Hosszu & Cusinato Share 400 IM Podium On Day 2 Of FINA World Cup Berlin


While the second meet of the International Swimming League’s (ISL) inaugural season is underway in Naples, Italy, the fast times keep rolling on day 2 at the FINA World Cup Series in Berlin.

Already, Dutch speedster Kira Toussaint fired off her 2nd national record of the meet, this time clinching gold in the 100m back in a lifetime best of 59.46. That took .10 off of her previous NR time of 59.56 clocked just last week at the Budapest stop of this cluster #2. You can read more about Toussaint’s swim here.

Securing silver behind Toussaint tonight was Canadian swimmer Taylor Ruck, with the Stanford Cardinal hitting the wall in the only other sub-minute time of the field in 59.84. Splitting 29.02/30.82, Ruck was about a second off of her lifetime best of 58.55 clcoked this past April, a time that renders Ruck as the 2nd fastst Canadian female ever in the event.

Hungary’s Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu rounded out the top 3 in a time of 1:00.65.

Hosszu had earlier done damage in the women’s 400m IM event, taking the gold in a convincing time of 4:38.15 to beat the field by almost 6 seconds. The Hungarian World Cup mainstay was faster in her home country last week, with her 4:34.37 winning effort there falling within 2 seconds of the World Cup Record of 4:32.30 she set at the Tokyo stop this year.

400m IM silver tonight went to teammate Zsuzsanna Jakabos, as it did last week, with Jakabos nailing a time of 4:44.06.

Italy’s Ilaria Cusinato was about 2 1/2 seconds faster than her time of 4:48.64 in this women’s 400m IM event last week in Budapest, putting up a solid 4:46.11 to reap bronze.

Tonight then marked the first time that Hosszu and Cusinato shared a podium since Cusinato has paired up with Hosszu’s ex-husband and previous coach, Shane Tusup. Cusinato is among a small training group that also includes David Foldhazi and Liliana Szilagyi.

Of note, Spaniard Mireia Belmonte was set to race but indicated on her social media accounts that she is battling a stomach ailment.

The men’s 1500m freestyle saw host country swimmer and 2019 World Champion in the event Florian Wellbrock produce a time of 15:10.82 for gold. That was good enough to hold off Spanish swimmer Albert Escrits who closed in on Wellbrock with an effort of 15:12.15, while Frenchman David Aubrey also landed on the podium in 3rd place in a time of 15:13.14.

Wellbrock was much quicker in Budapest, where his 1500m freestyle winning time of 14:57.83 was within range of Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri’s World Cup Record of 14:55.06 that’s been on the books for 4 years.

Wellbrock owns the German National Record with the 14:36.15 he registered at the 2018 European Championships. He came within a hair of that time in Gwangju, claiming gold in a mark of 14:36.54.

Spain’s Jessica Vall greatly improved upon her 4th place finish from last week in the women’s 100m breast to a gold medal-worthy outing tonight with a time of 1:07.76. Splitting 32.47/35.29, Vall touched just .02 ahead of Japan’s Miho Teramura who settled for silver in 1:07.78. Germany’s Anna Elendt registered 1:08.87 for bronze tonight.

Vlad Morozov got the job done in the men’s 50m backstroke, reaching the wall first in a mark of 24.75. That held a .22 advantage over American Michael Andrew who touched in 24.97 for silver. Andrew set a PB of 24.39 in this event at the Sette Colli Trophy over the summer.

Russian Grigory Tarasevich, who will soon be Andrew’s teammate on the NY Breakers roster, rounded out the top 3 in 25.14. He was the World University Games bronze medalist this summer in 24.94 after notching a lifetime best of 24.64 in that meet’s semi-finals.

Morozov also took the men’s 100m freestyle as the last individual event of the night, clocking a winning effort of 48.02, just off his 47.99 gold medal-worthy swim from Budapest.

Newly-minted World Record holder in the 200m fly, Kristof Milak of Hungary, couldn’t stay away from his pet event for very long, as the 19-year-old ripped a 1:55.47 to easily claim victory here in Berlin. Splitting 55.34/1:00.13, Milak finished almost 2 seconds ahead of runner-up Ramon Klenz and his time of 1:57.34.

Italy’s Federico Burdisso earned bronze in 1:57.78, a solid time from the Northwestern-bound teen. Burdisso finished 4th in this event at this year’s World Championships, registering his Italian standard in the 200m fly of 1:54.39.

Additional Winners:

  • Czech Republic’s national record holder Barbora Seemanova snagged a super close 200m free victory over yesterday’s 50m freestyle gold medalist Michelle Coleman of Sweden. Seemanova stopped the clock at 1:58.78 tonight to just out-touch Coleman’s silver medal time of 1:58.80. Seemanova holds her nation’s standard with the 1:57.16 she produced in the semi-finals of this year’s World Championships.
  • Swiss national record holder Jeremy Desplanches surged to the wall first in the men’s 200m IM, notching a winning mark of 1:58.32. He is the reigning World Championships silver medalist in this event. Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys and Japan’s Yuki Ikari also collected sub-2-minute times of 1:59.47 and 1:59.61, respectively. Of note, Michael Andrew took the top seed of the morning in this event of 2:01.35 but did not swim the final.
  • Dutch ace Arno Kamminga fell just shy of his newly-minted 50m breaststroke national record of 27.00 earned last week in Budapest, instead settling for silver in 27.21. Taking the 50m breast meet title was Serbian Caba Siladi, who finished on top in a time of 27.18.
  • World Championships medalist Ranomi Kromowidjojo got in done in the women’s 50m fly, producing a winning time of 25.67 to mark the only sub-26 second logging of the field. Aussie Cate Campbell wrangled up silver in 26.12, while there was a 3-way tie for bronze, with German Aliana Schmidtke, Dane Emilie Beckmann and Swede Coleman all hitting the wall in a collectively clocking of 26.14.

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4 years ago

Is Cusinato better than Hosszu is any single stroke?

Hosszu is excellent in all four strokes. Unless Cusinato can beat or match her in at least two strokes, she is never going to beat Hosszu.

That’s how the IM works. The way Lochte finally beat Phelps was matching him in the fly and free, and then beating him on the back and breast legs.

It might make for some hype to talk about a rivalry, but there really isn’t one.

4 years ago

Katinka ROCKS! — again

Reply to  Steve
4 years ago

I’m not sure that swimming like a rock is a good complement for swimmer. On the other hand swimming at 4:38.15 may indeed cause such associations 😀

Reply to  Yozhik
4 years ago

Tusup is hurting Cusinato with too much hype. The 200 IM was a disaster for Cusinato.

4 years ago

I got popcorn and lawn chairs for everyone

4 years ago

What Mrs. Race is trying to draw our attention to is that Hosszu and Cusinato are on collision course with the pace of 6sec per meet. Big Bang is ahead that will shake Swimswam’s comment section. 😀

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