Hungarian superstar Katinka Hosszu took four events on the first evening of finals of the Bergen Swim Festival in Norway. All of the events at the festival are swum in short course meters.
The first event on Hosszu’s plate was the women’s 200 freestyle which she won in a time of 1:54.06. Michelle Coleman of Sweden pushed Hosszu in the first 100 meters turning just over a half second behind, but was not able to make up any ground in the second 100 meters finishing in a time of 1:55.93. Pernille Blume of Denmark finished third in a time of 1:57.14.
Hosszu then went on to the 100 backstroke where she battled Mie Nielsen of Denmark for the championship. Hosszu turned at the half way point in a time of 28.04 only one one-hundredth of a second ahead of Nielsen who swam the first 50 in a time of 28.05. The two continued to battle through the second 50 with Hosszu eventually winning in a time of 57.73 while Nielsen finished second in a time of 57.93.
Sarah Bro of Denmark finished in third with a time of 1:00.89.
Her next win came in the women’s 200 butterfly which she took with ease finishing in a time of 2:15.57. She was followed by two Norwegians, Line Lovberg finished second in a time of 2:17.27 followed by Klara Karkas finishing third in a time of 2:18.31.
Hosszu’s final event of the evening was the women’s 100 IM. She once again would have to once face Nielsen, but this time the win came much easier. Hosszu took the event in a time of 59.04 followed by Nielsen who posted a time of 1:01.17.
Julie Levisen of Denmark finished third in a time of 1:04.17.
Jeanette Ottesen of Denmark took the women’s 50 freestyle in a time of 24.36. She was followed by Michelle Coleman who picked up her second silver of the evening touching in a time of 24.85. Pernille Blume took the bronze in a time of 25.17.
Hosszu, who broke the Hungarian national record in the heats qualifying in a time of 24.71, but was eliminated in the first of three elimination rounds posting a time of 26.13. The event fell right in between her wins in the 100 backstroke and 200 butterfly.
Ottesen also collected a win in the women’s 50 butterfly dominating the final of the event in a time of 25.52. Hosszu finished second recording a time of 27.12 followed by Monica Joannessen who posted a time of 27.59.
Michelle Coleman took home her third medal of the evening collecting gold in the women’s 200 backstroke winning the event in a time of 2:06.80. In the race Coleman finished second to Katinka Hosszu who finished in a time of 2:05.84, but would later be disqualified for an illegal underwater kicking position.
Sarah Bro collected the silver in a time of 2:09.17 followed by Toni Coudray who finished in a time of 2:24.77.
The women’s 100 breaststroke was a tremendous battle between Rikke Moller Pedersen of Denmark and Jennie Johansson of Sweden. Johansson took the first 50 out in a time of 31.34 followed by Pedersen who turned in a time of 31.45, Pedersen took over the lead in the second half of the race finishing in a time of 1:05.50. Johansson finished second touching in a time of 1:05.94.
Louise Dalgaard finished third in a time of 1:09.78.
The men’s 100 breaststroke proved to be just as exciting with Hungarian Daniel Gyurta and Martti Aljand of Estonian challenging each other for the victory. Aljand turned first at the 50 meter mark in a time of 27.72 followed by Gyurta who split a 27.90. Gyurta would eventually win the race finishing in a time of 58.65 followed by Aljand who touched in a time of 58.74.
Bram Dekker finished third in a time of 1:01.01.
Aljand took the men’s 100 IM earlier in the evening finishing in a time of 54.02. He was followed by Daniel Skaaning of Denmark who touched in a time of 55.47 and Markus Lie of Norway posted a time of 56.31.
The race for the men’s 200 freestyle gold was a thriller. Daniel Steen Andersen of Denmark took the first 100 meters out in a time of 53.01 well ahead of his Danish teammate Daniel Skaaning who turned in a time of 54.04. Steen had a great second half just missing overtaking Andersen who finished in a time of 1:48.03 followed by Skaaning who hit the wall in a time of 1:48.09.
Simon Sjodin of Sweden also had a tremendous final 100 meters finishing in a time of 1:48.60.
Andersen also took the men’s 50 butterfly in a time of 24.73. He was followed by Danish teammate Viktor Bromer who touched in a time of 24.92 and Alexander Nystrom who posted a time of 25.68.
Estonian Ralf Tribuntsov destroyed his competition in the men’s 100 backstroke winning the event in a time of 51.79. Tribunstov just missed his own national record of 51.65 which he set at the European Short Course Championships in December. He was followed by Markus Lie who posted a time of 54.23 and Magnus Jakupsson who recorded a time of 54.28.
Tribuntsov also took the men’s 50 freestyle in a time of 23.76. He was followed by Niksja Stojkovski who put up a time of 24.09 and Daniel Steen Andersen who finished in a time of 24.73.
Viktor Bromer won the men’s 200 butterfly in a time of 1:55.78. Simon Sjodin finished second in a time of 1:58.43 followed by Sindri Jakobsson who touched in a time of 1:59.23.