Katinka Hosszu Entered in 5 Events for 2016 Olympic Games

Hungarian superstar Katinka Hosszu has entered 5 individual events for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games that begin on August 6th, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

While she’s taken on some big schedules in the past, for the Olympics, even with 5 events, her lineup is relatively tame. She’s entered in the 100/200 back, the 200 fly, the 200 IM, and the 400 IM.

That means she won’t swim the 100 fly (which is not a big surprise) or the 200 free (which is a bigger surprise). That 200 free is the one event she’ll knock from her list of those that she raced at last summer’s World Championships. There, Hosszu placed 5th overall in the final, and also ranks 5th in the world so far this year (faster than she was at Worlds).

This year, however, with Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom returning to the 200 free, and American Katie Ledecky and Italian Federica Pellegrini swimming well, podium spots have become even harder to come by. That, combined with a potential triple on day 3 of the Olympic schedule with the 100 back final and the 200 IM semi-final, forced Hosszu to make a choice, and that choice was dropping the 200 free.

Hosszu will instead focus her efforts on the other 5 events, including the 100 back. At the World Championships last year, Hosszu was the fastest swimmer in the prelims of the 100 back, but scratched the semi-final of the race.

Despite earning 9 long course World Championship medals in her career and holding more World Records (6) than any other woman in the world, Hosszu has still never won an Olympic medal.

Relay entries still haven’t been fully released yet, but there is a chance that Hosszu will add an 800 free relay swim to her 5 individual event lineup.

Hosszu’s day-by-day schedule:

  • Day 1: AM: Prelims 400 IM, PM: Finals 400 IM
  • Day 2: AM: Prelims 100 back, PM: Semis 100 back
  • Day 3: AM: Prelims 200 IM, PM: Finals 100 back, Semis 200 IM
  • Day 4: AM: Prelims 200 fly, PM: Semis 200 fly,  Finals 200 IM
  • Day 5: AM: Off, PM: Finals 200 fly, Possible Finals 800 free relay
  • Day 6: AM: Prelims 200 back, PM: Semis 200 back
  • Day 7: AM: Off, PM: Finals 200 back
  • Day 8: AM: Off, PM: Off

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Mambo
5 years ago

It would probably be prudent to drop the 200 fly as well to focus on 200 IM, but if anyone can pull off that double it is Katinka. I remember those crazy 2-day meets she entered where she swam almost every event and swam better and better as the meet went on. Just insane! I think a tough double might just work in her favour.

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Mambo
5 years ago

Hosszu is so far ahead of anyone else in 200 IM that she can afford not to be at her 100% to win it.
200 fly semi and 200 IM final are separated with
Women’s 200m Freestyle: victory ceremony
Men’s 200m Breaststroke: semi-finals
Men’s 200m Butterfly: victory ceremony
So that’s probably half hour.

Rajon
Reply to  Mambo
5 years ago

Luckily for her she has russian friends

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Rajon
5 years ago

Touche!

swimmer
Reply to  Rajon
5 years ago

who are you referring to?

Steve Nolan
5 years ago

Not so bad. The semi of the 2 fly right before the final of the 2 IM is the only potential snag spot, everything else is set up pretty well.

nick
5 years ago

it will be hard to medal in 200m fly for her, or even final
despite the lack of super times in this event this year there are many girls as fast as Katinka who will have less events to swim
she is ranked only 9th in 200m butterfly

Anon
Reply to  nick
5 years ago

Her best time would be seeded 1st in the 200 fly.

If she doesn’t scratch it she will make the final for sure.

