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Women’s 200m Freestyle – Doha World Cup – as reported by SwimSwim contributor Braden Keith.
Swimming two events out of two opportunities thus far, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu won the women’s 200 free with a huge last 50 split of 28.56. She was as deep as 5th in an impressive field after the first 50, but her toughness showed here. Her winning time was 1:53.53.
To the contrary, the hardest starters faded a bit. Netherlands’ Femke Heemskerk was 2nd in 1:53.65 after leading for most of the race, and France’s Camille Muffat went out very hard, but fell all the way to 5th in a 1:54.75.
Joining Hossuz and Heemskerk on the medal podium is Spain’s Melania Costa in 1:54.21, followed by France’s Charlotte Bonnet in 1:54.39. France went 4-5-6 in this race. Norwegian National Record holder in the event Cecilie Johannessen was 7th in 1:58.40.