Hosszu Wins Silver In 200m Back, Claims Amazing Fourth Individual Medal|
Aug. 12, 2016
Katinka Hosszu won a silver medal in the 200m back on Friday night (Aug. 12) at the 2016 Rio Games and, combined with her three earlier golds, has now established a USC-record with four individual medals in one Olympics.
Hosszu perhaps felt the effects of a long meet tonight as she was caught at the wall by Stanford star Madeline Dirado. Hosszu led for most of the race, including by almost half a second with 50 meters to go.
But Dirado was able to chase her down and won in 2:05.99 to Hosszu’s 2:06.05. Hosszu had earlier this meet won gold medals in the 200m and 400m IM and the 100m back.
Her four individual medals topped former Trojan post-grad Janet Evans, who won the the 400m and 800m free and the 400m IM in 1988.
Hosszu’s four medals are also the most won by a Trojan in one Olympiad since John Naber won five in 1976 (three individually, two on relays).
Also on Friday, USC volunteer coach Anthony Ervin stunned the crowd by capturing the 50m freestyle in 21.40, edging defending champ Florent Manaudou of France by 0.01. Ervin’s gold comes 16 years after he won the race at the 2000 Olympics.