W200 ‘Fly: Japan’s Natsumi Hoshi Comes From Behind For Japan’s First Ever Gold

Natsumi Hoshi - gold at last. And a silver lining for Cammile Adams

Charging by her foes over the final lap, Japan’s Natsumi Hoshi picked up the first gold medal of her international career.

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Charging by her foes over the final lap, Japan’s Natsumi Hoshi picked up the first gold medal of her international career.

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Great that Ms. Hoshi won the 200m butterfly. She’s been on the verge of winning this race for a long time. Also great Ms. Brianna Throsell, with a great time and the 4th position. Finally, and not passing judgement (I’m sure there must be good reasons for doing it), but I really strongly dislike the esthetics of the butterfly stroke when swimmers breathe with their head to the side, sort of as in freestyle, except that at the same time they completely separate their face from the water.

aswimfan

Finally, the one with the most pleasing technique wins!

It’s getting harder to say that these days as more and more swimmers are relying more on strength/power and/or endurance.

morgan

Hoshu was the favorite but this time in Barcelona would not be on the podium. 2.05.56 is a very affordable time. If Belmonte had swam this race she would have won easily.

aswimfan

Yes, Belmonte was actually strong favorite (along with Liuyang) to win this. Hoshi was the second tier favorite.

But Belmonte was killing her body doing open water and stuff while still injured. Too bad. I hope she gets healthy soon and win gold in Rio.

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