Katinka Hosszu broke yet another meet record on Thursday morning as she set a new standard in the 100 IM at 56.99. This annihilated her previous record of 58.49 from the 2012 World Championships in Istanbul.
Comparative splits were as follows:
2012 – Hosszu – 26.81, 58.49 (31.68)
2014 – Hosszu – 26.22, 56.99 (30.77)
Hosszu is also right off her own world record of 56.86 from earlier this year at the Dubai stop of the World Cup circuit. Hosszu was actually out faster this morning than she was back in September, so this may be an indicator of what the Hungarian has in store for the subsequent heats.
In the 400 IM last night, Hosszu lost the world record and event title to Mireia Belmonte Garcia of Spain despite Hosszu swimming to a new meet record in the preliminary session. This may be the fuel for Hosszu’s remaining swims over the next four days. As has been mentioned in previous posts, Hosszu is competing in 10 events at these championships, so her endurance will need to be there as it has in the past if she wants to attack any more world records in the forthcoming days. She has been very good in her morning swims so far, and since today was actually one of her lightest days with only one prelim swim, we may have gotten ag limpse of what form she is in when she’s completely fresh.
The United States men took down a 10 year-old record in the 4×50 medley relay as Matt Grevers, Bradley Craig, Tom Shields, and Josh Schneider took down an old American record set by Texas in 2004 with a 1:33.25. That relay contained some very familiar and also very legendary names as Aaron Peirsol, Brendan Hansen, Ian Crocker, and Garrett-Weber Gale had posted a 1:34.58 at the NCAA Div. 1 Champs in Longmeadow that year.
Comparative splits are as follows:
2004 – Texas Longhorns – Peirsol (24.34), Hansen (26.59), Crocker (21.81), Weber-Gale (21.84) – 1:34.59
2014 – United States – Grevers (23.37), Craig (26.46), Shields (22.29), Schneider (21.13) – 1:33.25
In fact, the United States joined 3 other teams in breaking the old world record of 1:33.65 by Italy back in December of 2013. Russia set a new World Record this morning at 1:32.78, while France (1:33.10), the United States (1:33.25), and Brazil followed in a 1:33.48.
In all likelihood, the record will be crushed again tonight as many teams used reserves or non-optimal lineups for the morning swim.