Hosszu Wins 4, Nielsen & Rylov 3 at 2017 Flanders Cup

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:

2016-2017 LCM WOMEN 100 BACK

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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 Meilutytewho 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.

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5 years ago

I’m wondering if Hosszu swam 200free for money only or she plans to compete at this distance in Budapest. She definitely tried to be a contender in 2015 joining very respectful under 1:56 club. But a lot of efforts ended up out of podium in Kazan. Last year she skipped it entirely. The best time of the season was shown in January (1:56.31). 1:58.58 yesterday is actually a good race for January considering that it wasn’t a tough meet and other her races were done in training mode.
If not to count Katie Ledecky the 200free race is again pretty much open.

Reply to  Pickle
5 years ago

Imho in Budapest she won’t enter more than 5 individual events. On top of the 2-2 IMs and backs my guess is the 200 fly. 200 free doesn’t make sense as she is not in the league of the sub 1:55-ers.
As for the money, I don’t think so that a few hundreds Euro would motivate her.

Reply to  Riez
5 years ago

So if it isn’t the part of her business plan and if she isn’t going to compete for the title at this distance then taking rank #1 in January was done just for fun. I got it 🙂

Reply to  Pickle
5 years ago

Exactly. As you say “it wasn’t a tough meet”. For her it was literally fun, or a light training if you like. She swam breast as well.
Also, not even the irrelevant January is over. Euro Meet this weekend in Luxembourg, with Sjostrom for example. I bet she takes over that #1 rank with ease.
One more thought if I may have. Hosszu has already reached her limits in free, whilst she has a textile PB in 200 fly from Barcelona, which at that time was good for a bronze. If she can cut off a bit more than half a second – and I think she can – she is on the podium again, likely with Belmonte… Read more »

bobo gigi
5 years ago

Rylov has a superb technique on backstroke. If he can take a little bit of power then he will be tough to beat in the 200 back.

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