FINA World Cup Day 2 Recap: Three More Golds for Hosszu

Katinka Hosszu continued her winning trend on the World Cup circuit, winning three of the four events she swam in Sweden Sunday. She did however face one of her only defeats of the circuit when she lost to her teammate Zsusanna Jacobos in the 200 fly. Jessica Hardy, Anthony Ervin, and Tom Shields all won medals for the U.S.

Men’s 1500 Free
Two new faces in this World Cup Series showed up in style for the men’s 1500: Lucas Kanieski and Marcos Oliveira of Brazil got the top two spots in 14:46.68 and 14:51.66. Italian teenager Gregorio Paltrinieri was third in 14:54.32.

Women’s 100 Free

Britta Steffen, who has seen a lot of silvers in this World Cup Series, got the gold in the 100 free with a time of 52.46, nearly a full second ahead of USA’s Jessica Hardy, who made her first 2012 World Cup appearance in Sweden. After the 50 yesterday, Steffen now owns two gold from Sweden. Jessica Morrison of Australia was fourth in a time of 53.58.

Men’s 200 Free

Arizona alum and South African Darian Townsend won the 200 free in a time of 1:43.45, beating Australians Robert Hurley and Tom D’Orsogna. Townsend managed to hold off Hurley, who chased him down in the last 50 but couldn’t catch him. World Record holder Paul Biedermann of Germany missed the podium, taking fourth in 1:45.70.

Women’s 50 Breast

Olympic champion 15-year-old Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania made her first 2012 World Cup appearance at this event, winning the 100 Saturday and winning the 50 Sunday in a time of 29.96. Such performances indicate that her upset at the Olympics was anything but a fluke. Sweden’s Jennie Johansson, who has cleaned up in the breaststroke events so far in this series but hasn’t been able to hang with Meilutyte, finished second. Hardy, who holds the world record in this event, was third in a 30.48.

Men’s 100 Breast

New Zealand’s Glenn Snyders, South Africa’s Neil Versfeld, and Italy’s Fabio Scozzoli took the top three spots in this event. Snyders was the only swimmer to break 58, going 57.87.

Women’s 400 IM

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, who has developed quite the collection of golds from this World Cup circuit picked up another in the 400 IM with a time of 4:28.01. Her teammate, Zsuzsanna Jakabos, was even closer on her heels than usual with a 4:28.79. Hannah Miley of Great Britain was third in 4:30.86.

Men’s 100 Fly

Kenneth To of Australia won the 100 fly in 50.19. Less than four tenths separated the top three places, Evgeny Korotyshkin of Russia taking silver and Tom Shields earning a podium spot for the U.S. with a bronze.

Women’s 100 Back

A familiar face on this circuit, Australian Rachel Goh won the women’s 100 back in a 57.52. Kira Toussaint of the Netherlands was second and Fabiola Molina of Brazil was third.

Men’s 50 Back

Russian short course star Stanislav Donnets is gaining strength in this series, steadily earning himself a nice chunk of money. He won the 50 back in a 23.51, ahead of Brazil’s Gilherme Guido and Australia’s Robert Hurley.

Women’s 200 Fly

Zsuzsanna Jakabos clearly was sick of being second-best to teammate Hosszu. After finishing behind Hosszbu in countless events in this series, she picked up her first win in the 200 fly, beating Hosszu by less that three tenths with a time of 2:06.90. Hosszu’s 2:07.18 won silver and Sweden’s Martina Granstrom was third.

Men’s 200 IM

Townsend earned his second gold of the day in the 200 IM with a time of 1:53.66. Laszlo Cseh of Hungary was second in 1:53.68 and Henrique Rodrigues of Brazil was third in 1:55.15.

Women’s 400 Free

Hosszu was back on top again in the 400 free, winning in a 4:03.83. She was nearly two second ahead of New Zealand’s Melissa Ingram, who finished second, just head of Denmark’s Lotte Friis, who is a fantastic distance swimmer and took 3rd in the 800 yesterday.

Men’s 50 Free

George Bovell, who is having a very good meet after recording the 8th fastest time in the world in the 100 IM yesterday, won in a time of 20.82. He finished just over a tenth ahead of Anthony Ervin, who has seen a good bit of success on this circuit.  Australia’s Matthew Targett was third in 21.15.

Women’s 200 Breast

In the women’s 200 breast, Rie Kaneto of Japan ran away with the gold, leading from the beginning to finish in a time of 2:21.09, close to four seconds ahead of Sweden’s Joline Hostman.  Kaneto’s teammate, Miku Kanasashi was third in 2:26.43.

Women’s 100 IM

In her fourth event of the day, Hosszu won her third gold in the women’s 100 IM. She was the only swimmer to break a minute, going 59.71. Germany’s Theresa Michalak was second and Meilutyte was third.

Men’s 200 back

Japan took 1 and 3 in the men’s 200 back as well. Yuki Shirai and Hayate Matsubara bookended Australia’s Ashley Delaney in 1:50.70 and 1:52.42. Delaney was 1:52.20.

Women’s 50 fly

Therese Alshammar of Sweden, who did very well last weekend, won in a time of 25.64. Behind her were Inge Dekker of the Netherlands and Norway’s Ingvild Snildal, a new face on the circuit.

Mixed 4 x 50 free relay

This was a Scandinavian podium with Finland, the Netherlands, and Sweden occupying the first three spots. Finland won with a G-G-B-B lineup that included a 20.5 on the anchor leg to get to a final time of 1:32.75. Netherlands was second in 1:33.72. They went for the B-G-B-G lienup, and though both girls split 24s, neither of their boys broke 21 and one was a 22.7. Sweden’s lineup was the opposite of Finland’s–probably an effort to get some clean water–and they ended up with a 1:34.10 to take third.


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