FINA WORLD CUP SERIES – KAZAN
- Friday, November 1st – Sunday, November 3rd
- Kazan Aquatics Palace, Kazan, Russia
Entering day 1 of the FINA World Cup Series stop in Kazan, Russia, Olympic champion Katinka Hosszu of Hungary held 299 World Cup gold medals to her name. It was only a matter of time until the 30-year-old Iron Lady turned the ticker to the 300 mark, further building upon her legacy. And, the feat came tonight in the women’s 200m fly.
It was a hard-fought victory tonight in Kazan against teammate Zsuzsanna Jakabos, as both women represented the only sub-2:10 swimmers in the 200 fly race. Jakabos staked her claim on the gold with a 1:01.75 opener to Hosszu’s 1:02.61, but Hosszu raged home in a back half split of 1:05.62 to Jakabos’ 1:07.01 to ultimately stop the clock at 2:08.23 for the win.
Jakabos touched just over half a second later in 2:08.76 for the silver, while Korean national record holder An Sehyeon wrangled up bronze in 2:10.69.
As for Hosszu, she trails Aussie Cate Campbell by just 3 points in the FINA World Cup overall standings heading into Kazan, with just this city and Doha, Qatar left to go. Hosszu is entered in over a dozen events here, but just the top 3 performances count towards the standings.
As a consolation, however, Hosszu will most likely put her gold medal total well over the 300 mark by the time this FINA World Cup circuit is said and done.