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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4 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
4 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.

Reply to  Mambo
4 years ago

Luckily for her she has russian friends

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Rajon
4 years ago


Reply to  Rajon
4 years ago

who are you referring to?

Steve Nolan
4 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.

4 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

Reply to  nick
4 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.

Reply to  Anon
4 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
4 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

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