2017 HUNGARIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
On day 2 of the 2017 Hungarian National Championships, iron lady Katinka Hosszu swam all 3 of the women’s events in finals. Her strongest performance came in the 200 IM, where she blasted a 2:09.38 to win gold and become the fastest performer in the world this year. Hosszu was 3 seconds ahead of the field, as fellow Olympian Zsuzsanna Jakabos came in 2nd in 2:12.38.
Hosszu also picked up a silver in the 400 free and finished 4th in the 50 fly. In the 400 free, she battled closely with Olympic medalist Boglarka Kapas and distance standout Ajna Kesely. In the first 200, Kesely established a lead she would never relinquish, as she powered to a 4:06.64 to take down Hosszu (4:07.52) and Kapas (4:07.65).
On the men’s side, international veteran Laszlo Cseh pulled in a pair of wins on day 2. Cseh, who took a break after Rio and returned to training in January, took on the 200 IM and 50 fly. In the 200 IM, he put up a 1:59.43 to surpass David Verraszto as the fastest Hungarian of 2017 and earn a #14 world ranking. Cseh returned to the pool for the 50 fly, where he was the only man to break 24 seconds with his 23.94.
Following the session, Cseh said he was feeling better about his day 2 performance than day 1. Here’s a translated version of his post-race quote:
“Yesterday was not a big problem, but today was a much better feeling. These 2 wins are good for the soul, though I stress yesterday was not broken, I just do not like it when I do not win.”
Additional Day 2 Event Winners:
- Men’s 400 Free- Peter Bernek, 3:49.60
- Women’s 50 Fly- Flora Molnar, 26.71