Margherita Panziera’s 2:06 200 Back was “Better than Expected” (Video)


Reported by James Sutherland.


  1. Margherita Panziera, ITA, 2:06.64
  2. Katinka Hosszu, HUN, 2:06.94
  3. Kylie Masse, CAN, 2:07.59
  4. Anastasiia Fesikova, RUS, 2:12.41

With three of the world’s best in the event competing, it was a very tight race all the way to the wall as anticipated. Margherita PanzieraKatinka Hosszu and Kylie Masse had virtually nothing between them through the 150, but it was Panziera who used a 31.36 last 50 to edge out the win in a time of 2:06.64. Panziera is currently ranked #1 in the world with her 2:05.72 from April.

Hosszu was just three-tenths back in 2:06.94, moving her up one spot in the world rankings to fifth (crushing her old season-best of 2:08.16), and this was also her fastest swim since the 2017 World Championships.

Masse, who sits second in the world rankings this year in 2:05.94, didn’t have that extra gear at the end and settled for third in 2:07.59.

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4 years ago

Always impressed with the thoughtful, well articulated answers swimmers give even in a language that’s not their own. Other major league sports like the NBA could take lessons.

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