Hosszu Wins Third Gold! Claims 200m IM In Olympic Record Time|
Aug. 9, 2016
Former Trojan great Katinka Hosszu of Hungary outlasted a packed field in the 200m IM on Tuesday (Aug. 9) in Rio de Janeiro in a gutty performance to win her third Olympic gold medal in four days.
In the process, she became just the sixth Trojan to win at least three golds in one Games and just the second to win them in individual events.
Meanwhile, redshirt junior Santo Condorelli of Canada turned in a personal best effort (47.93) in the semifinals of the 100m freestyle to qualify for the final on Wednesday night.
Hosszu, with golds in the 400m IM on Saturday and the 100m backstroke on Monday, dropped the prelims and likely semifinals of the 200m butterfly to conserve energy for one of her specialties, the 200m IM. The move paid off as she won the 200m IM in an Olympic record 2:06.58, just 0.30 ahead of a charging Siobhan-Marie O’Connor.
Hosszu joins swimmers John Naber (four, 1976), Murray Rose (three, 1956), Janet Evans (three, 1988) and Lenny Krayzelburg (three, 2000) and sprinter Allyson Felix (three, 2012) as the only Trojans to win three golds in one Olympiad.
The only one of the bunch to do it in three individual events, as Hosszu has done, was Evans, who won the 400m and 800m free and the 400m IM.
The Hungarian great will have one more crack at a medal in the 200m back, which starts with prelims on Thursday. Only Naber has won four golds in one Olympics in USC history.
Condorelli, an NCAA champion and All-American, entered the 100m free semifinals as the fifth seed with a 48.22 and lowered it by almost three tenths of a second to finish second in the second semifinal race.
Former USC NCAA champion Vladimir Morozov of Russia finished ninth in 48.26 in the semifinals, one spot out of the finals berth. He missed it by 0.03.