Sjostrom Wakes Up With 57.7 1Fly Prelim, Hosszu 4:35 4IM In Stockholm


Day 2 of the 2019 Swim Open Stockholm saw 3 men go under 1:48 in the heats of the 200m freestyle. Lithuanian freestyle ace Danas Rapsys led the pack with a morning mark of 1:47.46, while Germany’s Jacob Heidtmann was right behind in 1:47.50.

The 3rd 1:47-er was represented by Poul Zellmann, also from Germany, who clocked 1:47.89 to make tonight’s race one to watch. Australian Olympian Thomas Fraser-Holmes lurks as the 6th seed in 1:48.80 as well.

Sweden’s own Sarah Sjostrom made it look easy once again in the women’s 100m fly, claiming lane 4 for tonight’s final with a heats time of 57.71. That led the field by over a second, with German athlete Angelina Kohler holding the 2nd seed in 59.00. The top 5 females were all under a minute in the prelims.

The men’s 100m breast saw its top 7 finishers out of prelims all clock 1:00 times, led by Lithuania’s Giedrus Titenis. Chasing a World Championships qualifying cut, the 29-year-old Olympic bronze medalist in the 200m breast from Rio clocked 1:00.13 to hold a .08 advantage over German swimmer Fabian Schwingenschlogl.

Also in tonight’s race will be Denmark’s newly-minted National Record holder Tobias Bjerg, who became his nation’s first man under a minute with his big-time 59.17 from the Danish Open last week.

Hungarian Iron Lady was automatic once again in the women’s 400m IM, as Katinka Hosszu notched a dominating top seed of 4:35.91. That’s one of the 29-year-old multi-Olympic medalist’s top times of the season, with just her 4:33.83 from the FFN Golden Tour Camile Muffat – Marseille sitting ahead of it.

Additional Top Seeds:

  • Hitting just his 2nd sub-53 second time ever, German athlete Ramon Klenz topped the morning 100m fly heats with a mark of 52.97.
  • Laura Riedemann of Germany earned lane 4 status with her morning time of 1:00.95 to lead the women’s 100m back. Both Hosszu and Michelle Coleman are in the mix, while Danish record holder Mie Nielsen‘s time of 1:02.28 rendered her in 9th and out of the A-final.
  • German backstroker Ole Braunschweig notched a 50m backstroke time of 25.23 to notch a new meet record en route to landing the pole position for this evening.
  • Ida Hulkko of Finland topped the women’s 50m breast field, producing a morning mark of 30.66 to represent the only swimmer of the field under 31 seconds.

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2 years ago

What about Hosszu’s 400FR? Does she swim it at this stop? The Pay Day is approaching. She’d better be ready for it to not look like she is begging for charity of $5000 just for showing up in this race.

Reply to  Yozhik
2 years ago

She got invited to swim it… And what about MA’s 200IM? The same case. They would be stupid to turn down an offer of at least 5000.

Reply to  Ytho
2 years ago

Sure, pecunia non olet

Reply to  Yozhik
2 years ago

The way you consistently critise housszu in every article shes mentioned, you could be shane tusup lol

Reply to  Anonymoose
2 years ago

He was once in love to her, i have never been 😀

2 years ago

Katinka rules!

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