Katinka Hosszu Becomes the Most Decorated Female Swimmer in Euro Champs History

2021 LEN EUROPEAN AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu further cemented her legacy on Thursday at the European Aquatics Championships by taking a silver medal in the women’s 200 meter butterfly final.

That swim gives her 23 total European Aquatics Championships medals, which ties her with Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom as the most ever won at the meet. With 15 gold medals, ahead of Sjostrom’s 14, Hosszu is now the most-decorated swimmer ever at these championships, and she still has the 200 IM to come. Hosszu has won the last 5 European Championships gold medals in that 200 IM, and is the top seed in the event by over two seconds, so she will likely break her tie with Sjostrom for the most medals during that event.

Hosszu’s first European long course medal came at the 2008 European Championships, when she was just 18 years old, and won silver in the 400 IM. From there, her career took off, and she has won at least 1 gold medal at each European Championship since.

All-Time European Aquatics Championship Medals (LCM):

2008

  • Silver – 400 IM

2010

  • Gold – 200 fly
  • Gold – 200 IM
  • Gold – 800 free relay
  • Silver – 400 IM

2012

  • Gold – 200 fly
  • Gold – 200 IM
  • Gold – 400 IM
  • Silver – 800 free relay

2014

  • Gold – 100 back
  • Gold – 200 IM
  • Gold – 400 IM
  • Silver – 200 free
  • Bronze – 200 fly

2016

  • Gold – 200 back
  • Gold – 200 IM
  • Gold – 400 IM
  • Gold – 800 free relay
  • Silver – 100 back

2018 

  • Gold – 200 IM

2020

  • Gold – 400 IM
  • Silver – 200 fly

Hosszu has another 26 medals at the European Short Course Championships, including 20 gold – which makes for a grand total of 35 career European Championships so far. Her Short Course podium career began in 2004 at 15, though it would take 8 years, until 2012, for her to win another.

Also among Hosszu’s resume are 9 World Championships and 3 Olympic gold medals from Rio in 2016.

Alexander Popov leads all male individual medalists with 26, while Hosszu’s countrymate Laszlo Cseh, also racing at this meet but who so far doesn’t have any medals, also has 23 European medals in long course.

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Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
4 months ago

Hosszu is second on the list for individual female gold medalists (9) at the FINA World Aquatics Championships.

Last edited 4 months ago by Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
John
4 months ago

….despite Yozhik’s misgivings!

Great job Iron Lady!

Yozhik
Reply to  John
4 months ago

I’m so disappointed : no iron mask, just a piece of old cloth. 😀
Pellegrini was also the second today and much closer to the gold medal than “iron” …. and nobody get that much excited despite the honor she deserves indisputably. But Hosszu,oh yeah! The greatest of the greatest with her kilos of worthless medals and cheap prize money won against below “B” level swimmers.
Is it the truth that you forgot about her and wanted me to repeat for you? Then take it. For free. I’m in the good mood today 😀
And I agree with Ol’ long horn – the legend 😀 No need to say it again. Save your breath.

John
Reply to  Yozhik
4 months ago

hook… line and sinker

Last edited 4 months ago by John
Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  John
4 months ago

LOL!

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
4 months ago

Popov with 26 medals despite only racing two individual events!!

Tollie
4 months ago

Shows you just how uncompetitive the Euro champs meets are.

sggs
Reply to  Tollie
4 months ago

I agree, similar to how phelps showed that the olympics are a joke!

sggs
Reply to  sggs
3 months ago

the amount of people that dont understand sarcasm…

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Tollie
4 months ago

if only she actually did something of note at a global level

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