Olympic Champ Katinka Hosszu No Shows 100 Back Prelims At World Championships


Hungarian Katinka Hosszu was a no-show this morning in the preliminaries of the women’s 100 backstroke, dropping the event from her schedule to leave her with just four individual events for the competition.

Hosszu was the 2016 Olympic champion in the event, setting the Hungarian National Record in a time of 58.45.

At the last two World Championships in Kazan and Budapest, the now 30-year-old qualified first and second overall respectively out of the heats before scratching the semis (in what are her #2 and #3 swims ever, 58.78 and 58.80).

This year she had been as fast as 59.58 which tied her for 10th in the world coming into this meet.

With this event gone, she still has the 200 IM final later on during day two, along with the 200 free, 200 back and 400 IM on her schedule. The 200 free prelims will kick off on day three.

Louise Hansson of Sweden also didn’t show for her heat in the event.

In her absence, Canadian Kylie Masse cruised to the top seed in a time of 58.91, followed by Australians Minna Atherton (59.22) and Kaylee McKeown (59.25).

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Actually, a pretty smart move considering the rest of her program.


Going for that 200 IM WR


I hope Shane has booked some bench time with his tattooist


My goodness those are some heinous tattoos. Also didn’t show a lot of faith in her resetting those records…


I don’t think there was much control or forethought when it came to Shane


Her schedule is very demanding, and this is a competitive event, but it’s still crazy to think that she has barely contested this event after winning the Olympic title.


That was a one-off. She was in the right place at the right time. Too much competition prior to 2016 and too much now. She’s become good at backstroke but there have been quite a few better in the last 5 years.

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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