World Champion Hubi Kos Breaks Down “the Bowman Effect”

Hubi Kos of Hungary surprised many when he touched first in the men’s 200 backstroke at the 2023 World Championships. The World Jr Record holder in the 200 IM recently moved to Tempe, Arizona in December to train with Bob Bowman at Arizona State, the famed coach of Michael Phelps. Kos describes how training in the training environment that Bowman has created in Tempe helped him get to the top of the podium in Fukuoka, Japan.

  • 0:00 Hubi Kos Introduction
  • 0:56 Spending time in Hungary
  • 4:13 World Champs Lineup
  • 5:48 100 Free
  • 8:30 100 Back
  • 11:53 200 Back
  • 17:34 Getting Sick After Winning World Title
  • 21:32 Why Arizona State?
  • 24:09 Training with Milak in Hungary
  • 27:55 Arriving at ASU During Winter Training
  • 32:01 Pac-12s/NCAAs
  • 37:40 Training at Altitude at OTC
  • 45:18 2023-24 College Season

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Frank A Wilson
11 months ago

What do the regs say about contact by prospective swimmers by current team member or alumnae? Both in the United States and outside the United States. Outside the US and international swimmers is particularly important to know.

CosPAC
11 months ago

Not to take away from Bowman and his swimmers, but I have yet to see an article or any mention on the success of Cal swimmers at Worlds and Durdens impact. Maybe I missed it, if I did apologies!

snailSpace
11 months ago

What is also interesting to note is that according to Bowman himself there was very little for Hubi to improve on actual stroke technique in his stronger strokes (backstroke, butterfly), so the large drops are apparently mostly the result of improved UW, turns and start.

Alex Wilson
Reply to  snailSpace
11 months ago

Hubi Kos has a slender build I suspect he has not yet not developed his full body strength yet. I expect his times will improve this year. Look how much Leon Marchand improved during his second year of being coached by swimming Maestro Bowman. I would not be surprised to see similar improvement by Kos this coming year.

Nick the biased Aussie
11 months ago

“It’s always better to train with people that you like than people that you don’t like” 👀

Cant kick can’t pull
11 months ago

Funny how everyone reckons Bowman is a big yardage man but hubi laughs and says the yardage is easy compared to Hungarian.

rhode
Reply to  Cant kick can’t pull
11 months ago

Didn’t Regan Smith say she’s doing more yardage under Bowman than in Stanford? It’s either training volume at Stanford is very low or the Hungarians swim too much.

Can’t kick can’t pull
Reply to  rhode
11 months ago

It’s Hungary they like to swim a lot

snailSpace
Reply to  rhode
11 months ago

Hungarian swimmers are known to overtrain sometimes unfortunately.

Clutch
Reply to  rhode
11 months ago

Hungary definitely has the most volume heavy training in Europe.

Noah
Reply to  Clutch
11 months ago

What about Germany? Strongest distance swimming nation right now.

Brownish
Reply to  Noah
11 months ago

Australia, Italy, Tunisia, USA, Hungary?

Mr._Magoo
Reply to  Brownish
11 months ago

Germany has the best open water

Swjd
Reply to  Noah
11 months ago

What about it? Not that strong if they fail to produce when it matters.

Noah
Reply to  Swjd
11 months ago

I’m asking if they’re up there for heaviest yardage countries. They have 4 men under 14:45 just this year. Not sure what you mean about not producing when Wellbrock won 2 OW titles (tiring him for the pool), Martens his PBs this year at Worlds and Schwarz just went a 14:41.

Brownish
Reply to  Noah
11 months ago

Raso 2 silvers in OW and 3 PB in the pool. And he swam the OW relay but Florian not.

Dwight Davis
Reply to  Noah
11 months ago

Germany super strong right now but there are bunch of great men distance swimmers right now across the Globe doesn’t Romanchuk from Ukraine train in Germany. Heck it might take 14:33 or lower to medal at the Olympics.

Clutch
Reply to  Noah
11 months ago

Germanys old head coach actually took a lot of inspiration from Hungary after the Olympics 2012. So in that regard it’s not surprising they currently perform so strong in the “long” events.
Difference is that Germany is solely focusing on freestyle, while Hungary has a tradition of strong medley and butterfly swimmers.

rhode
11 months ago

Any idea why he’s wearing those rings?

snailSpace
Reply to  rhode
11 months ago

Fashion, I recon.

Juan Cena
Reply to  snailSpace
11 months ago

📷

Fukuoka Gold
11 months ago

Love all these post-worlds interviews.

Men’s 200 back was probably the biggest upset of the meet.

Last edited 11 months ago by Fukuoka Gold
GrameziPT
Reply to  Fukuoka Gold
11 months ago

How about Popovic finishing off the podium in the 200? bigger upset than that? Who would have thought Matt Richards would win it

TXSWIMDAD
11 months ago

These post-WC interviews have been really great. Thanks

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