Iron Lady Crushes 400 IM Field, Morozov Hits 47.99 On Day 2 Of FINA World Cup


Although the International Swimming League’s (ISL) opening match is taking place today in Indianapolis, Indiana, key elite swimmers are making some major waves on day 2 of the FINA World Cup Series top in Budapest.

Dutch National Records were once again registered by Kira Toussaint and teammate Arno Kamminga. They each collected a pair of records on day 1 in the 50m back and 100m breast, respectively. Tonight, Toussaint put up the fastest 100m back time of her career, 59.56 to take gold and check-in with a new NR.

Kamminga’s damage was done in the morning, with the 23-year-old firing off a new Dutch standard of 27.00 in the 50m breast. He followed up with 27.13 for the gold in the evening. You can read about both of these swims here.

Of note, Uzbekistani swimmer Vladimir Mustafin earned a new national record in the 50m breast in the heats with his morning swim of 27.39. He was just off that mark tonight but still earned bronze in a time of 27.46. Silver went to Hungary’s Csaba Szilagyi in 27.41.

The first 400m IM battle between Hungarian Katinka Hosszu and Italy’s Ilaria Cusinato turned out to be no contest, as the Iron Lady crushed the field by over 7 seconds, winning in a 4:34.37 scorcher.

This meet represents the first time both women were in the pool since Cusinato has paired up with the Hosszu’s ex-husband and previous coach, Shane Tusup. Cusinato is among a small training group that also includes David Foldhazi and Liliana Szilagyi.

Hosszu is the reigning World Record holder and Olympic champion in the 400m IM and habitually wreaks havoc in this event. Tonight was no different, as her 4:34.37 winning effort was within 2 seconds of the World Cup Record of 4:32.30 she set at the Tokyo stop this year.

The next closes competitor tonight was fellow Hungarian Zsuzsanna Jakabos who touched in 4:41.73, while Spanish 200m fly Olympic champion Mireia Belmonte wrapped up bronze in 4:41.81.

As for Cusinato, the now-20-year-old celebrated her birthday day with a 5th place finish, touching in a time of 4:48.64. Although that’s well off her own personal best of 4:34.65 in the event, her performance is indicative of the heavy training she is currently under while training for Tusup.

American Michael Andrew got his first win here in Budapest, topping the men’s 200m IM podium in a time of 1:59.02. Lithuanian 400m free victor from night 1, Danas Rapsys, finished less than half a second behind in 1:59.42, while Aussie Thomas Fraser-Holmes got on the board with bronze in 1:59.71.

For Andrew, the Race Pace swimmer’s personal best in this 200m IM is represented by the 1:57.49 he produced at the Pro Swim Series in Richmond this past April. That time remained as the 8th fastest mark in the world at the end of the 2018-19 season, even after the World Championships in Gwangju, Korea.

Finnish swimmer Ida Hulkko got it done in the women’s 100m breast, putting up the fastest time of 1:07.42 for gold. Tonight’s performance checks in as Hulkko’s quickest of her career, beating out the 1:08.04 the Florida State Seminole produced at last year’s European Championships.

As such, tonight marks the first time Hulkko has ever been under the 1:08 threshold in the event.. In fact, her time fell just .07 outside of Jenna Laukkanen’s Finnish National Record of 1:07.35 that’s been on the books since the 2016 Olympic Games.

The reigning World Champion in the men’s 1500m freestyle, Florian Wellbrock of Germany, asserted his dominance once again in the grueling event. Wellbrock crushed a time of 14:57.83 to represent the only swimmer under 15:00 tonight. His time was within range of Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri’s World Cup Record of 14:55.06 that’s been on the books for 4 years.

Wellbrock owns the German National Record in the 1500m in the 14:36.15 he registered at the 2018 European Championships. He came within a hair of that time in Gwangju, claiming gold in a mark of 14:36.54.

Yesterday’s 50m free winner and overall World Cup points standings leader for the men thus far, Vlad Morozov of Russia, found success in the 100m free tonight. Splitting 22.71/25.28, Morozov produced a winning effort of 47.99 to register the only sub-48 second time of the field.

His outing was enough to hold off teammate Vladislav Grinev who touched in 48.57, while Japan’s 200m free World Championships silver medalist Katsuhiro Matsumoto wrangled up 48.97 for bronze.

Grinev is the Russian National Record holder in this 100m free event, holding a lifetime best of 47.43 from this April’s Russian National Championships. He finished with the bronze in Gwangju with a final time of 47.82.

Additional Winners:

  • World Championships silver medalist this year in the women’s 50m fly, Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands, got her hand on the wall first tonight in the event in a time of 25.63. She owns a PB of 25.35 from Gwangju, but tonight’s outing still ranks within the top 10 performances of this Olympian’s career.
  • Hungary’s Bence Biczo led a trio of extremely close 200m fly times, without the reigning World Record holder Kristof Milak in the mix. Milak has said he will be backing off the 2fly in meets for a while, which left Biczo to take the gold tonight in 1:58.67. That time is just .02 ahead of runner-up Daniil Pakhomov of Russia, who collected silver in 1:58.69. Czech swimmer Sebastian Lunak rounded out the top 3 in 1:58.71.
  • Morozov doubled up on his 100m free win with a gold in the men’s 50m backstroke. His time of 24.70 represented the only time of the field to get under 25 seconds.
  • Russia’s Veronika Andrusenko got her hand on the wall first in the women’s 200m free, clocking 1:59.58.

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11 months ago

I guarantee gold in the 4 IM in 2020. Lol

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Reply to  Snarky
11 months ago

Yozhik will be so disappointed

11 months ago

I mean, is anyone really surprised?

11 months ago

MA needs to improve that freestyle badly

Reply to  Ytho
11 months ago

Especially since MA is a 50 guy and Rapsys is a mid distance freestyle, i dont think MA did that bad. I mean, u arent going to say that Seto sucks at free because Litherland almost completely caught up in the free WC. Also, Rapsys is more of a back half swimmer and even chased Yang down for the win before his DQ. Fraser-Holmes is also primarily an IMer and 2 free swimmer.

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Reply to  DBSwims
11 months ago

I don’t think that’s a fair comparison… 30.5 is pretty egregiously bad when you’re going 1:59.0. For context, the last 50 of Mireia Belmonte’s 400 IM was faster.

Reply to  DBSwims
11 months ago

You are right, but where did I say he sucks at free? His last 50 was like 30.5, which imo needs improvement, that’s all I stated. His free outside of a 50 looks odd to me, and the times also show that. It needs some work, but I’m sure they will figure it out.

I mean, back then the last 50 of my 200 IM was comparable to his, but with a PB 15+ secs slower.

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