No Hosszu At 2018 Hungarian Nationals This Week


  • Wednesday, March 28th – Saturday, March 31st
  • Debrecen Swimming Pool Complex, Debrecen, Hungary
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The 2018 Hungarian National Championships are slated to begin on Wednesday, March 28th in Debrecen, but 2 of the nation’s biggest stars will be absent from the competition. Although over 380 competitors are expected to race this week, multi-Olympic medalist Katinka Hosszu and national record holder Daniel Gyurta will not be among them.

We reported last month that, although Hosszu didn’t name a specific return competition, she did say her goal was to return to racing in March. Iron Lady fans will most likely be seeing their star compete for the first time in several months at the FFN Golden Tour Camille Muffat in Val-d’Oise, France coming up shortly.

As for Gyurta, the 200m breaststroke Olympic champion from 2012 announced his retirement from competitive swimming just this week, hanging up his goggles at 28 years of age.

Those stars that will be in attendance, however, have reportedly bulked up on their schedules in a bid to gain a spot on Hungary’s European Championships roster. Young Kristof Milak, the current 100m and 200m butterfly World Junior record holder being entered in 8 events, while his 16-year-old counterpart, Ajna Késely, will be contesting 9 events over the 4-day affair.

Laszlo Cseh is also entered in the meet, which represents his 19th Hungarian National Championships. At 32 years of age, Cseh has defied the aging process, taking silver in the 200m fly event at last year’s World Championships in Budapest.

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2 years ago

Does Katinka Hosszu have a dual citizenship?

rita palos
Reply to  Yozhik
2 years ago

why should she????? Dual from where else?

Reply to  rita palos
2 years ago

She has (had?) an American husband. So she could get American citizenship should she was willing to do so. If Hungary allows dual citizenship it is very possible that it was part of the plan back in 2012. Before this unprecedented surge in performance began. If that really has happened then competing for Hungary was probably dictated by her patriotic feelings and Tusup’s business considerations.

Tea rex
2 years ago

Is Hosszu already qualified for euros?

Reply to  Tea rex
2 years ago

All World Championships finalists from last year are automatically qualified for Euros. Also individual World Junior medalists.

2 years ago

I think Hungary usually does thing like allowing some top swimmers to jump the National Champs..

Milak 50, 100, 200 fly and maybe 50, 100,200 free? What else? Any idea?

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