Hosszu Collects 3 More Golds On Night 2 Of Hungarian SC Nationals


Day 2 of the 2019 Hungarian Open Short Course Championships saw Katinka Hosszu earn her Iron Lady moniker in spades. The 30-year-old multi-Olympic champion went 3-for-3 in terms of individual event wins in Kaposvár, adding to her impressive haul of 3 golds last night.

Hosszu first sealed the 400m free victory in a time of 4:02.13, beating the reigning European Short Course Championships bronze medalist in the event, Ajna Kesely, by over 2 seconds. Hosszu stopped the clock in a mark of 4:02.13, while Kesely followed in 4:04.27 and Fanni Fabian finished .30 later in 4:04.57.

For the Iron Lady, she’s been under the 4:00 barrier in this event 3 times in her career, with her personal best checking in at the 3:58.84 notched at the 2015 edition of the European Short Course Championships. Her most recent quickest in the SCM 400m free came in teh form of the 4:02.50 notched in Eindhoven at last year’s Swim Cup.

As for teenager Kesely, she produced a time of 4:00.04 to reap bronze in Glasgow behind winner Simona Quadarella of Italy (3:59.75) and runner-up Isabel Gose of Germany (4:00.01).

Hosszu’s next victim was the 50m fly, where the versatile superstar put up the only sub-26 outing of the field in 25.87 for gold.

Finally, Hosszu clinched the top prize in her bread-and-butter 200m IM event, topping the podium in a mark of 2:07.76. That was enough to easily keep tonight’s silver medalist, Zsuzsanna Jakabos at bay, with the multi-SC Euros medalist stopping the clock at 2:09.22.

19-year-old long course 200m fly World Record holder Kristof Milak got his hands on some gold, topping the men’s 400m free field in a time of 3:42.70. His time tonight represents the 3rd fastest outing of his young career, whose resume includes a PB in this event of 3:39.89 from 2018.

Milak came up just short of gold #2 in the men’s 50m fly, where Szebasztian Sabo hit the wall first in a time of 22.59. Milak touched in 22.94 to represent the only other swimmer under 23 seconds in the final.

Daniel Sos edged out Olympic icon Laszlo Cseh for the 200m IM gold in the men’s race. Sos produced an outing of 1:54.95, which is a big-time personal best by well over a second. Cseh settled for silver in 1:55.87, while David Verraszto rounded out the top 3 in 1:56.25.

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1 year ago

This time would have worth a final for Sós at ESCC.

Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago


How Dare You!
1 year ago

Does Katinka give away her medals to kids in the stands a la Ryan Lochte?

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1 year ago

I hope not!
Kids should learn that medals need to be earned with hard work and talent.

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