Another Double Delivered by Katinka Hosszu at USA Pro Series in Santa Clara

Katinka Hosszu flies high at every meet [Photo: Aniko Kovacs]

While Katinka Hosszu won two more events at the USA Swimming Pro Series in Santa Clara, Michael Phelps walked away with a victory in the 200 individual medley, an event in which he has won three straight Olympic crowns.

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While Katinka Hosszu won two more events at the USA Swimming Pro Series in Santa Clara, Michael Phelps walked away with a victory in the 200 individual medley, an event in which he has won three straight Olympic crowns.

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TommyL

42 days left until Kazan… way too many.

Ca$$inka business as usual. I kind of like that picture. It is like saying “…I rule here…”.

I wonder whether MP will be able to post a time at US Open which would virtually make him World champion (100fly? 200im?).

Looong looong 7 weeks ahead of us.

Bad Anon

Quite so TommyL.

aswimfan

Hosszu’s swims will be very very interesting to watch in Kazan
Will she make any drop? how much?
I can’t imagine she’ll make as much drop as, say, Missy Franklin.

SprinterSA

The cogs are turning, Phelps starting to show some teeth.

A few area’s of concern:

Those turns need some work. Firstly, we are not seeing the old Phelps, who was able to time his turns into the wall, this is something that will develop. Also, what appeared to be a slightly quicker frequency turning over, than usual.

Most noticeable for me was the hang time on the walls, and what looked like the big old piano falling.

The commentators talked about a big load of work that was done, and it seems as if there is another block of that coming before nationals, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he did swim this at nationals and go around 1:54. He firstly has nothing to lose, and he is still the world record holder.

The Phelpsian era has not ended yet.

TommyL

According to Bob B. Michael is working harder than last year. Whether he will benefit from this hard work we will only learn in August. I expect some quality times from him.

If he does not deliver the target times only he and BB have in mind I think they will re-evaluate his training regime. Lets not forget Michael is turning 30 next week so his body needs more time for recovery than 3-4 yrs ago.

Bad Anon

I think Hosszu will drop time in the 200fly, her 2.08 ,does not compare well to the other other events. I think she’s very close to going under 4.30 this summer

aswimfan

Well after swimming 4:31s week in week out like it’s nothing, it will be a huge let down if Hosszu does not swim sub 4:30 in Kazan.

TommyL

As the 400im is the last individual event in Kazan I would not be surprised if she does not even dips under 4:32. Swimming 8 days in a row is not going to be easy even for the Iron Lady. I know she has done it in 2013 although I do not remember her schedule back then.

Bad Anon

Though I’d concede having 400IM at the end of the schedule won’t help Hosszu’s cause but in Rio its almost a no brainer that 4.29 will be required to medal; Belmonte, Ye , Miley, Biesel all with a shot at the Olympic podium for the long medley

easyspeed

I don’t really get Hosszu. It’s good that she swims well in season and gets $, but Olympics and Worlds are the two biggest events in the sport. Re: the former she hasn’t done anything. Is this strategy done on purpose? Rest a bit for the pro series meets and others? Or is that just the way she trains, kind of a usrpt style where you (supposedly) can swim fast all the time but don’t get much out of taper.

easyspeed

Is she figuring, “Well, an Olympic gold is hard to get, maybe it’s better to just make money in smaller meets.”

Craig Lord

easyspeed, there is a distinct difference in the post and pre-2012 seasons in the way Katinka Hosszu has approached her career, with the bulk of her best times (and all of them in textile) and best performances (multiple swims) clocked 2013 to now (some of that very marked improvement across a wide range of events): there’s been a clear break in the journey from her early career in Hungary and leaving the USA with her now coach and husband. So, in that sense, Rio 2016, while her 3rd Olympics, may be like watching a different swimmer – or not… time will tell.

Haakon schram stokke

I understand Hosszu and her coach/husband have been very explicit about achieving financial independency with an expressed objective of making USD 1 million in price money. Goal achieved I understand. Coming from Hungary might expain the strong focus on the financial aspects of the sport up until today. I think her ability to perform at world class level in multiple events throughout the year is absolutely awsome and very difficult to comprehend how it is possible at all. Yes, this strategy may come at a cost, i.e. she was beaten by Belmonte twice at the 2014 European Championships in 200 fly and 400 IM, but still performed at world class level, despite carrying out a brutal schedule even at that meet. She will not be a pushover come Worlds and next year’s Olympics!

Bad Anon

I will concur that an Olympic gold is hard to get, its hard to come up with a list of 5swimmers who have won 3individual gold in one Olympic games, a handful will win double gold 50/100 100/200 200/400 etc. Hosszu has great potential but if she doesn’t play her cards right like Katie Hoff ,she’ll have a fantastic worlds in Kazan and leave Rio with ZERO Olympic gold (though an Olympic medal of any colour will be enough to secure her legacy )

Craig Lord

Haakon, Mireia B beat Katinka Hosszu in 400IM at world s/c champs last year; Katinka H was European 400IM champion. (and several women had brutal schedules, Belmonte starting her campaign with bronze in the 5km open water)

luigi

sprinterSa, Phelps’ turns were terrible on the 200 fly (and I guess the 200 IM – didn’t see that), but were quite good on the 200 free. What was missing there was the strong flutter kick, but I think it will come back. However I can’t count the times I have heard Phelps saying that he missed the turn, even when he was at his best. I guess it’s not something that comes naturally to him like other things.

easyspeed

Thank you for the replies above. I guess we will have to see. Makes me happy that a swimmer can make big money in the sport and not be an accomplished Olympian. Prior to pro swimming, the OG were all you could hope for. And getting some college tuition paid for.

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