After swimming a 59.40 in the prelims of the women’s 100 backstroke, Katinka Hosszu of Hungary has decided to scratch the semi-finals of that event. She has a very heavy meet schedule and wants to focus on finals tonight. Last night, she won the semi-finals of the women’s 200 IM with a time of 2:08.59. Throughout the rest of the meet, she still has the 200 freestyle, 400 IM, 200 butterfly, and 200 backstroke. Those are her only swims, however, seeing that Hungary does not have any relays.
Hosszu is the first Hungarian to break 1:00 in the women’s 100 backstroke.
Taking her place will be Kimberly Buys of Belgium. Buys was 17th this morning with a time of 1:01.35.
The other scratch came from Emily Seebohm of Australia in the women’s 200 IM. She finished 6th in the semi-finals last night, but is most likely dropping the final to save energy for her 100 backstroke. She swam the backstroke this morning and finished fifth with a time of 1:00.02.
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor of Great Britain will be taking her place in the final of the women’s 200 IM. She was ninth in the semi-finals with a time of 2:11.33.