Katinka Hosszu Wraps Up 300th World Cup Gold With 200 Fly Win in Kazan

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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.

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tea rex
3 years ago

If I worked my butt off, found an exceptionally weak World Cup stop, and got lucky with a couple swimmers DQing… I might have 1/300th of Katinka’s accomplishments.

UKnowWho
3 years ago

imagine getting a gold medal at an international stage

now imagine getting 300 gold medals

crazy

Yozhik
Reply to  UKnowWho
3 years ago

Can anybody bring more clarity about these 300 medals. I won’t be surprised if more than 70% of them came from World Cup meets. Especially at early stages of these tournament when it was pathetic. FINA was trying to promote this tournament with hosszu’s help treating her as golden child making her completely undeservedly a swimmer of the year several times in a row. She had no problem to beat local swimmers at multiple events. Sometimes up to 5 gold medals per session. She swam everything – all strokes and all distances including long ones. More clarity please, so we know what we are actually celebrating. I know 300 medals sounds impressive, but I have 300 1st place ribbons of… Read more »

Blackflag82
Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

Yozhik, really? 300 ribbons from local dual meets? That seems like an exaggeration given the nature of age group swimming, length of seasons, and length of high school. So in answer to your question of what’s so special…Katinka has actually won a number of first place medals that you are only able to exaggerate about…

Yozhik
Reply to  Blackflag82
3 years ago

Yes that was an exaggeration to give you some idea what I’m talking about. And I have no doubts you got it.

Blackflag82
Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

All I got from your exaggeration is that you literally have nothing you can compare this accomplishment to

Blackflag82
Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

To put it another way with another swimmer though, this is similar to Nathan Adrian’s ridiculous number of 48.xx 100 frees…no one is making the claim that he’s amazing because of that number, and a 48.9 isn’t worth a ton in most international meets these days, but when coupled with all of his other accomplishments it’s a pretty impressive stat. You’re right, not every event Katinka has won has been an incredible swim, but the same could be said for literally every other swimmer with world cup wins, and by itself it might not be a defining stat, but when you combine it with WRs and world champs and Olympic gold’s, it’s more than any of the swimmers you fawn… Read more »

Yozhik
Reply to  Blackflag82
3 years ago

It is completely different count that deserves analysis. Whatever is good should be appreciated. Junk has to be left to analytical power of FST.
But please don’t bring Adrian’s name to the discussion of Hosszu. The difference between them is exactly what I dislike Hosszu for. He is a noble man and I cannot recall his races out of competition.

Blackflag82
Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

He’s a noble because you don’t put his career under a microscope in the same way you do Katinka’s? That makes perfect sense, said no one ever

skip
Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

ah now i get it – you like specialists and dislike those who can swim everything, or will have a go at everything. That’s quite limiting and shows that you only pay attention to a swimmer at a certain point of their career – where they are successful in a certain event, and get confused by their success in other events (that they have been swimming on and off for the whole time). for example kaylee mckeown 6th in 200 breaststroke. i bet you think she’s just a backstroker. labels mean nothing. accomplishments are important and resilience, can they come back from disappointments. 300 medals in international competition is a lot just saying.

Brownish
Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

59 from Olympics, Worlds and Europeans.

Octopus
Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

.”.bring more clarity about these 300 medals:” not 70 but 100 percent of these 300 come from FINA WC. Some are more precious than others. Katinka also holds 2 LCM a number of SCM WRs, all together are undeniably impressive. And this does not include yet the World Championship and Olympic medals (which are arguably the most precious ones)

Octopus
3 years ago

Hosszu will likely make an effort for higher points in 200 IM, morning or afternoon. Right now 200 fly and 400 IM WRs are both too good to scare anywhere close to 950 Fina pts.

Yozhik
Reply to  Octopus
3 years ago

Tell me which LCM record in women swimming is soft? We are blessed to see such a great swimmers like LEDEKY, SJOSTROM, KING, SMITH and hosszu. Plus two crazy 2009 records.

Brownish
Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

What do you meen in Smith’s record, body?

Yozhik
Reply to  Brownish
3 years ago

I didn’t get your question. I meant world records in 100 and 200 back. She made them very tough..

Octopus
Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

WRs are not soft, but compare 200 fly and 200 IM. To score 950 Fina pts needs about 2:04,fly or 2:08 IM. Or compare this year’s best time to WR (2:05.96 vs 2:01.82 for fly and 2:07.17 vs 2:06.12 for IM). 200 fly is impossibly hard no matter how we calculate.

Octopus
3 years ago

The Katinka + Jakabos duo will not have much opposition in 400 IM tomorrow either. What happened the Tusup team? I read that Tusup applied late and did not get the Russian visa (at least not in time). Did the same happened to the whole team? Cusinato was in the entry list, but not in the start-list. .

Titttat
Reply to  Octopus
3 years ago

One of the male swimmers left hím, and Cusinato removed all pix from her instagram site too, so most probably she leaves as well.

Steve
3 years ago

Katinka ROCKS!

Yozhik
Reply to  Steve
3 years ago

When she “rocked” she had more than one race per session. And 857 quality value for this race will be of no help to her in competition for bonus prize. I don’t know what made Mrs. Race to be so excited about it. Hosszu will probably select two more weak fields for two more wins that will give her bonus points and will try to perform in one of it much better than today.
But what can I say to you: the love is blind. Let her rocking (don’t know what you mean by that).

