Katinka Hosszu Wins Copa Heller Cup 400 IM In 4:56.99


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The individual events of the 4th Copa Heller Cup quietly kicked off in Mexico yesterday, with the likes of Katinka Hosszu of Hungary, Michael Andrew of the United States and Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands taking to the pool.

32-year-old Hosszu began her campaign with a victory in the women’s 400m IM. Although she still won the race in the only sub-5:00 time of the field, Hosszu’s 4:56.99 is far from where we’re used to seeing her. The multi-Olympic medalist is typically in the 4:38-4:44 range in-season in the past. For example, she was 4:42.96 this time in Nice last year.

We reported how Hosszu recently said she has no plans for retirement, although she reportedly has given up backstroke racing. She had taken a post-Tokyo break, is now engaged to be married and is most likely competing at the FFN Golden Tour stop in Marseilles next week.

Read Katinka Hosszu retirement discussion article here.

As for 22-year-old Andrew, the Olympian posted a mark of 55.65 to come away with the 100m back gold, while he also placed runner-up in the 100m breast. Hitting 1:01.19 in that latter event, Andrew got to the wall behind 26-year-old Kamminga. Kamminga notched 59.93, but the man has already been as quick as 58.52 last weekend in Eindhoven, leading the world rankings at the moment.

Olympic medalist Chase Kalisz rounded out the top 3 of the men’s 100m breast, logging 1:02.51 instead of taking on his bread-and-butter 400m IM event. Also diving in was Canada’s Sydney Pickrem, who notched 1:10.32 in the 100m breast and 2:03.85 in the 200m free.

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11 months ago

I think the big reason for the time is the elevation of the location being over 5,000 feet.

Ol' Longhorn
11 months ago

Katinka is so tough. I mean who else wants to swim a 400 IM LCM at nearly 33 years old when on the downside of their career? Phelps, Lochte, Cseh all gave it up way before then, and f’in Chase, Olympic Champion last year and only 27, skips it to swim the 100 breast. You can say her time sucked, but I’d like to see you stand up and do it (Yozhik).

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
11 months ago

You still don’t get it. She does it for money. Phelps, Lochte, Czeh didn’t swim 400IM because of the strong competition. It doesn’t mean they were that bad in this event as Hosszu is now. Hosszu on the other hand raced against the field that wasn’t even close to 5min. Do you know how FINA qualifies this range of results? “NA”, my friend, “NA”. I won’t be surprised to see her competing at kindergarten events should she got paid for that a few bucks.

Last edited 11 months ago by Yozhik

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