Hosszu Stamps Another 11 Races, Hagino Excels On Bergen Final Night


  • 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
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The two damage-producing swimmers from abroad that are Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu and Japan’s Kosuke Hagino were back at it again on the final day of the 2016 Bergen Swim Festival.

As a refresher, Hosszu notched 5 wins on the first night of finals, following that up with a remarkable 12 on-the-block appearances last night to add to her Bergen hardware collection. For his part, Hagino nabbed two gold medals last night in the men’s 200m backstroke and 200m freestyle and made anther 2 appearances tonight to leave his mark on this meet.

First, Hosszu fired off another 11 event appearances in tonight’s session, with 6 of those under the umbrella of the women’s 50m breaststroke and 50m backstroke ‘knock-out’-type races. In those sprint distances, Hosszu fell short in the breaststroke, unable to beat Iceland’s Hrafnhildur Luthersdottir through all 3 rounds. Luthersdottir, who already won gold in the women’s 100m breaststroke last night, came out on top of this shorter event and would also go on to win the 200m breaststroke later in the session (2:26.37). Below is a break-down of the women’s breaststroke knock-out:

Round 1 – 50m breaststroke
Luthersdottir – 31.20
Hosszu – 32.01

Round 2 – 50m breaststroke
Luthersdottir – 31.29
Hosszu – 31.78

Round 3 – 50m breaststroke
Luthersdottir – 31.05
Hosszu – 31.70

Immediately after her trio of efforts in breaststroke, Hosszu shifted gears to top the women’s 400m freestyle field, winning gold in that mid-distance race in a time of 4:15.26. Then, the 27-year-old #IronLady moved on to one of her specialty events, the women’s 200m IM, the race in which she is the reigning world record holder. 2:12.58 is what Hosszu earned for her 2nd victory of the night.

But, Hosszu still wasn’t close to being done, competing in both the women’s 50m backstroke knock-out event, 100m butterfly, 200m breaststroke and 100m freestyle. Although far from her best across these additional events, the fact that, for the 2nd night in a row, Hosszu stepped onto the block more than 10 times on each night is enough to earn a medal in itself.

She raced her way to bronze in the women’s 100m butterfly in a time of 1:00.92, to fall behind the 2 sub-minute swimmers on the night – Lucie Svecena in 58.62 and Japan’s Natsumi Hoshi in 59.32. Hosszu competed in the women’s 200m breaststroke, but, as with the 100m distnace from yesterday, was well out of the race and finished 7th overall in a time of 2:39.18. She ended her onslaught of events with the women’s 100m freestyle, where she ended her meet with gold in a mark of 55.11.

Hagino demonstrated the magnitude of his talent by winning the 200m breaststroke and 100m butterfly events tonight. Both are not on his Olympic schedule, which includes the 200m IM, 400 IM and 200 freestyle events, speaking again to the multi-dimensional strength this young talent possesses. 2:13.81 is what it took Hagino to easily win the men’s 200m breaststroke, while he raced his way to the top of the 100 butterfly podium in a time of 52.85. Hagino is considered a strong podium contender across the 3 events he’ll be contesting in Rio.

The home crowd did get to cheer for recent European Championships silver medalist Henrik Christiansen as he soared ahead of the competition in his signature men’s 400m freestyle. Christiansen clocked a time of 3:49.11 to win the event by almost 8 full seconds tonight. The man currently sits as the 8th fastest in the world rankings with his time of 3:46.37 he earned at the Stockholm Open, while 3:46.49 is what he clocked in London to earn the aforementioned silver.

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7 years ago

This is not normal. Hopefully she will not burn herself out through these constant stresses.

M Palota
Reply to  mikeh
7 years ago

You are entirely correct: It is not normal

Reply to  M Palota
7 years ago

It’s normal.

M Palota
Reply to  Brownish
7 years ago

Maybe the parameter by which her swims should be judged is not “normal” vs. “not normal”. Maybe the correct parameter is “common” vs. “uncommon”. And we’ll further define it to say that standard by which we determine whether or not they are “common” is elite level international swimming.

Based on those parameter, her swims are – I think we can all agree – exceptionally uncommon. Nobody has ever – either gender, in the history of the sport – put up the kind up times, across seemingly every event, that she has. Nobody has ever made the kind of improvements that she has at the age that she is. Nobody has swam a schedule like she has before. Her performances may… Read more »

7 years ago

This was an amazing competition weekend. Hosszu is SO tough, inside and out. The 50s were elimination rounds and the way she handled them was stunning, just hammer time. All business.

Iceland’s Hrafnhildur Luthersdottir was another amazing competitor, fantastic stroke.

Finals were exceptional performances from many swimmers, meet records dropping all over the place. Well done Bergen!

7 years ago

Maybe Hosszu should try to swim every event in Rio and see how she does.

Reply to  Person
7 years ago

Rio is the real deal. Hosszú has to put max effort into all of her races, and has to think quality rather than quantity there.

Reply to  Spectator
7 years ago

Yeah, I know. She’ll probably cut back to like 8 swims a day instead of 11 or 12. No, but in all seriousness she’s an amazing all around swimmer and is really, really good at racing so many times in one day. Not many people can do what she does.

7 years ago

Iron Lady pb makes top 10 in the world during prelims in a completely untapered meet IN AN OFF EVENT! Unreal. (Referring to 4:04 400 free)

7 years ago

According to her Facebook, Hosszu went a PB in the 400m freestyle in the prelims session with a 4:04.9.

Reply to  jg1662
7 years ago

Yep! Correct, her best time prior had been a 4:05.51 during the 2014 Mare Nostrum Series in June. Nice find.

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Former Masters swimmer and coach Loretta (Retta) thrives on a non-stop but productive schedule. Nowadays, that includes having just earned her MBA while working full-time in IT while owning French 75 Boutique while also providing swimming insight for BBC.

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