Brownish
Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

OK, you are right somewhere. But try to find another swimmer with 300 golds in an international world series.

Yozhik
Reply to  Brownish
3 years ago

Why should I look for another swimmer who had kilos of junk medals if I have already this one who is trying to deceive innocent fans with these inhuman super abilities. I think the only medals she cherishes are three Olympic gold medals and a few medals from world championships especially the one associated with world record. All other hundreds medals is same bs as “iron lady”. It is a pure water PR stuff. She was there for money only not for medal collection. That is what her and Tusup business plan was all about. From the very beginning, from day one of their union.

FSt
Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

@Yozhik
What do you get out of this intense criticism of her? She’s – objectively – one of the most successful female swimmers of all time. Having 300 elite gold medals is impressive, no matter how you look at it. Yet in every article she’s mentioned you blow up the comment section with your responses to her. It’s fine not to like her, it’s fine to point out all the ways in which she doesn’t live up to the hype anymore. She’s getting older, she’s swimming less races maybe, We all know that. Yet, she’s still got a more insane pensum than any other professional female swimmer her age. Is that not impressive enough to garner SOME positive vibes… Read more »

Brownish
Reply to  FSt
3 years ago

Too much for him. Lost the question at the beginning. Don’t mind it.

Yozhik
Reply to  FSt
3 years ago

You started so well and so convincingly. But ended same way as all these “wtf” style commentators. I don’t even know if you really expect me to explain anything. There is my response to SWIMFAST that was censored by Swimswam for some reason. It may answer some of your questions. Your post is long and touches a lot of issues of professional swimming. It makes no sense to respond with the posting several times longer. But I will keep them in mind and respond to your post whenever corresponding opportunity arises. Stay tuned. 😀 But thank you anyway, your questions let me think about why different people evaluate and react differently to same events. Sometimes it happens because they are… Read more »

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  FSt
3 years ago

One of the most successful female ATHLETES of all time.

Spectaton
Reply to  FSt
3 years ago

another success of Hosszu as professional swimmer – giving fans so much to write about. It has to be intense feeling to spend time and energy to write long comments every time someone praise Hosszu or her name appears in article title.

Brownish
Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

What kind if junk. Those 3 olympic golds? And next year 2 more as we know well.

John
Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

You are the definition of an arm chair quarterback

Yozhik
Reply to  John
3 years ago

Is it bad or good? I am sure that you won’t be able to through the ball father than 10 yards seating in arm chair.

Coach John
Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

What I am capable of is irrelevant to my synopsis of your comments. I’ve never thrown a football (fun fact)

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  John
3 years ago

A jealous armchair quarterback

swimfast
Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

@yozhik. You may be like 0.01% correct but the fact of the matter is that she had already won multiple hundred gold medals in order for her to now “ease up”. She has done the work many times over…this article was not to praise her latest performance, but rather to praise her entire career…shame on you for twisting it.
Anyway… 300 gold medals, daaaamn

Yozhik
Reply to  swimfast
3 years ago

What exactly you are shaming me with. That I have a different interpretation or let say a different view on these 300 medals. Instead of shaming me just explain me why my opinion is incorrect or is partial only. (Look to my answer to BROWNISH).
As I said before I don’t care about her at all. I am looking at facts as they are but not as we would like them to be. Believe me that I have analyzed more information about her than many Hungarians did. The only one that I was missing about her life is information stated by STEVE that she was abused and bullied until she met Shane. But when people are starting shaming me… Read more »

swimfast
Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

She’s gifted enough to be able to enter the “weaker” events at meets because she’s great at all four strokes and also savvy enough to foresee all of the entries ahead of time. It is definitely a game, but she’s still the talent behind it. This is pretty darn legendary and is an achievement, whether you like it or not- even if you see it as simply a PR move. Sometimes you need to be a big fish in a small pond to succeed- no one could possibly win 300 gold medals at a series in less than 15 years unless they swam some weakly contested events sometimes. She still nevertheless swam the races and oftentimes pretty darn fast. This… Read more »

Brownish
Reply to  swimfast
3 years ago

True.

Ol’ Longhorn
Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

Phelps did fewer events by far in 2016 compared to 2008, no best times, so I guess he sucked.

Blackflag82
Reply to  Ol’ Longhorn
3 years ago

By yozhik’s logic if you don’t get lots of Fina points (a flawed system) and don’t perform at your peak everytime you swim, you are a failure. He has said as much in his criticism about the ISL since he doesn’t actually enjoy watching people race.

John
Reply to  Blackflag82
3 years ago

#septemberresultsmatter

Yozhik
Reply to  Blackflag82
3 years ago

You completely misunderstood my logic. Or just want to say something not nice about me because it brings you some pleasure. I don’t mind at all. Go ahead. Enjoy. But if you make some effort to follow this logic then you will understand hopefully that somebody is trying to sell you some nicely wrapped bs and you are willing to buy it because a lot of other people bought it already. But you have no reliable information to make your own judgment. I don’t criticize Hosszu for slow performance in the long running tournaments like Word Cup and ISL where almost everybody are slow because of the specific of these tournaments: long and out of season. But I don’t see… Read more »

Dean Farris Effect
Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

Yozhik, you remind me of joe

John
Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

What is your reliable information that we don’t have?

Oil’ Longhorn
Reply to  John
3 years ago

Got it from Rudy G.

Olympian
Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

Shane is that you??

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