Katinka Hosszu has made her intentions clear in the 100m Backstroke heats kicking off with a stunning 58.78, moving through to the Semi-Finals in poll position. Hosszu is set to challenge a strong field which features some big names including Emily Seebohm (Australia) and Missy Franklin (USA) and the veteran Kristy Conventry (Zimbabwe). Katinka’s rating throughout the race was impressive, showing off her superb fitness and strength. The Hungarian split sub-30 for both the 1st and 2nd 50m, a feat none of the other girls in the field could manage.
The Hungarian super-star has improved upon her previous personal best of 59.47 and in doing so set a new National Record.
The World and Championship record that the field will all be chasing in the Semi-Finals and Finals is 58.12 , currently held by Gemma Spofforth of Great Britain. This record was set in Rome in 2009.
While world records and gold medals are the ultimate target for Hosszu, a big drop here give her eyes at a historic national mark later in the meet: taking down the 1991 vintage 200 backstroke Hungarian Record of 2:06.62 held by Krisztina Egerszegi – one of the greats to ever swim this event. Hosszu has been 2:06.81 in that event, and with major lifetime bests so far in both events that she’s swum (the 200 IM and the 100 back), it seems nearly a given that Hosszu will get there, if she can hold on to her momentum to the meet’s 6th day across a grueling schedule.