2016 BERGEN SWIM FESTIVAL
- Friday, May 27th – Sunday, May 29th
- Alexander Dale Oen Arena, Bergen, Norway
- Friday – prelims at 3pm local/9am EDT; Saturday – prelims at 9am local/3am EDT, finals 5pm local/11am EDT; Sunday – prelims at 9am local/3am EDT, finals at 3pm local/9am EDT
- Event Schedule
- Entry Lists
- Live Timing
The 2016 Bergen Swim Festival kicked off today in Bergen, Norway, with over 600 swimmers competing set to compete at the 3-day meet . Held at the Alexander Dale Oen Arena, named after the late Norwegian breaststroker who died in 2012, local stars and Rio podium contenders from across the globe are slated to compete as another chance to tune up prior to the Games this summer.
One of those key athletes is Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, who beamed herself straight from Romanian Nationals to Bergen and already fired off a 5-event line-up on night 1 in Norway. Hosszu competed across every single event in today’s prelims, which included the 50m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 50m butterfly, 100m backstroke and 200m freestyle.
In her one-woman pentathlon, Hosszu claimed the top seeds in all but one event, which may or may not transfer over to her actually swimming all races when these finals come to pass tomorrow evening. 25.44 was Hosszu’s mark in the 50m freestyle, followed by 1:09.06 in the 100m breaststroke, 27.00 in the 50m butterfly, 1:01.15 in the 100m backstroke and a 1:57.27 in the 200m freestyle. All impressive outings for the ‘Iron Lady’ who claimed 3 individual gold medals at the European Championships earlier this month.
The only woman to out-do Hosszu in a prelimsrace was home swimmer Hrafnhildur Luthersdottir, who topped the Hungarian in the 100m breaststroke. Luthersdottir nabbed a time of 1:08.02 today for a solid opening outing. She was as fast as 1:06.45 in London just weeks ago to claim the silver at the European Championships, in addition to also collecting bronze in the 200m and silver in the 50m breaststroke distances.
Also on the prowl today were 2 notable Japanese swimmers in the form of multiple Japanese National Champion Kosuke Hagino and 200m butterfly World Champion Natsumi Hoshi. Each swam one race today, with Hoshi making the final in the women’s 200m freestyle in 2:04.83 and Hagino easily taking the top seed in the same event for the men. Hagino’s mark of 1:47.05 is easy speed for the Olympic gold medal threat, as he already owns the world’s 3rd fastest time with the 1:45.50 he threw down at the Japan Open in April.