Katinka Hosszu Shatters Infamous Ye Shiwen 400 IM WR

2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES

After a 4:28.58 in prelims, the second-fastest 400 meter IM in history, Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu has obliterated the World Record in Saturday evening’s finals. The swim is Hosszu’s first career Olympic medal.

Hosszu at one point was over 5 seconds ahead of the World Record pace, and while the infamous Ye Shiwen closing pace was still three seconds better than Hosszu closed, the Hungarian still finished in 4:26.36 – breaking the World Record by more than two seconds. The old mark was a 4:28.43 done by Ye at the 2012 Olympics. This marks 4 out of the last 5 Olympics in which this World Record has been broken.

Hosszu stayed calm on the butterfly, as she does in this race, but from there on this race was between her and the World Record line, and the World Record line didn’t have a chance. Breaking a World Record by 2 seconds is almost unheard-of in the modern era, on the level of Katie Ledecky in the distance freestyles.

Comparative Splits:

  • Ye 1:02.19, Hosszu (AM) 1:01.28, Hosszu (PM) 1:00.91
  • Ye 1:09.54, Hosszu (AM) 1:08.08, Hosszu (PM) 1:07.48
  • Ye 1:18.02, Hosszu (AM) 1:17.14, Hosszu (PM) 1:16.11
  • Ye 58.68, Hosszu (AM) 1:02.07, Hosszu (PM) 1:01.86

Hosszu versus the Record:

  • 1:00.91 – 1.28 under
  • 2:08.39 – 3.34 under
  • 3:24.50 – 5.25 under
  • 4:26.36 – 2.07 under

This marks the second swimming World Record of the 2016 Olympic Games. As Ye’s swim was also the old Olympic Record, Hosszu got that as well, plus breaking her own Hungarian and European Records from prelims.

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NotSurprised
5 years ago

Hosszu showed no fatigue after that… Something doesn’t look good and smells bad.

Ken
Reply to  NotSurprised
5 years ago

Agreed. Funny how she swam better after her husband became her coach. Anyone remember Angel Myers or Michelle Smith? Both of them got faster after their men became their coaches…

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Ken
5 years ago

Aye, Michelle Smith was a great swimmer indeed.

Meeee
Reply to  Ken
5 years ago

Myers coached by a man but the same one all her life….her father. Highly speculated that Dara Torres spiked her drink or sample

Barry
Reply to  Ken
5 years ago

Both of them swam at USC, under Dave Salo.

Barry
Reply to  Barry
5 years ago

“The one thing I will say is that history in our sport will tell you that every time we see something, and I will put quotation marks around this, ‘unbelievable’, history shows us that it turns out later on there was doping involved. […] Any time someone has looked like superwoman in the history of our sport they have later been found guilty of doping” – John Leonard

Ryan Broshears
Reply to  Ken
4 years ago

Angel Myers came out of Americans program-they trained in a 17 yd pool for several years. Angel and her brother Jamie were natural swimmers- fast sprinters- I saw them every year 2x a year at their invitational and state. Angel went from slight but strong to an absolute beast- not just her body but her facial seemed to swell. We had another swimmer from our team go there and in a year she had the same result.

Cheatinvlad
Reply to  NotSurprised
5 years ago

Agree,i just hope she’s clean.

Ervin
Reply to  NotSurprised
5 years ago

Come on guys. International swimmers and fans probably said the same thing about Phelps in 08 and Ledecky now. Congrats Katinka on an Amazing swim

Kangaroot
Reply to  Ervin
5 years ago

No one questioned Phelps to the same extent as Ye’s swim at London.

Steve McGlamery
Reply to  Kangaroot
5 years ago

Yes, why is that? Perhaps because Phelps is American and Ye is Cinese? Huh? Maybe? You think?

