Katinka Hosszu Breaks World Record in 200 SCM IM

Who more appropriate to break the first World Record of the 2013 FINA World Cup Series, which has high expectations coming just after the World Championships, than the reigning World Cup queen Katinka Hosszu.

Taking advantage of its early placement in the schedule, before embarking on an 11-events-in-2-days journey, Hosszu swam a 2:04.39 to break both the World Cup Record and the World Record in the women’s 200 short course meter IM on Wednesday in prelims, and position herself as the early favorite to once again dominate this series.

That broke the old World Record set by American Julia Smit in the waning days of the 2009 polyurethane suit era; Smit was a 2:04.60 at the 2009 Duel in the Pool in Manchester. The old World Cup Record was held by Evelyn Verraszto with a 2:06.01, also from 2009.

That World Record for Hosszu will net her an early $10,000 bonus, in addition to the $1,500 that it looks as though she is due to win for the event, and 10 bonus points toward a chance at the $40,000 European cluster prize.

The comparative splits to the old World Record:

Hosszu ’13 Smit ’09
27.09 27.22
31.28 31.38
36.50 35.94
29.52 29.96
2:04.39 2:04.60

Full women’s 200 IM prelims results available here.

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7 years ago

Can we get an article explaining the scoring/prize money format of the World Cup series?

Reply to  Tea
7 years ago

It is explained in this document from FINA. Prize money and points are awarded for top 3 in each event. Points are awarded for best performances at the meet and any WR. Top point earners during each cluster of meets (August, October, November) gets prize money. Top point earners for the series get prize money.


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7 years ago

I think u can watch the live stream from FINA here

Reply to  EmilyR
7 years ago
Reply to  EmilyR
7 years ago

Yes, EmilyR.

The youtube link shows probably the both preliminaries and finals but FINA TV will webcast the finals only. Last year FINA TV had english-speaking commentators who made pretty good job, methinks. I don’t know how it’s going to be this year.

7 years ago

There is a video on http://www.worldcupeindhoven.com/ too

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