Defending World Champion Katinka Hosszu Drops 100 Butterfly

2018 FINA SHORT COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • Tuesday, December 11th – Sunday, December 16th
  • Hangzhou, China
  • Tennis Centre, Hangzhou Olympic & International Expo Center
  • SCM (25m)
  • Prelims: 9:30 am local, 8:30 pm ET / Finals: 7:00 pm* local, 6:00* am ET
  • *The final night of finals will be one hour earlier, starting at 6:00 pm local and 5:00 am ET
  • Live Results (Omega)

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu opted not to show for her preliminary heat in the women’s 100 butterfly, dropping the event she won at the 2016 Championships in Windsor.

Hosszu has taken on a much lighter schedule here compared to what she did two years ago, entering eight events compared to eleven there. She swam all eleven there, winning seven gold and nine total medals, while this drop of the 100 fly marks her second scratch as she also opted out of the 50 back.

In her absence, Kelsi Dahlia easily took the top seed of the morning in 55.46, over a second clear of the rest of the field. Hosszu managed to edge out Dahlia in 2016 by one-tenth of a second in 55.12, a time that remains her personal best and Hungarian Record.

So far in Hangzhou, Hosszu has won three golds in the 200 fly, 100 IM and 400 IM, along with a silver in the 100 back.

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James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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