2016 SHORT COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
- December 6th – December 11th, 2016
- Windsor, Ontario, Canada
- WFCU Centre
- SCM (25m)
- Prelims: 9:30 AM EST/Finals: 6:30 PM EST
- Start Lists/Results
- Live Stream ($)
For the first time over the six days here at the SC World Championships in Windsor, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu was a no-show for her heat in the women’s 200 breast this morning. This was the only individual event for women this morning, which is probably the main reason why she entered it. Across the World Cup circuit, Hosszu commonly swims every stroke other than breaststroke.
The Iron Lady undertook an absolutely massive schedule here in Windsor, entering a total of 12 individual events. She has now officially competed in 11/12, winning six gold and two silver medals with the 100 fly final still to come tonight. Hosszu qualified for the final in all eleven events she undertook, only missing the medals in the 400 free (4th) and 800 free (8th), both of which took place in the middle of jam-packed finals sessions.
Hosszu defended all four of her titles from Doha 2014 in the 100 & 200 back and the 100 & 200 IM, and added the 200 fly and 400 IM. She regained the 200 fly title she won back in 2012, losing to 2016 Olympic champ Mireia Belmonte of Spain in 2014. Belmonte was reportedly sick this week, and ultimately did not pose a threat to Hosszu in any of the events. Belmonte also defeated Hosszu in Doha in the 400 IM.
With it being the first time Hosszu only has one swim at finals tonight, she’ll have a very good shot at earning her seventh gold of the meet in the 100 fly. She qualified 2nd overall for the final in 55.82, sitting behind American Kelsi Worrell who leads the pack at 55.80. Worrell took silver behind Hosszu in the 200 fly early on in the competition. 50 fly winner Jeanette Ottesen is not in the field, so it looks like it will come down to Hosszu and Worrell for gold. Hosszu’s best time stands at 55.71, and Worrell’s at 55.42.