FINA WORLD CUP – BERLIN
- Tuesday, August 30 – Wednesday, August 31, 2016
- Berlin, Germany – Schwimm- und Sprunghalle im Europa-Sportpark
- Short Course – 25 m
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Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu now is the owner of the 10 fastest 100 short course meter IMs in history, putting her into a transcendent category with only one other active swimmer.
Hosszu’s 57.12 in the finals of the women’s 100 IM on Wednesday in Berlin, Germany is the 5th-best time in the history of the event. That bumps Australian Alicia Coutts, who was about three-months too late on her best swim to ever hold the World Record, into just a tie for the 11th-fastest performance in history.
The new top 12:
- Katinka Hosszu, 56.67, 2015 European Short Course Championships
- Katinka Hosszu, 56.70, 2014 Short Course World Championships
- Katinka Hosszu, 56.86, 2014 FINA World Cup – Dubai
- Katinka Hosszu, 56.99, 2014 Short Course World Championships
- Katinka Hosszu, 57.12, 2016 FINA World Cup – Berlin
- Katinka Hosszu, 57.25, 2014 FINA World Cup – Doha
- Katinka Hosszu, 57.34, 2014 FINA World Cup – Doha
- Katinka Hosszu, 57.45, 2013 FINA World Cup – Berlin
- Katinka Hosszu 57.50, 2013 FINA World Cup – Eindhoven
- Katinka Hosszu, 57.52, 2015 European Short Course Championships
- TIE – Katinka Hosszu/Alicia Coutts, 57.53, 2013 FINA World Cup Tokyo (same race)
According to our research, only one other swimmer currently can claim the 10 fastest performances in history: American Katie Ledecky in the event that got her started internationally: the 800 long course meter free. Ledecky actually has the 13 fastest performances in the history of that event, but with still 7 stops of this year’s World Cup Series to go, Hosszu is within reach of that (though her finals swim in Berlin was the first in 4 to crack the top 10 in this year’s series).
While it would be a nearly impossible to try and capture how often this has been done historically, it speaks to the level of domination of these two that they’re the only ones who have done it at all. Even when they both have events in which they’ve obliterated World Records (Hosszu in the 400 IM, Ledecky in the 400 free), these are the only two in which they’ve accomplished the feat.
Ledecky’s is clearly the more impressive of the two, as an Olympic event, but to be better so many times in a single event cannot be discounted regardless of the circumstances.
Other active swimmers of note:
- Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom has 9 out of the 10 fastest swims in history in both the 50 and 100 meter butterflies. If she can clear Dana Vollmer’s former 100 fly World Record of 55.98 two more times, she’d clear the deck in that race; her countrymate Therese Alshammar’s 25.07 in the 50 long course fly sits at #7 in that race.
- After the three fastest swims in history at the Olympics earlier this month, Adam Peaty now has the 7 fastest 100 breaststrokes in history (and 8 of 10). Cameron van der Burgh’s 58.46 from the London Olympics is the target there. He only technically has the two fastest 50 long course meter breaststrokes in history, but given that he was the 3rd-best performance ever in that event on the front-half of his 100 World Record in London, there’s a chance that he clears that list in a hurry if nobody starts to close that gap.
- Caeleb Dressel swam the 6 best 50 yard freestyles in histoory over just a 5 week period this spring. If he can repeat his feat, and go under Cesar Cielo’s 18.47 as many times next year, he’d join the club as well.
- As for THE man, Michael Phelps? His best in a single event is just the 4-fastest performances in history, which come in the 200 long course meter fly. That stat, as much as any, highlights the underrated accomplishments of Ryan Lochte and Laszlo Cseh during that period, who in another era could have put up Phelpsian medal counts of their own.
Sjostrom has 9 of 10 in 50 and 100 fly
Peaty has 7 in 100 breast
Phelps has 4 in 200 fly