Nick
Reply to  Anon
5 years ago

She won’t be seeded first with PB 2:05.51 from 2013 and SB 2:07
In 2014 and 2015 she also swam ‘only’ 2:07
Other swimmers have one/two events to swim (excepting Belmonte), they will be fresh and motivated for semifinals of 200m fly
Since Hosszu started her road to Rio with Shane Tusup she hasn’t improved her butterfly, she is the greatest IMer in the world, excelnet backstroker and just good flyer

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Anon
5 years ago

If we’re going to rank Rio w200 flyers based on their PB, here’s how it would look like:
1. Natsumi Hoshi
2. Belmonte
3. Hentke
4. Groves
5. Hosszu

Hosszu PB 2:05.59

2016
5 years ago

Day 4 looks rough but I hope she achieves success!! I’ve noticed she and Sjostrom always u dear preform at the Olympics but excel at the World Championships I hope they do great though

thomaslurzfan
Reply to  2016
5 years ago

Always? I dont think its fair to say that Hosszu underperformed at 2004/2008 olympics, no one expected her to medal.
You might be right about 2012 olympics, i dont remember her entry times.
Sjöstrom was 14 at 2008 olympic games, i dont think that its fair to say that she underperformed back then.
You might be right about 2012 olympics, it was pretty disappointing that she didnt medal in the 100 fly, but (as far as i remeber) she wasnt considered a medal contender in any other event?
I think you are wrong about Sjöstrom, she only underperformed one out of two times (in my opinion) and thats not ALWAYS.
You might have more of… Read more »

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  thomaslurzfan
5 years ago

Sarah was the second seed in 100 free in London. She swam textile record of 53.0 in December 2011 before being broken by Ranomi’s 52.75 in early 2012. Sarah also swam a series of 53.3 in the months leading to London.
100 free bronze was won by Tang Yi in 53.44

She finished fourth in 200 free in 2011 Shanghai and swam 1:55.2 in March 2012.
200 free bronze was won by Bronte Barratt in 1:55.71

So yes, Sarah was medal contender in 100/200 free and 100 fly in 2012 London.

thomaslurzfan
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

Good research, but that doesnt really change anything. Did she disappoint at 2008 olympics? If not (and thats my opinion), then you cant say that she always disappoints, so “2016” still doesnt have a point. Would be more interesting to know Hosszu’s entry times at 2004/2008/2012 olympics, was she considered a medal contender in at least one event at all olympics? If not, then you cant say that she always disappoints at olympics.

Track
5 years ago

butterfly used to be Katinka’s thing besides the IM, but she has developed more into a backstroker.

dude
Reply to  Track
5 years ago

It must be that killer coaching by Shane Tusup.

Peter
5 years ago

I think if Katinka wins the 400 IM, she might scratch the 200 fly as she already has the elusive gold medal. Conversely, she might choose to swim it because she feels good and thinks the double os no problem for her

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Peter
5 years ago

It doesn’t make sense.
Why would she scratch 200 fly if she already wins 400 IM?
On the opposite, she MIGHT scratch 200 fly only if she does NOT win 400 IM to focus energy on 200 IM. If she already wins the 400 IM gold, why not go all the way and try to win medal in all 5 events.

Iasmin
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

Yes, if she Wins the 400 IM she can Risk almost anything later.

Bob
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

If she swims bad at the beginning her whole meet will be bad.

Mark
Reply to  Peter
5 years ago

I think it’d be the exact opposite. If she loses the 400IM, she might scratch the 200 fly to make sure she can win the 200 IM.

thomaslurzfan
5 years ago

I dont see a medal chance for her in the 200 fly and for sure no gold medal chance. I hoped that she would drop 200 fly and maybe also 200 back, in those 2 events she doesnt have a gold medal chance and only a pretty small chance for a medal. I think its great for her that womens 400 IM takes place on the first day. On paper she should win 200/400 IM gold medals, but it will be much more difficult for her to win the 400 IM gold and if this event wouldve taken place on one of the last two days, then Belmonte or Dirado probably wouldve had a much better chance to beat her.… Read more »

Nick
Reply to  thomaslurzfan
5 years ago

She does has a gold medal chance in 200m backstroke, who else is able to swim 2:06 in the middle of hard training?
She can go 2:05 fully tapered and that may be enough for gold

Hswimmer
Reply to  Nick
5 years ago

I say she goes wild and goes 2:03.9 to take Missy off the books.

thomaslurzfan
Reply to  Nick
5 years ago

Yeah, we will see, i will remember your comment. I think at least 1 out of the 2 australian girls and Ustinova will finish ahead of her and i dont see a reason to think that she can beat Seebohm.

