Katinka Hosszu Swims 2nd-Fastest 400 IM in History


Hungarian Katinka Hosszu was 3.25 seconds ahead of the World Record swim going into the freestyle leg of the women’s 400 IM in prelims, and while that wasn’t even enough to hold off Ye Shiwen’s unbelievable freestyle closing leg from London, Hosszu just missed the World Record with the 2nd-fastest time in the history of the event.

Hosszu’s time, which seeds her first for finals by 4 seconds, was 4:28.58. That improves her own best time and Hungarian Record of 4:29.89, but misses Ye’s World Record of 4:28.43.

Comparative Splits:

  • Ye 1:02.19, Hosszu 1:01.28
  • Ye 1:09.54, Hosszu 1:08.08
  • Ye 1:18.02, Hosszu 1:17.14
  • Ye 58.68, Hosszu 1:02.07

Historically, Hosszu has been able to finish her 400 IM in better than a 1:01 (though never anywhere near Ye’s 58), and if she is able to go a 1:01 in finals, she’ll have a big shot at the World Record.

Top 10 performances of all-time:

  1. Ye Shiwen, 2012, 4:28.43
  2. Katinka Hosszu, 2016, 4:28.58
  3. Stephanie Rice, 2008, 4:29.45
  4. (tie) Kirsty Coventry, 2008, 4:29.89
  5. (tie) Katinka Hosszu, 2016, 4:29.89
  6. Katinka Hosszu, 2009, 4:30.31
  7. Katinka Hosszu, 2015, 4:30.39
  8. Katinka Hosszu, 2013, 4:30.41
  9. Xuanxu Li, 2009, 4:30.43
  10. Katinka Hosszu, 2016, 4:30.75

The World Record in this event has been in three of the last four Olympic Games.

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7 years ago

So wait, where does Hosszu rank all-time when performances with an (*) next to them are kept off the list?

Scott Morgan
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7 years ago


Mary Alexandre
7 years ago

YAY! You work hard so deserve to be the best!

7 years ago

KH 4:24 tonight.

1:06+ (2:06+)

Reply to  murica
7 years ago

4:24?!?! That would take all of our breaths completely away! Not saying ‘no’, but… It’s hard to know whether she pulled it back after 300 or had little left. If it was the former, yes, 4:24 might be in the headlights. Now for just a touch of decorum from her other half and we’re all good.

Swimmer 13
7 years ago

She should have the record

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