Stepping Out Of The Shadows, Katinka Hosszu Mines Gold In The 100 Backstroke

Katinka HOSSZU of Hungary celebrates a New World Record after competing in the women's 400m Individual Medley (IM) Final
Katinka HOSSZU of Hungary celebrates a New World Record after competing in the women's 400m Individual Medley (IM) Final

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu captured her second gold medal of the Games, this time going 58.45 in the 100 backstroke, an event she didn’t even contest four years ago in London.

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beachmouse

Hope that Baker can keep her medical problems under control. Crohns is nasty stuff, and it’s amazing she’s gotten as far as she has despite the GI issues.

Seebholm- health problems or choked again?

aswimfan

Let me repeat, Hosszu can win FIVE INDIVIDUAL gold medals.

She must be both the most talented female swimmer ever + hardest worker ever + mentally toughest ever.

Craig Lord

Must be, asf

commonwombat

Can only echo that from personal experience, Mouse. It’s nasty on its own but often “cohabits” with other GI issues.

With Seebohm, maybe some suggestion of “self-sabotage” but that was probably set in train several months ago with this meet merely the culmination.

aswimfan

I agree on Seebohm. Already during the trials I read some reports out of Australia that she had not trained as hard as last year.

Bad Anon

Hosszu as tough as nails… Huge PB for O’Connor 2.07.57 for top seed in the shorter IM…. Phelps looking vulnerable… Kenderesi looking strong…

Bad Anon

On Seebohm; her successful Kazan showing was her biggest undoing… And after Missy failed to qualify she probably thought gold was in the bag… 6 swimmers under 59 in the 100back, 6 swimmers under 53 for men… A very fast meet! And tomorrow Ledecky will be racing perhaps the toughest race of her career…. Sjostrom looking tough…

commonwombat

Yes, we cannot know that this IS the truth and I really hope that it ISN’T because if true; it reeks of a completely unconscionable lack of professionalism !

Swimming is NOT the only sport “in the gun” with regards to lack of AUS performance at these Games. There is a very real possibility (maybe 40-50% atm) that NZL will kick AUS’ hindquarters when it comes to gold at these Games …. and this is a team maybe 45% the size of AUS.

The razor gang is likely to be out when it comes to federal funding post Rio … state bodies are already shutting programs. Swimming has probably been “safe” in the past but the case for the defence at this point is looking shaky

ITR

Well, maybe not the most talented but by far the hardest worker and toughest mentally, there is no doubt. You just cannot normally train and race this much for years straight unless you are a total maniac.

Tony McKinnon

There is something very wrong in the Australian swimming camp. Swimmers are producing creditable heat times but completely stuffing up the late night semis and finals. Three swimmers admitted tonight that they were not in the right head space for the finals intensity – Alice Couttd, Emily Seebohm and Emma McKewon all stated in their post finals/semis on air TV interviews that they were not in the right frame of mind for finals, on today’s and yesterday’s results you could add James Roberts, Grant Irvine and Mitch Larkim to that list. Some one in the Australian camp needs to look at the Psych preparation of the entire team and do some inspiring work quick before Rio starts to rival London as a massive disaster in terms of performance and attitude. The coaching staff need to act quickly given their responsibility to the nation that has provided significant funding for the preparation of this team.

aswimfan

I think the Australian swim team arrived too early in Rio.
In london, they arrived in London two days earlier than the Americans.
In Rio, they arrived one day earlier.

As a large team, the earlier they arrive in the olympics village, the more potential problems that can happen.
In London, it was all the antics and hazing by the sprinters.
Here, as reported by media, the were complaining about quality of training pool, and then about Horton/Yang altercation.
There could also be other little problems that we don’t know of that could drain mental energy and don’t put you in the right mind.

Either this, or it’s just that some swimmers are just chokers.

