2017 Flanders Cup
- Saturday, January 21 – Sunday, January 22, 2017
- Flanders, Belgium
- Full results
Katinka Hosszu piled up 4 individual wins to lead all athletes at the 2017 Flanders Cup in Belgium.
On day 1, she topped the 200 backstroke in 2:12.13, beating out Spain’s Duane da Rocha by about a second. A few events later, she won the 400 IM by about two seconds, going 4:40.61.
The next day, Hosszu nabbed the 200 IM win in a blowout 2:13.22, just a few events after obliterating the 200 free field in 1:58.58.
Just behind Hosszu, Mie Nielsen and Evgeny Rylov each won three events.
On day 1, Nielsen pulled a double, knocking off Hosszu for the 100 free title (54.99 to 55.40) and coming back to add the 50 back with a 28.39. She would return the next day to win the 100 back in a massive blowout, going 59.81 to top the field by well over two seconds. That time currently leads the world ranks for 2016-2017:
Rylov had a similarly dominant 100 back on day 1, going 53.93 to crush the field by more than a second. The next day, Rylov doubled up with a win in the 200 back (1:57.41) followed by a sprint 50 back title (25.12) to complete a backstroke sweep. That 50 back leads the world ranks, while he sits #4 in the 100 and #2 in the 200.
Other multi-event winners included:
- Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte, who won the 50 breast in a world-leading 30.87 and the 100 breast in 1:07.03, ranking 3rd worldwide.
- Holly Hibbott of Great Britain, who went 2:12.13 to win the 200 fly, interestingly enough matching Hosszu’s winning 200 back time down to the hundredth. Hibbott also won the 400 free in 4:12.03, just touching out Spain’s Melanie Costa Schmid.
- Andrius Sidlauskas of Lithuania matched Meilutyte’s breaststroke double to give their nation 4 total breaststroke titles. Sidlauskas was 1:00.34 in the 100 breast and 27.89 in the 50 breast.
- Andriy Khloptsov completed a sprint duo, winning the 50 fly in 23.90 and the 50 free in 22.76. In the former, he just nipped 100 fly champ Adam Barrett (52.92) by five one-hundredths.