Nick
Reply to  thomaslurzfan
5 years ago

2:06.92 Ustinova
2:05.81 Seebohm
2:06.06 Hocking
2:06.18 Hosszu
When you look at the personal best you can’t point a clear favourite and…
It’s very possible that Hosszu will drop some time for winning gold medal, she has made big improvements in backstroke since last year

robbos
Reply to  Nick
5 years ago

I see Seebohm with the potential to most drop time in the 200 back. Seebohm to win 100/200 double like in Kazan.

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  thomaslurzfan
5 years ago

So she should drop events where she doesn’t have gold medal chance?
That’s very Bobo-ish.

Aside from that, here’s the facts:
1. 200m back will be on Day 6 and 7 (final). All her other events will have been completed on Day 5. Why should she drop it?
2. She is the reigning world championships bronze medalist in 200 back and reigning world SC champion in the event. She also holds 200 back SCM WR. Why should she drop it?

thomaslurzfan
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

Please read my whole comment before replying. I said that she can win 200 IM without being at 100%, so she could as well try to win as many minor medals as possible.
Maybe i should have phrased it better, i didnt know that the 400 IM takes place on the first day when i said that i hoped that she would drop 200 fly and 100/200 back. With the way the schedule is, she can fully concentrate on the 400 IM on day 1 and then she could swim as many events as she likes, because she should 200 IM anyway.
About 1): You are right and thats what i said “towards the end” of my comment.… Read more »

Mark
Reply to  thomaslurzfan
5 years ago

she won bronze in 200 back in Kazan. Missy, who won silver, is even slower this yr. Seebohm, who won gold, couldn’t even win gold in national trial (2.06 high.) Hosszu can win gold in Rio if she has the swim of her life.

thomaslurzfan
Reply to  Mark
5 years ago

I dont know where to start …
Missy might be out of the medal race, but Ustinova and Hocking have become clearly faster. Are you sure that Seebohm was fully tapered at nationals, knowing that she would make the team without being at 100%?
So Seebohm wont beat her, because she was beaten by Hocking? Thats one of the weirdest arguments i ever read …
Maybe Seebohm and Hocking will both finish ahead of Hosszu, ever thought about that?
I think you could earn some money by predicting to win gold in the 200 back, just do it!
The “swimmer X can win gold if he/she has the swim of his/her life” argument is about… Read more »

Hswimmer
Reply to  thomaslurzfan
5 years ago

Do we even know if missy was tapered? I remember a press conference before trials and said she wasn’t going to be fully rested.

Zika Ziki
Reply to  Hswimmer
5 years ago

Really? This is news to me.

Captain Awesome
Reply to  Hswimmer
5 years ago

That’s just wishful thinking.

robbos
Reply to  Hswimmer
5 years ago

MMMMMM!!! Extremely wishful thinking.

Carlo
5 years ago

I think she should drop the 200fly.

I wanted her to swim the 200im/400im, 100 bac and 200 back and then drop the 200 free. She dropped the 200 free but then added the 200 fly.

I don’t know why she likes to swim so many events. Maybe she wants to pull a Phelps but Phelps had 3 relays to bump his gold medal count. Hungary doesn’t have any good relay teams (both male and female) so she ain’t gonna be getting 21 gold medals.

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Carlo
5 years ago

She wants to be the most successful Hungarian swimmer in a single Olympics. This means she had to upstage Egerszegi’s 1992 Olympics: 3 golds.

Bob
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

Not happening.

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