The Hungarian swimming championships finished on Saturday evening and an hour later Csaba Sós, the national coach announced the hosts’ team for the 17th FINA World Championships to be held in July in Budapest. It seems that in the history of the championships Hungary delegates competitors for all events.
The Hungarian swimming championships were held in Debrecen, which city had organized European Championships in 2012. All of the top swimmers of Hungary participated at the event, since it was qualification race for the World Championships.
The Iron Lady, 3-time Olympic champion Katinka Hosszú started at all events in women’s competition. She claimed 6 gold medals, even though she considered the national championships only as one step towards the World Championships in summer. ‘I did not plan to swim world-leading time of 2:09.38, I did not feel how good form I was in, but it gives me plus motivation’ said Katinka after the 200 m individual medley.
Boglárka Kapás also performed the best time of this year’s in 1500 m freestyle with 16:04.19, however the Olympic bronze medallist of 800 m freestyle in Rio was not perfectly satisfied, since she planned to go under 16 minutes. Kapás also claimed gold in 800 m freestyle on the last day of the championships to celebrate her birthday in her hometown. In 400 m freestyle 15-ear-old multiple junior European champion Ajna Késely finished first with top10 time in the world ranking. She qualified for the WCH team earlier in 1500 m freestyle.
As of men’s competition 17-year-old Nándor Németh broke the national record in 100 m freestyle and with his time of 48.64 he got into top10 in the world ranking. However, based on Csaba Sós’s decision, he will only compete in relay events in the 17th FINA World Championships in order to be able to reach top form for the Junior World Championships to be held at the end of August where he has real chance even for gold.
Dániel Gyurta, Olympic champion of London in 200 m breaststroke claimed all three gold medals of breaststroke events and he qualified for these individual events in the World Championships. László Cseh, who won silver medal in the memorable 3-membered tie in 100 m butterfly in Rio (with Michael Phelps and Chad le Clos) was surprisingly defeated in this event by 16-year-old Kristóf Milák, but Cseh started training only at the beginning of the year because he had a longer relaxation period after Rio. In 200 m butterfly Tamás Kenderesi, the bronze medallist of Rio claimed gold and qualified for the World Championships besides László Cseh.
Here is the World Championships roster that can even be extended until the end of the qualification period (5 July), but as Csaba Sós, the national coach emphasized the members of the confirmed list are so called ‘secured’.
50m freestyle: Krisztián Takács, Maxim Lobanovszkij
100m freestyle: Richárd Bohus, Dominik Kozma
200m freestyle: Dominik Kozma, Péter Bernek
400m freestyle: Péter Bernek
800m freestyle: Gergely Gyurta
1500m freestyle: Kristóf Rasovszky
50m backstroke: Richárd Bohus
100m backstroke: Gábor Balog
200m backstroke: Ádám Telegdy, Péter Bernek
50m breaststroke: Dániel Gyurta (Gábor Financsek)
100m breaststroke: Dániel Gyurta
200m breaststroke: Dániel Gyurta
50m butterfly: László Cseh
100m butterfly: László Cseh, Kristóf Milák
200m butterfly: László Cseh, Tamás Kenderesi
200m medley: László Cseh, Dávid Verrasztó
400m medley: Dávid Verrasztó, Gergely Gyurta
4x100m freestyle: Nándor Németh, Dominik Kozma, Richárd Bohus, Péter Holoda
4x200m freestyle: Dominik Kozma, Péter Bernek, Kristóf Milák, Benjámin Grátz
4x100m medley: Gábor Balog, Dániel Gyurta, László Cseh, Nándor Németh
50m freestyle: Flóra Molnár
100m freestyle: Zsuzsanna Jakabos, Katinka Hosszú (Evelyn Verrasztó)
200m freestyle: Katinka Hosszú, Boglárka Kapás (Ajna Késely, Evelyn Verrasztó)
400m freestyle: Boglárka Kapás, Katinka Hosszú (Ajna Késely)
800m freestyle: Boglárka Kapás, Katinka Hosszú (Ajna Késely)
1500m freestyle: Boglárka Kapás, Ajna Késely
50m backstroke: Katinka Hosszú (Sára Joó)
100m backstroke: Katinka Hosszú
200m backstroke: Katinka Hosszú, Kata Burián
50m breaststroke: Katinka Hosszú (Anna Sztankovics)
100m breaststroke: Anna Sztankovics
200m breaststroke: Dalma Sebestyén
50m butterfly: Flóra Molnár
100m butterfly: Liliána Szilágyi
200m butterfly: Liliána Szilágyi , Katinka Hosszú (Zsuzsanna Jakabos)
200m medley: Katinka Hosszú, Zsuzsanna Jakabos
400m medley: Katinka Hosszú, Zsuzsanna Jakabos
4x100m freestyle: Zsuzsanna Jakabos, Katinka Hosszú, Evelyn Verrasztó, Flóra Molnár
4x200m freestyle: Katinka Hosszú, Boglárka Kapás, Ajna Késely, Evelyn Verrasztó
4x100m medley: Katinka Hosszú, Anna Sztankovics, Liliána Szilágyi , Zsuzsanna Jakabos
4x100m freestyle: Nándor Németh, Dominik Kozma, Zsuzsanna Jakabos, Evelyn Verrasztó
1. Gábor Balog, Dániel Gyurta, Liliána Szilágyi , Zsuzsanna Jakabos
2. Katinka Hosszú, Anna Sztankovics, László Cseh, Nándor Németh