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

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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?

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.

Is that you Craig?

Our Mr. Lord.

CR, isn’t it? BTW YB for 5 girls.

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

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