The 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships has officially come to an end, and the results are in. Hungarian athletes collected five gold medals this year, placing Hungary at the very top of the medal table. Huge congratulations!
Looking only at the swimming events, Hungary finished in third place with five gold medals, after Australia (2nd) and the United States (1st).
If we are looking at all of the events of the championship, Hungary finished in fifth place.
Katinka Hosszú – 200m IM and 400m IM
30-year-old record-holder Katinka Hosszú won two gold medals at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships: the 400-metre individual medley (IM), and the 200-metre IM (that one for the fourth time). Olympic champion Hosszú won a gold medal in the 200m IM with a time of 2:07.53, ahead of China’s Ye Shiwen (2:08.60) and Canadian Sydney Pickrem (2:08.70). She is undefeated in individual medley.
Boglárka Kapás – 200m butterfly
Kapás, who was known as the long-distance freestyle queen, shifted her focus to butterfly in the past few years. Two years ago, the World Championships held in Budapest did not turn out quite the way she wanted it, but thanks to her hard work, she managed to make her way back to the very top of the podium. The winning time was 2:06.75, the first time that Boglárka managed to go beyond 2:07. She couldn’t have timed it better!
Kristóf Milák – 200m butterfly
Hungarian swimmer Kristóf Milak broke the world record in the men’s 200m butterfly at the world championships in Gwangju, capturing his first world championship title in the process.
Milák won the race in 1:50.73 to become the first to break the 1:51 barrier. American Michael Phelps had held the previous record of 1:51.51 for 10 years. The 19-year-old Milák had an amazing time (1:50.73) ahead of Japan’s Daiya Seto (1:53.86) and South African Chad le Clos (1:54.15).
Kristóf Rasovszky – 5km open water swimming
Twenty-two-year-old Kristof Rasovszky finished first in the men’s 5km open water race claiming his first gold medal in Open Water events at the FINA World Championships. Logan Fontaine of France claimed the silver medal, and Eric Hedlin of Canada was touched out by the French swimmer, earning the bronze medal. Rasovszky also finished fourth at the men’s 10km open water swimming.