W 200 ‘Fly Semis: Elusive Gold Medal Within Reach of Japan’s Natsumi Hoshi

Natsumi Hoshi

Japan’s Natsumi Hoshi secured the top seed in the 200 butterfly, where she’ll be chasing her first international gold medal.

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Japan’s Natsumi Hoshi secured the top seed in the 200 butterfly, where she’ll be chasing her first international gold medal.

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aswimfan

I hope Hoshi wins tomorrow.

beachmouse

Katinka went to the well once too often and it finally caught up with her. Odds would have been far better for her to win 200 fly gold than the 200 free gold, but the 200 free final just left her way too gassed to swim it like she can at her best and put her outside looking in.

The American announcers have also been timing the gaps for the short turnaround swimmers, and she only had about 20 minutes between races, compared to Ledecky’s more generous 30 between 1500 final and 200 free semis.

Chris Dolan

I would like Hoshi to win but this race is hard to call there are no real superstars in this race. Would not be surprised who wins

Felix Sanchez

Hosszu gave up a good medal chance in the 100back, and it worked out when she set that fantastic WR; however, swimming the 200 free has to now count as a scheduling mistake.

aswimfan

swimming three rounds of very fast 200 free (can’t coast in this deep field) and then swimming 200 fly finally took a toll on her.

I agree with everyone who says she should just swim 200/400 IM and 100/200 back next year.

beachmouse

Without Belmonte and the two big Chinese guns, the 200 fly was so ripe for her taking this year. It’s as relatively weak/competitive of a field as you get in a women’s individual race in Kazan.

Verram

Disappointing that Maddy Groves missed the final by not swimming into 2:07s territory.. Several of Australia’s swimmers seemed to have missed their taper (or big occasion nerves). Namely Groves, both McKeons, Irvine, Morgan, Mel Wright and the list goes on

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