World Record Race Video: Watch Mireia Belmonte go sub 4:20 in the 400 IM scm

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As reported by SwimSwam / Braden Keith


2012 World Champ: 4:23.14 – Hannah Miley – Great Britain
2010 World Champ: 4:24.21 – Mireia Belmonte Garcia – Spain

World Record:  4:19.86 – Mireia Belmonte – Spain – 2014

In the first matchup of the day between Mireia Belmonte and Katinka Hosszu, both swimmers were as good as they’ve ever been in the 200 fly, and Belmonte’s out-of-this-world swim was just too good.

In this 400 IM, Belmonte’s swim was again out-of-this-world, though in this case Hosszu couldn’t match her best.

The Spaniard swam a new World Record of 4:19.86, which once again by a full second broke the old record. That old record was a 4:20.83 done by Hosszu done in this same pool at the Doha World Cup stop earlier this year.

On this day, Hosszu could only muster a 4:22.94 for 2nd place. She once again led Belmonte for the first half of this race, but another big Belmonte closing kick did Hosszu and the record in.

Britain’s Hannah Miley took 3rd in 4:24.74 – a time about 1.6 seconds slower than she was in 2012 to win gold in this same event.
American Elizabeth Beisel missed the podium in 4th place with a 4:25.56, followed by Japan’s Miho Takahashi (4:27.61) and the other American Caitlin Leverenz (4:28.74). Oddly enough, Leverenz, renowned for her breaststroke speed, was slower than all five of the swimmers ahead of her in the 100 meters of breaststroke.

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6 years ago

Belmonte – simply stellar last 150m. Strategic building of the race and her close was simply out of this world. Congrats to her!

6 years ago

Brilliant Feat by Awesome Mireia Belmonte. She gets on better and better everyday. Hungarian Hosszu cannot do anything to stop the Spanish Queen.

6 years ago

Katinka’s pull down off the 275m wall was a full two butterfly kicks! It obviously didn’t help much but that was incredibly obvious cheating.

Reply to  niemannator
6 years ago

Agree! She should have been DQ’ed.

Reply to  swim4fun
6 years ago

She did it twice.

Reply to  niemannator
6 years ago

Twice on the turns that we saw in a truncated video. Probably all four turns were dodgy. Obvious DQ. What are the officials doing?

Reply to  niemannator
6 years ago

She is FINA swimmer of the year……they can’t dq her!!! I find it hard to believe that officials could not see those double fly kicks off the wall on breastroke?!?!?!
She should never have been the Swimmer of the Year for World Cup performances. Ledecky should have won easily and now it looks like Belmonte should have been runner up!
Nice job FINA!

Reply to  niemannator
6 years ago

Only cheating if you get caught 🙂 Two Full Blown fly kicks. Nothing subtle about that.

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