Ryan Broshears
Reply to  Steve McGlamery
4 years ago

No- Chinese had no international swim program pre 90s until they got the former GDR coach-if you’re not familiar w that history then you know too little to comment. Shortly after the Chinese women burst on the scene smashing WRs and winning relays-a sign of depth-unusual in a burgeoning program. The Chinese were then hit w over 30 doping sanctions far more sufficient than required to suspect institutionalized doping. If they have a history of institutionalized doping what has changed? Not the govt. Chinese officials were caught in Beijing altering birth records to allow gymnasts who were too young to compete. US swimming has a history of clean swimmers that is strong enough to root out cheats from within-i.e. it… Read more »

PVSFree
Reply to  NotSurprised
5 years ago

It was probably just adrenaline. I can’t even imagine what it’d be like to demolish a world record en route to Olympic gold

Christie Pitter
Reply to  NotSurprised
5 years ago

Her pupils looked dialated after race and her attitude was not even close to humble…….she almost seemed arrogant and brash……something just seems off about the whole thing. Something stinks in this instance, BIG time. Are there any drug tests after a race and if there aren’t maybe there should be

HulkSwim
5 years ago

Ye Shiwen… SMASH

Seriously
5 years ago

Words can not describe how glad I am to see that record fall.

Blahblah
Reply to  Seriously
5 years ago

Lol you think this new record is any less shady ? Lol

Brownish
Reply to  Blahblah
5 years ago

Yellow 🙂

25METER_IM
Reply to  Seriously
5 years ago

^ …except for the words in your post?

X Glide
5 years ago

What was so infamous about aye Shiwen’s World Record?

Lauren Neidigh
Reply to  X Glide
5 years ago

The insane last 100 I would think.

ASEXPECTED
Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
5 years ago

Hypocrites.. all of you

Reply to  ASEXPECTED
5 years ago

That wasn’t me expressing my opinion on her one way or the other…

X Glide
Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
5 years ago

I know because of all the athletes getting caught doping recently, we are inclined to think that anything out of the world that any athlete does is with the help of PED’s. However, I think it is unfair to label Ye’s performance as “infamous”, and make the generalization that she was doping when she has never tested positive for any PED’s. After all, crazy things are bound to occur. Katinka can swim 5-6 per session at meets that will allow her to do so. Katie Ledecky utterly dominates all of her competitors in the distance freestyle events. Michael Phelps won eight golds in Beijing.

swammer
Reply to  X Glide
5 years ago

She wasn’t american

Eva
5 years ago

Great swim Katinka !Congrats !

watchingswim
5 years ago

What’s her husband compete in?

Cheatinvlad
Reply to  watchingswim
5 years ago

He might be slipping the stuff into her food.

henry11
5 years ago

Yeah… If Shiwen’s record was infamous, then what the heck is that? Hosszu regularly swam 4:30 and you could see her really struggling to go under that mark. And then, at the age of 27, out of the blue within a few months she’s improved by almost 4 sec? If you find Shiwen’s result suspicious and this not, then you’re hypocrites.

ONEHANDTOUCH
Reply to  henry11
5 years ago

I see where you’re coming from, but consider many other swimmers who swim nearly the same way. Adrian consistency in season 50 free. Peaty 59+ and then two 57+ in one day. Even Ledecky, though younger, with her caliber schedule? Using your logic we may as well label every swimmer dropping time as dopers. I may even dope myself if it will help me in the comment sections here.

Muckabout
Reply to  ONEHANDTOUCH
5 years ago

Not 2 seconds off an already highly questionable WR and beat the field by just under 5 seconds.

One has to expect speculation when you do that. It is unfortunate but also what we’ve all been trained to do now. I saw Marita Koch set a running 400m WR of 47.60. It was dodgy. Never failed a test though and it stands.

As a sports fan I hope its clean and she’s just exceptional. I am just cynical as a long-time watcher of drugs in sport.

Brownish
Reply to  henry11
5 years ago

You too, body.

BADSWIMMER
Reply to  henry11
5 years ago

There is a clear difference between the two swimmers. Shiwen is 15-22 s off that record since that swim which itself came out of relatively from nowhere. Katinka was always in the mix before and if you carefully followed her last 4 years you could have noticed that she was steadily improving, getting faster and not only in the medley while swimming every possible race on this planet. I wouldn’t accuse anyone since none of these swimmers ever failed a drug test but there is a precedent when Chinese swimmers popped into existence winning with WRs then got caught later. So this may explain some suspicion out there. So far no Hungarian swimmer failed any tests in a long history… Read more »

Ervin
Reply to  henry11
5 years ago

She went under 430 last year

henry11
Reply to  Ervin
5 years ago

I’m pretty sure it was this spring when Hosszu FINALLY broke the 4:30 mark (Marseilles, March I think).

Ervin
Reply to  henry11
5 years ago

You right

Iasmin
5 years ago

It was a GREAT swim !!!! Respect !!!!!

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