Hosszu Takes Home Four More Wins on Day 2 of Beijing World Cup


Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu was a force to be reckoned with, as per usual, mowing through six events and earning wins in four of them.

Dominating her strengths, the backstroke and IM, she posted a 56.56 in the 100 back and won the 100 IM as well as the 400 IM. Hosszu touched at 58.10 to win the 100 IM over American Katie Meili (59.50) and Jamaican Alia Atkinson (59.60), while swimming a 4:33.60 to take the 400 IM. Hosszu also posted a 4:01.65 to just touch out Dong Jie for the 400 free win (4:01.80).

Meili, Atkinson, and Russian Yulia Efimova met for a hotly-contested battle in the 50 breast. It was Atkinson to hit the wall first, though, at 29.15 to knock off Efimova (29.66) and Meili (29.92). American Breeja Larson (30.62) was fourth.

Larson raced against Efimova and Japan’s Rie Kaneto later in the 200 breast, with Kaneto throwing down an exceptional performance. She finished first at 2:15.91, well ahead of Efimova (2:19.46) and Larson (2:22.67).

Vlad Morozov doubled up, taking both the 50 free (21.06) and the 100 breast (56.33). The Russian was not far off of Cameron van der Burgh’s 55.61 world record in the 100 breast. Meanwhile, South Africans Chad le Clos and Myles Brown each posted a win. Le Clos took the 100 fly (49.35), while Brown topped the 200 free field (1:43.60).

Morozov also swam the 50 back, finishing in a tie for 5th. The win went to Belarusian Pavel Sankovich (23.18), just ahead of China’s Xu Jiayu (23.31). Xu was the winner of the 200 back in 1:51.50.

Danish sprinter Jeanette Ottesen was a double winner herself, snagging titles in the 50 fly (25.16) and 100 free (51.93).


  • Shun Wang of China posted a 1:51.63 in the 200 IM, finishing ahead of Germany’s Philip Weintz (1:52.08) and American Josh Prenot (1:53.54).
  • Liu Siyu took the women’s 200 fly in 2:05.44, .05 ahead of Wang Siqi.
  • The men’s 1500 went to Qiu Ziao with a time of 14:35.45.
  • China won the mixed 4×50 free relay, propelled by a 21.44 split from Yu Hexin and a 23.84 anchor leg from yesterday’s WJR breaker Zhu Menghui. Zhu also posted a strong 52.57 to finish 2nd behind Ottesen in the 100 free.

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6 years ago

56.33 wr is 55.61 that’s a big difference

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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