Katinka Hosszu Keeps On Trucking With SCM 200 Breast Hungarian Record


The Iron Lady was at it again on day 3 of the 2019 Hungarian Open Short Course Championships, reaping 3 additional golds to bring her haul to a total of 9 with just 1 more day of competition.

Her first victim in Kaposvár this evening was the 400m IM where the 30-year-old Olympian captured the top prize in a mark of 4:33.77 to win by over 4 seconds. It turns out this swim was just a warm-up for her big-time push in the 200m breast, where the 30-year-old established a new national record en route to gold.

Entering these Championships, Hosszu’s lifetime best and Hungarian national record in the SCM 200 breast rested at the 2:21.81 she logged in 2016. Splits for that outing included 1:08.23/1:13.58.

Flash forward to tonight, and Hosszu opened in a swift 1:07.91 and closed in 1:12.72 to put up 2:20.63, the fastest time of her prolific career. For perspective, this non-breaststroke specialist’s new Hungarian national record would have placed 6th at this year’s European Short Course Championships.

With energy still left in the tank, Hosszu closed her session with a win in the 200m back, an event in which she opted out of in Glasgow in favor of her bread-and-butter IM events and the butterfly races. Tonight, Hosszu snagged the top prize in 2:03.55 to comfortably finish ahead of the next closest competitor Katalin Burian and her silver medal-worthy 2:05.29.

Additional Winners:

  • David Verraszto got it done for gold in the men’s 400m IM, stopping the clock in 4:04.66 to win by over a second.
  • David Horvath found success in the men’s 200m breast, producing a winning mark of 2:05.33.
  • The men’s 100m free saw a stacked field including Nandor Nemeth, Maksim Lobanovskij and Kristof MilakThe trio finished in that order when all was said and done, although only Nemeth got under the 47-second threshold in 46.97. That’s just .06 off his PB of 46.91 from Glasgow. Lobanovskij took silver in 47.16 with LCM 200 fly World Record holder Milak rounding out the top 3 in 47.22.
  • Evelyn Verraszto took the 100m free national title in 53.99, just out-touching runner-up Fanni Gyurinovics who finished .01 later in 54.00.
  • The men’s 200m back winner tonight was Adam Telegdy, who got to the wall in 1:50.93 to get the edge on the 100m back victor here, Richard Bohus (1:51.03).

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Ol' Longhorn
2 years ago


2 years ago

Quality competitions today. Top 5 of men’s 100F would have qualify as top 11 for last week’s European SF, top 3 of men’s 400IM would have been finalists last week, Szabó-Feltóthy also improved her 400IM time to top 8 worthy for last week. Horváth improved his time to almost finalist time in men’s 200BR, Telegdy’s and Bohus’s time would have been 5th last week. Jakabos’s 100FR time as the first member of the relay is an almost finalist time (women’s 100FR is far from being a Hungarian event nowadays). Hosszú is mentioned in the article, but also Békési’s age record would have been 9th at the Europeans.

Tea rex
2 years ago


Reply to  Tea rex
2 years ago

Are you sure it is appropriate language speaking about lady, no matter what she is made of. On the other hand why should I distrust your judgement. 😀

Reply to  Yozhik
2 years ago

Fake outrage

2 years ago

Assuming she didn’t go 4:33.77 in the 400 free since that’s not even a good 400 IM scm time for her.

Also assuming Verraszto didn’t go 4:04.66 in the 400 free either since, again, that looks suspiciously like an IM time done by an IMer.

Reply to  swimmerswammer
2 years ago

That’s correct. The warm up swim was a 400IM.

Reply to  swimmerswammer
2 years ago

I was going to say, I think I could probably do a 4:33 free if I went to masters just a little more regularly.

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