Does anyone know the Hungarian word for rest? Because both Katinka Hosszu and Laszlo Cseh certainly don’t seem to.
On the first day of the Salnikov Cup in St. Petersburg Hungarian Katinka Hosszu won the 200 freestyle (1:55.14), 100 butterfly (56.72), 50 backstroke (27.39) and 200 backstroke (2:06.26). If that wasn’t a enough racing for one evening she also collected a silver in the 800 freestyle (8:32.15) and came fifth in the 50 freestyle (25.00)
Fellow Hungarian Laszlo Cseh had a busy evening as well winning the 400 IM (4:07.57), finishing second in the 200 butterfly (1:53.28) and collecting a bronze in the 100 IM (53.91).
After winning both the 50 and 100 freestyle at the World Championships in Istanbul Russian swimmer Vladimir Morozov continued his winning ways on his home soil taking the 100 freestyle in a time of 46.38. Morozov also tied for third in the 50 butterfly swimming a time of 23.22.
George Bovell III had posted the second fastest time in the world in the 100 IM (51.20) coming into the competition, but in St. Petersburg the swimmer from Trinidad and Tobago barely made it into the final. Bovell swam in lane eight after qualifying in a time of 55.48.
In an interview with Trinidad Express Newspapers Bovell said, “I took it easy this morning, almost like Russian Roulette and barely made the finals, qualifying eighth. So tonight the crowd and press loved this man from small Trinidad and Tobago who smashed the competition by two seconds from the outside lane. A memorable experience.”
Bovell ended up winning the event in a time of 51.69 almost two seconds ahead of Dmitry Zhilin of Russia who finished in a time of 53.58.
“This was a fun atmosphere here at this competition. The pressure is off, and it’s about relaxing and letting your body and subconscious do what it has become very practiced at doing over the past few months. The few days of rest did me some good and the swim tonight felt light, fast and strong.”
Other winners of the evening included;
Women’s 100 breaststroke – Sally Foster (Australia) – 1:06.24
Men’s 100 backstroke – Stanislav Donets (Russia) – 50.52
Men’s 200 butterfly – Nikolay Skvortsov (Russia) – 1:51.96
Men’s 400 freestyle – Mads Glaesner (Denmark) 3:42.29
Women’s 50 freestyle – Aliaksandra Herasimenia (Belarus) – 23.88
Men’s 100 breaststroke – Viatcheslav Sinkevich (Russia) – 58.28
Men’s 50 butterfly – Roland Schoeman (South Africa) – 22.82
Women’s 800 freestyle – Hannah Miley (Great Britain) – 8:18.51