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