Hosszu Sets a New European Mark in the 400 IM in Marseille

2016 FFN GOLDEN TOUR CAMILLE MUFFAT – MARSEILLE

Katinka Hosszu kicked off the Golden Tour in Marseille with a fantastic 400 IM, setting a new European record and winning the event a time of 4:29.89. Hosszu broke her own record of 4:30.31, which she set during the suit-era 2009 World Championships in Rome. The Hungarian #IronLady just missed breaking the record this past summer at the World Championships in Kazan where she won the event in a time of 4:30.39.

Hosszu was ahead of world record pace by over a second at the 300 meter mark, but was not able to come close to matching the unbelievable freestyle split of 58.68 that Ye Shiwen put up during her world-record swim at the 2012 Olympics in London.

  • Hosszu (Marseille 2016) – 1:01.19/2:10.35 (1:09.16)/3:28.35 (1:18.00)/4:29.89 (1:01.54)
  • Hosszu (Rome 2009) – 1:01.61/2:09.29 (1:07.68)/3:28.81 (1:19.52)/4:30.31 (1:01.50)
  • Ye Shiwen (London 2012) – 1:02.19/2:11.73 (1:09.54)/3:29.81 (1:18.08)/4:28.43 (58.68)

Hosszu’s swim today is by far the fastest time from the 2015-16 season, improving on her old season-best 4:32.25. The next fastest in the world rankings is a 4:34.82 posted by Aimee Willmott of Great Britain.

2015-2016 LCM Women 400 IM

KatinkaHUN
HOSSZU
08/06
4.26.36*WR
2Maya
DiRADO
USA4.31.1508/06
3Mireia
BELMONTE
ESP4.32.3908/06
4Hannah
MILEY
GBR4.32.5408/06
5Elizabeth
BEISEL
USA4.33.5505/13
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Moving forward into this summer, Hosszu has spent the last few months swimming stronger than just about anyone in the world. Where most international, non-college swimmers are swimming well right now, but not quite at a level to post personal or even season-bests (see this weekend’s Arena PSS-Orlando), Hosszu is the only one out there who is in a position to take down international records. If she carries this momentum all the way through to Rio, world records will fall left and right.

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Kim
5 years ago

Super time – Gold in Rio, Katinka 🙂

Swimgeekgirl
5 years ago

Woah. It was her breastroke that really made the difference.

Matt
5 years ago

Great swim form a very sympathetic person 🙂

Dee
5 years ago

She finally learnt not to overswim the backstroke leg and voila, the freestyle held up!

Rafael
5 years ago

And I think that might settle the debate that anyone has any chance of beating a 100% focused Katinka on the IM in Rio

Ok
5 years ago

Honestly, if she had no events before the 400 Im in Kazan she would have hung on and gotten the WR. Glad to see this, if she goes slightly fast of fly and back for a 2:09.1 and mimics that back half with a slightly faster free she can go 4:28 flat. Her breast has improved a ton, nobody can touch any of her strokes any more.

Victor P
5 years ago

The WR is definitely within reach now.

Observer
5 years ago

Takes a cheat to beat a cheat: Hosszu vs Ye Shiwen…both use PED. This performance is a marvel of modern medicine and it’s masterfully disguised uses… Not an honest mid-season swim… Great job circumventing fair competition.

rockjano
Reply to  Observer
5 years ago

Any proof of that????

Reply to  Observer
5 years ago

Don’t be jealous because she swims faster than you ever did, and can swim fast mid-season. Leave her be about the PED use until you know something concrete.

I had more to say but I will just end this by calling you a moron.

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