Swimswam coverage of women’s 400 IM at the 2013 FINA World Championships reported by Jeff Grace:
Hungarian Katinka Hosszu has been a racing machine all year, preparing herself for the challenges that she knew she would face at the World Championships in Barcelona. The change in preparation has worked as Hosszu came away with a victory in the 200 IM on the second day of the competition and had more than enough gas left in the tank to win the 400 IM on the final day.
Just as she did in the 200 IM Hosszu lead the race from start to finish winning the event in a time of 4:30.41. Her time is a lifetime best by over two seconds improving her time of 4:32.83 from 2012.
At the world short course championships in Istanbul in December the Hungarian was defeated by bothHannah Miley of Great Britain and Ye Shiwen of China, today she got her revenge as neither woman present the slightest of challenges.
After winning a bronze in the 200 IM Mireia Belmonte Garcia continued to achieve success on home soil edging out American Elizabeth Beisel for the silver.
Going into the final 100 meters Beisel had just over a half second lead over Belmonte Garcia, but the Spaniard was able to overtake the American in the final 100 meters taking the silver in a time of 4:31.21.
Beisel the reigning world champion in the event finished third in a time of 4:31.69. Beisel, who has appeared to battling injuries at times in the season had a bit of a down year by her standards, but was able to make significant improvements between US Trials and Barcelona, something she was able to do in 2011 as well.
Beisel’s American teammate Mya Dirado finished fourth in a time of 4:32.70. Dirado posted a lifetime best to win the US Trials in a time of 4:34.34, dropping three seconds from her previous best of 4:37.88.
Hannah Miley of Great Britain who has looked great since the Olympics winning the world short course championships and coming into Barcelona with the world’s top time finished fifth in a time of 4:34.16.
Hungarian Zsuzsanna Jakabos finished sixth in a time of 4:34.50.
In an absolutely shocking result Olympic champion Ye Shiwen finished seventh in a time of 4:38.51 followed by Miyu Otsuka of Japan who finished eighth in a time of 4:39.21.