Tony McKinnon

Aswimfan you make some good points above, I think the problem is too widespread simply to put it down to choking, you could add Tamsyn Cook, Jess Attwood, Tommy F- H, Josh Beaver and others to the names above. Swimmers are getting to S-F and F than not producing the goods despit reasonable heat swims I t is obviously a systems failure which the management not the swimmers need to take responsibility for and act tonight to stop the rot before we end up with a second Olympic disaster in a row. Perhaps the team was taken away to early the best way to prepare a individual athlete is to keep them in their usual routine for as long as possible – the Auburn experiment obviously hasn’t worked. If you have to conduct a camp do it domestically – eg the old Townsville trick although that only worked for Melbourne despite the fact they hung on to the idea for 20 odd years after Melbourne. As I and others have said repeatedly Australia has a problem with peaking for big events. Perhaps we need to follow the US in conducting our trials 3 weeks out from the major events. Suzi O’Neil advocated this after London and got flack for it I think it is time to revisit the ideas at least once to see if it works. The US coaches are able to maintain the taper of their swimmers over a four week period – Australian coaches should be able to do the same or be prepared to learn from our American colleagues. What ever the solution the present management need to do something drastic before the next finals session.

Ger

Aussies having ‘early’ trials did no harm for Kazan. Everyone else has earlier trials, or none at all.

commonwombat

Some very valid points but I’ll add some additional spice to the mix.

My view is that they’ve also got caught up in playing the media game by running to the media with every little niggle beforehand … which more often than not just magnifies what are often just irritants & ends up prolonging what should just be brushed aside.

As in London, race skills have been found out under pressure. In all honesty, a major problem for too many years has been that Australians do not race enough & when they do, they do not race hard enough.

All too often through history, too many leading Australians have “begged off” swimming short course or have whined like infants about having to do so. And how many of them, great names amongst them, have missed out on World/Olympic titles they could/should have won due to inadequacy on starts and turns ?

This may also be controversial but I DO think AUS coaches also need to be dragged out of their “cocoons” and readjust THEIR mindsets. Whilst it may be difficult for some current leading coaches to step away from their current positions, maybe some of the next rung could do well to go broaden their horizons and look at postings in Europe and/or US collegiate.

commonwombat

Ger, I have to disagree re early Trials. In Kazan, the AUS performance was butressed by 3 individuals earnign “doubles”. Outside of that, the bulk of the squad under-performed as against Trials times.

What’s happened here is that 2 of those 3 are “off” and what do we have ?

Changing Trials dates is by not means a “one stop shop” solution but it may be advantageous NOT to have your swimmers having to go through 2 separate preparations in the one year.

beachmouse

While it doesn’t work 100% of the time, USAS has long put an emphasis on creating an international team culture that is both very positive and holds athletes accountable for performance. I wish USAS didn’t just randomly remove stuff from their web site because I remember a long ago article there where their Goodwill Games squad found themsleves in an utterly shambolic situation in Russia that led them to all singing the chorus of the Lion King song on the shuttle to an from the pool- someone would shout out some frustration with the meet and the rest would be singing “Hakuna matata”- ‘no worries’- leave the problem on the shuttle bus instead of in the pool where everyone from every other country there would face the same issues.

The refusal of USAS to condemn late finals was also likely not so much because of concern of offending NBC but rather trying to reinforce the ‘no excuses’ mindset they want from a squad.

aswimfan

CW,
I’ve always believed that Australians need to race more, especially in this quadrennial.

How many times has James Roberts/James Magnussen/Chalmers actually raced hard in the last two years?
Compared that to Dressel and Held who raced hard almost every other week.

Maybe Hosszu’s example is too extreme, but at least a half dozen quality meets would be good. Even Sjostrom this year has criss-crossed Europe in order to sharpen race skills.

beachmouse

And when you’re talking the NCAA system, not only do you race a lot, you’re also racing when you’re tired and things aren’t right and you did a 4K morning practice earlier in the day, and you’re still expected to perform well in decidedly less than perfect conditions. Good for the head to learn how to handle a bit of adversity and all.

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