Hosszu Does It Again! Wins Olympic Gold In 100m Backstroke|
Aug. 8, 2016
USC Hungarian great Katinka Hosszu continued to craft what might be one of the top stories of the 2016 Olympics, winning her second gold medal on Monday night, this time in the 100m backstroke, while also advancing to the 200m IM final an hour later to set herself up for another medal swim on Tuesday.
Hosszu, who won the gold in the 400m IM on Sunday with a world record, had to come from behind to win her second gold. She was sixth at 50 meters in 28.84 but caught up to the field with 25 meters to go and raced home to win in 58.45, 0.30 ahead of American second-place finisher Kathleen Baker.
She became the first Trojan woman to win an Olympic gold in the 100m back and the first USC woman to win two golds in the same Olympics since Rebecca Soni did it in 2012 (200m breaststroke, 4x100m medley relay).
The night wasn't done after her gold medal. A favorite in the 200m IM, Hosszu set an Olympic record in prelims this morning in 2:07.45. An hour after her 100m back win in the evening, she took to the pool in the second heat of the 200m IM semifinals and swam a 2:08.13, good enough to earn a spot in tomorrow's final as the second seed. Only Great Britain's Siobhan-Marie O'Connor went faster (2:07.57).
A pair of Swedish Trojans also swam in the 200m IM prelims. Former All-American Stina Gardell finished 20th (2:14.41) while incoming freshman Louise Hansson was 29th (2:15.66).
In addition to Hosszu's 200m IM final Tuesday night, she will also have the 200m butterfly in the morning and likely a semifinal in the event in the evening. Additionally, four Trojan men are set to race in the 100m free prelims. The quartet includes redshirt juniors Santo Condorelli (Canada) and Dylan Carter (Trinidad and Tobago) as well as former teammates and NCAA champs Vladimir Morozov (Russia) and Cristian Quintero (Venezuela).