2017 HUNGARIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
On day 3 of the 2017 Hungarian National Championships, up-and-coming sprinter Nandor Nemeth turned heads with a new Hungarian National Record in the 100 free. Nemeth churned out a speedy 48.64 to touch out Auburn-based Peter Holoda (48.87). With that, he becomes the 10th fastest 100 freestyler in the world this year and erases the former record of 48.76 set by Dominik Kozma in 2014.
“I did not expect this at all. I tried the best to improve my time, but it never occurred to me that I could go under 49 and break the national record in addition. Of course, it’s a great feeling.” – Nandor Nemeth
Iron lady Katinka Hosszu once again swam every women’s event in finals. This time, however, she came up 3-for-3 with a sweep of her races. Hosszu tackled tonight’s 400 IM with a 4:35.91. That was slightly off her season best, a 5th-ranked 4:35.46, but was still dominant over the field as Boglarka Kapas (4:39.35) and Zsuzsanna Jakabos (4:39.39) rounded out the medals.
Hosszu also nabbed golds in the 100 back and 100 free. In the 100 free, she won a tight race with Evelyn Verraszto, getting her hand to the wall 1st in 54.62 to Verraszto’s 54.77. Hosszu’s winning time of 1:00.46 in the 100 back was a season best by a tenth, and bumps her up to 25th in the world.
Gergely Gyurta remains at #8 in the world rankings after tonight’s 400 IM, but he dropped his season best down to a 4:12.81 to outpace Peter Bernek (4:13.62) for the title. In his post-race interview, Gyurta said he has confidence heading into worlds after putting up that performance in spite of his recent illness.
“I do not know how I did this because I did not think that I could squeeze that much strength out of myself after a severe viral infection. This should give me tremendous confidence in the World Championships.”
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