Katinka: “I got very tired in the end, but this was part of the strategy – start strong! I’m happy with my time, but at the Olympics this won’t be enough.”
Hosszú wins third European 400m IM crown in London
Hungary’s Katinka Hosszú lit up the opening night of swimming at the London 2016 European Aquatics Championships to win her third consecutive continental 400m Individual Medley gold.
The 27-year old, who is also a three-time 400m IM world champion, ducked under her Championship record effort of 4:30.97 from the heats to take the touch by more than four seconds in 4:30.90.
Great Britain’s Hannah Miley followed her home to kickstart the hosts’ medal campaign with silver in 4:35.27 while Hosszu’s teammate Zsuzsanna Jakabos landed the seventh European medal of her career with bronze in 4:38.39.
But there was no keeping up with Hosszu, who returned to the pool later in the session to qualify third fastest for tomorrow’s 200m Backstroke Final in 2:09.98 behind Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina (2:08.66) and Croatia’s Matea Samardzic (2:09.87).
Katinka Hosszú wins her second gold medals, women’s 200 meters back
1. KATINKA HOSSZÚ (Hungary) 2: 07:01 min
2. Darina Zevina (Ukraine) 2: 07:48
3. Matea Samardzic (Croatia) 2: 09:24
4. KATA BURIÁN (Hungary) 2: 10:17
LEN TV – Katinka Hosszú, winner of Women’s 200m
Twenty-one year-old KATA BURIÁN main aim was to swim faster than 2:10.60 Olimpic “A” level and she succeeded (2:10:17), which means that she qualified for the Rio Games.
“I’m hurting terribly, but a very big dream come true. I did not expect to go from zero as far as the Rio Olympics in a year.” said Kata.
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Earlier the day Hungary (Gábor Balog, Gábor Financsek, Evelyn Verrasztó, Zsuzsanna Jakabos) won bronze medal in 4×100 meter mixed medley relay.
1. Great Britain (Christoph Walker-Hebborn, Adam Peaty, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, Francesca Halsall) 3:44.56 minutes
2. Italy (Simone Sabbioni, Martina Carraro, Piero Codia, Federica Pellegrini) 3:45.74
3. Hungary (Gábor Balog, Gábor Financsek, Evelyn Verrasztó, Zsuzsanna Jakabos) 3:49.50
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In men’s 50 m butterfly László Cseh won silver medal
1. Andriy Govorov (Ukraine) 22.92 seconds
2. László Cseh (Hungary) 23:31
3. Benjamin Proud (Great Britain) 23:34