2017 Hungarian National Championships
- April 19th-22nd, 2017
- Debrecen, Hungary
In a meet hyped by its federation as the “greatest Hungarian National Championship ever,” the first day of the 2017 Hungarian National Championships left a lot of long faces among the country’s top swimmers.
In their post-race comments, most of the day’s winners cited disappointment in their results. Boglarka Kapas wanted to be under 16 minutes in the 1500 free, but “failed,” in her words, with a 16:04.19 – still a 10-second margin of victory. Katinka Hosszu was 3rd in 16:18.72.
Daniel Gyurta, who took off 3 months after Rio and changed coaches, says that the “last 50 (of the 200 breaststroke) did not turn out the way we had planned.” He still had enough to win the men’s 200 breaststroke, rather easily, in 2:09.72.
His brother Gergely Gyurta is a few weeks back from hospitalization with a serious viral infection, and says that he didn’t get his strength back yet. He had enough, though, to win the men’s 800 free in 7:55.85, which is just 4 seconds from his lifetime best.
Kenderesi Tamas, winner of the 200 fly in 1:54.89, echoed Gergely’s complaints about a virus sapping his strength. That time moves him to 3rd in the World Rankings this season.
The country’s top maleveteran Laszlo Cseh, who took silver in Rio in the 100 fly, placed just 4th in that 200 fly in 1:56.82. Cseh, admitting that he didn’t return to training until January, said that while he knows his spot in Budapest is assured, he was not happy with his swim – saying he has the stamina, but his technique is not where he wants it to be, and that he needs to “get a feel of the rhythm” again.
Zsu Jakabos, who won the women’s 200 fly in 2:08.06, said her evening swim felt “effortless,” but that she expected a better time. That result won the day, but because it didn’t make the federation-mandated “A” time, Katinka Hosszu (who was 8th in the final in 2:15.77) and Olympian Liliana Szilagyi will be entitled to the spots in Budapest. Jakabos would get a swim in this race if Hosszu chose to scratch in favor of other events.
After a historic Olympic Games, the country’s top athletes sound frustrated with themselves and their results in the first day, while the administration remains upbeat in anticipation of hosting the 2017 World Championships. The country has 3 months to figure out that dichotomy, or else the gamble of accepting hosting duties for this year, instead of the originally-intended 2019 championships, could wind up back-firing to capture the domestic momentum.
Katinka Hosszu swam every race of the session, but didn’t win any of them.
Other Day 1 Winners:
- Katalin Burian won the women’s 200 backstroke in 2:09.85. Hosszu was 3rd in that race in 2:13.47.
- Peter Bernek won the men’s 200 back in 1:56.69 – half-a-second ahead of Adam Telegdy.
- Reka Vecsei won the women’s 200 breaststroke in 2:28.61. Hosszu again grabbed a minor medal, placing 2nd in 2:29.47.
- Teenager Flora Molnar won the women’s 50 free in 25.41, beating Evelyn Verraszto (25.88). Hosszu took 4th in 25.96.
- Krisztian Takacs won the men’s 50 free in 22.39, just out-touching Maxim Lobanovskij (22.41). Lobanovskij is 11-years younger than Takacs.