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As reported by SwimSwam / Braden Keith
WOMEN’S 400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY – FINALS
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.