The Battlelines of Budapest: Can Anyone Muscle In On Born-Again Hosszu At Home?

The muscle in the medley - Katinka Hosszu - by Patrick B. Kraemer

The World Championships are underway in Budapest as pool swimmers make their final preparations for eight days of racing from July 23. Our look at the champions and challengers turns to the women. We start with medley and the realm of Katinka Hosszu, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, Mireia Belmonte, Hannah Miley and Japan’s breaker of the season, Yui Ohashi, with Sydney Pickrem, Mary-Sophie Harvey and Leah Smith rising.

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The World Championships are underway in Budapest as pool swimmers make their final preparations for eight days of racing from July 23. Our look at the champions and challengers turns to the women. We start with medley and the realm of Katinka Hosszu, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, Mireia Belmonte, Hannah Miley and Japan’s breaker of the season, Yui Ohashi, with Sydney Pickrem, Mary-Sophie Harvey and Leah Smith rising.

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Bad Anon

When Hosszu swam 2.06.15 in the 200medley, it was called off the charts. When O’Connor swam 2.06.88, it was called a great effort… There are swimmers who do what the world has ever seen. Peaty’s 57.13 is a classic example… Hosszu might be on the wrong side of 25 but she clearly does differently from the rest. She races more than the rest and it might be a case of all her race practice paying off… As long as she passed doping tests, I will call her a clean athlete until there is alternative evidence… To selectively call out certain swimmers as potential cheats while the likes of Peaty get only very positive coverage after an “off the chart” 57.13wr is clearly double standards…. Neither athlete failed a drugs test but I am sure Peaty’s performance can be rationalised and. explained by science while Hosszu who clearly has a unique training schedule known to all is labeled otherwise. She deserves the benefit of the doubt, Darra Torres too won Olympic silver at 40, not so and Federer just became the oldest Wimbledon champion… Let’s be more objective and less judgemental please… Perhaps Federer too must be scrutinised closely for winning Wimbledon at 35?????

Craig Lord

You give her whatever benefit of whatever doubt you have in mind, Bad Anon. I will keep penning the details of a unique profile that is unlike O’Connor, Peaty and any other swimmer you care to mention. No question. Your suggested comparisons don’t work. I don’t see Peaty entering the top 10 in the world on the majority of strokes and distances at any given point in a season over 25 years of age, when his pre-25 profile looked nothing like that. Sorry, there is a huge difference between these things. Your interpretation of what that may mean is up to you. As for positive tests, no East German ever tested positive for anything (officially), nor did Le Jingyi nor many of her fellow ‘Golden Flowers’. Not KH’s fault nor that of any other athlete – but none of them are protected by ‘never tested positive’ for we all know that that has meant nothing in the history of the sport (and many others – Armstrong etc al). We also know what Rodchenkov is telling us in a story next to this one, after having revealed what he got up to in official labs at Winter Olympics etc: the system is open to the kind of manipulation that tells us we cannot trust “see, never tested positive”. That argument died quite a while ago, sadly.

Ger

It’s very disrespectful and self serving to use the names of other swimmers to further one’s own cause which Hosszu has done, especially as they hadn’t signed up to her new group as she suggested. It’s all sour grapes selfishness. Interesting to read Pellegrini’s comments, and most welcome they are.
I don’t see how you can look at KH’s performances and not ask questions, unless she is in fact from Mars. And then she’s tearing up contracts in a PR stunt before the Hungarian media, and moaning about FINA’s new world cup rules and saying it’s not about her; that she’s doing it for the wider swimming comunity. Give me a break. She has a big ego, and she wants everything to change for her.

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