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As reported by SwimSwam / Braden Keith
WOMEN’S 200 BUTTERFLY – FINALS
2012 World Champ: 2:02.20 – Katinka Hosszu – Hungary
2010 World Champ: 2:03.59 – Mireia Belmonte Garcia – Spain
Meet Record: 2:02.20 – Katinka Hosszu – Hungary – 2012 1:59.61 – Mireia Belmonte – 2014
World Record: 2:00.78 – Liu Zhige – China – 2009 1:59.61 – Mireia Belmonte – 2014
In our day 1 finals preview, we warned our readers not to sleep on Mireia Belmonte, who was the “Katinka Hosszu of this meet before Katinka Hosszu was the “Katinka Hosszu” of this meet. In her first finals swim of the evening, Belmonte made us look good, breaking the World Record in the women’s 200 fly with a 1:59.61. That crushed by over a second the 2009 suited record of China’s Liu Zige.
This record, and the win for that matter, was all done on the last 50 meters. Hosszu had a half-second lead going into the final 50 before Belmonte split 30.65 and Hosszu split 32.72. The final margin didn’t indicate just how good of a race this was, but the splits and the video (which we will have after the session) do.
Hosszu took 2nd in 2:01.12 – still a marvelous swim for her and a new lifetime best and Hungarian Record by a full second.
Lost in the wake was Germany’s Franziska Hentke in 2:03.89 – just off of her German Record swim from last year’s European Championships.
China’s Yufei Zhang was 4th in 2:04.91, followed by Italy’s Alessia Polieri (2:05.52), American Cammile Adams (2:06.35), and Australian Brianna Throssell (2:06.40).