short Course Championships in November of 2015, and Hosszu went under three more times in December.

Zevina’s previous best was her time of 2:00.81 from the Berlin World Cup stop back in 2013. This swim eclipses that mark as the new Ukrainian national record. She also broke Missy Franklin‘s World Cup record of 2:00.03, set way back in October of 2011. She moves past Seebohm, Franklin and Japan’s Shiho Sakai from 5th to 2nd on the all-time list.

All-Time Fastest Performances, Women’s 200 Back SCM

  1. Katinka Hosszu, 1:59.23, 2014 SC World Championships
  2. Daryna Zevina, 1:59.35, 2016 Chartres World Cup
  3. Emily Seebohm, 1:59.49, 2015 Australian SC Championships
  4. Katinka Hosszu, 1:59.75, 2015 Duel in the Pool
  5. Katinka Hosszu, 1:59.84, 2015 SC European Championships
  6. Katinka Hosszu, 1:59.95, 2015 SC European Championships
  7. Missy Franklin, 2:00.03, 2011 Berlin World Cup
  8. Emily Seebohm, 2:00.13, 2014 SC World Championships
  9. Missy Franklin, 2:00.14, 2011 Duel in the Pool
  10. Shiho Sakai, 2:00.18, 2009 Berlin World Cup

Hosszu finished 2nd in the race in 2:01.80, and Seebohm was 3rd in 2:02.46. Incredibly, that was Hosszu’s sixth swim of the session.

Hosszu won silver in this event at the Olympics earlier this month, while both Zevina (t-9th) and Seebohm (12th) missed the final.

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James is currently a university swimmer for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. He is studying economics. Along with swimming, he also loves hockey. He's in his 14th season as a competitive swimmer. Best Times (SCM): 50 FR - 24.70 100 FR - 53.88 200 FR - 1:56.12 1500 FR - 16:45.97 100 BK - …

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