Hosszu Wins 200m IM Gold At Worlds
July 29, 2013
Former Trojan Katinka Hosszu, eighth in the 200m IM at the 2012 London Olympics, dominated the event Tuesday on the second day of the 2013 FINA World Swimming Championships, winning gold for Hungary on Monday (July 29) in wire-to-wire fashion.
Hosszu, sixth in the 200m IM at the 2011 Worlds, led by 0.45 after the first 50 yards, and was the only swimmer under a minute at the halfway point. She extended the lead to 1.50 seconds at the 150 mark and won in 2:07.92, the fastest time in the world this year and 1.47 ahead of second-place Alicia Coutts of Australia and 1.53 better than Spain's Mireia Belmonte Garcia.
"When I was turning onto freestyle, I saw the others coming and I just wanted to touch the wall and celebrate," Hosszu said. "I was just pushing the freestyle leg, it really hurt at the end, I saw the time, I felt like I had to check and I was really happy to see I was the one that won."
Hosszu also swam in the prelims of the 100m back in the morning and qualified second (59.40) behind Missy Franklin, but skipped the semifinals to save energy for the 200m IM final.