Hosszu “I Was Hoping For A Sub-2:07 200 Back” (Interview, Race Video)


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Watch the race video of Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu powering her way to the top of the podium in the women’s 200 backstroke tonight, then listen to how she analyzed the race. Hosszu says she was targeting a sub-2:07, but is relatively happy with the 2:07.01 she registered while holding off silver medalist Daryna Zevina (Ukraine)

As originally reported by Loretta Race:


  • Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 2:07.01
  • Daryna Zevina (UKR) – 2:07.48
  • Matea Samardzic (CRO) – 2:09.24

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu earned her 2nd individual medal of this championships meet, doubling up on her 400m IM victory from last night with a gold in the women’s 200m backstroke. 2:07.01 is what the ‘Iron Lady’ threw down tonight to win by .47 of a second and log the best time of the season. This also marks Hosszu’s first European Championship win in this event.

Without a 400 IM swim already in her system, Hosszu was able to dip well into the 2:07 territory, almost into 2:06, with tonight’s 2:07.01 representing the 4th-best time of her career. Given how prevalent Hosszu races, that is speaking volumes to how prepared this Hungarian appears to be headed into the final stretch towards Rio.

Putting up a fight in the race, however, was Ukrainian Daryna Zevina. With her race splitting of 1:01.97/1:05.51, Zevina was able to lower her own Ukrainian national record to 2:07.48 and keep up with Hosszu. They were the only 2 swimmers of the field to log 1:01-point opening splits, although Hosszu blasted a 1:01.18 to lead right from the get-go.

Croatia’s Matea Samardzic held on for the bronze tonight, scoring a time of 2:09.24, her new personal best and Croatian National Record.

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