Swimming in the final of the women’s 100 IM on Friday at the 2015 European Short Course Championships, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu has broken her own World Record in the 100 short course meters IM.
Hosszu swam 56.67 to shave three hundredths of a second from her old record done at the 2014 World Short Course Championships.
Hosszu, whose best part of the IM is the opening 50 meters, was even more aggressive here than she was in her old record attempt, and that’s where the difference came.
- Old World Record: 26.17/30.53 – 56.70
- New World Record: 25.96/30.71 = 56.67
Last year at the World Championships, when Hosszu set the old record, she got a big push on the first 50 as the likes of Emily Seebohm and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor pushed her through the first lap. Here, though, Hosszu was swimming alone early, and while O’Connor made a push to catch up on the breaststroke, the gap was too big at the final touch.
Hosszu now owns the 10 fastest times in history in the 100 IM, including this week’s swims. The next-fastest swimmer is Alicia Coutts, who ties with Hosszu at 57.53 for the 11th-best performance of all-time. Hosszu has broken this specific world record 7 consecutive times since Hinkelien Schreuder was a 47.74 in 2009.
The event was Hosszu’s second gold medal on Friday; she won the 200 back in a Championship record of 1:59.84 just 59 minutes before breaking this record. Hosszu still holds 6 World Records.