Katinka Hosszu Breaks CR, Wins 400 IM in Front of Adoring Budapest Crowd (Race Video)


Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu became the first woman to win the 400-meter individual medley on her home turf on Sunday. She crushed the field and lowered her own Championship Record by nearly a full second with a 4:29.33 wire-to-wire win in front of an adoring public in Budapest. The home crowd had the opportunity to watch the fourth-fastest 400 IM in history, and they loved every second of it.

Spain’s Mireia Belmonte (4:32.17) and Sydney Pickrem of Canada (4:32.88) came from behind to take second and third, respectively.

Watch the entire race, courtesy of NBC Sports, below:

Write-up from Karl Ortegon:


  • World Record: Katinka Hosszu, 4:26.36, 2016
  • Championship Record: Katinka Hosszu, 4:30.31, 2015
  • Junior World Record: Rosie Rudin, 4:39.01, 2015
  1. Katinka Hosszu, Hungary, 4:29.33
  2. Mireia Belmonte, Spain, 4:32.17
  3. Sydney Pickrem, Canada, 4:32.88

Katinka Hosszu won another gold tonight, posting a 4:29.33 for the 400 IM win. She adds that to her gold from the 200 IM final, and becomes the first woman to win a WC gold in her home country.

Mireia Belmonte of Spain picked up the silver, adding to her medal haul this week, with Canada’s Sydney Pickrem touching right behind the Spaniard for bronze, coming back strong after a rough 200 IM. Yui Ohashi did not have the 400 IM that we expected after her stellar 200 IM, her 4:34.50 in for 4th place.


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5 years ago

Katinka you are so amazing may God give you strength to continue doing what you know best# go IRON LADY you are a star.

5 years ago

When this championships was spectacular in terms of strong competition and a rain of records (national, championships, continental, world) the W400IM event was the most unimpressive where every finalist with the only one exception was well behind personal best.

Reply to  Prickle
5 years ago

Is that you Craig?

Reply to  Riez
5 years ago

Our Mr. Lord.

Reply to  Prickle
5 years ago

CR, isn’t it? BTW YB for 5 girls.

5 years ago

Fantastic swimmer, amazing achievements. Am undecided re. Breast turn in 400 IM, happy to be accused of poor eyesight…..however, did she execute two very clear butterfly kicks underwater?

Richard Sports Assassin Stevens
5 years ago

Hosszu is an Iron Lady we I can happily admire and respect. Talk about elation!! The tale of Sydney Pickrem is initially amazing in that she stopped in the 200IM due to ‘choking on water’….hmmm…she showed strength and enervy to haul herself to a fantastic silver medal. Tactics talk time….? Whatever, apart from her name being worth a medal alone, she’s had a WC to fondly remember.

Reply to  Richard Sports Assassin Stevens
5 years ago

Why tf would she choke on water on purpose? She came back strong on the 400 im so kudos to her.

5 years ago

Too bad we cannot see it in Hungary….

5 years ago

Go Katka go!!!!!

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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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