W200IM: Katinka Hosszu Beats Untouchable WR in 200 Medley With 2:06.12 Blast

Katinka Hosszu by Patrick B. Kraemer

Hungarian Katinka Hosszu did the unthinkable when she broke the world record in the 200 individual medley behind a time of 2:06.12, better than the shiny-suit standard of 2:06.15 by Ariana Kukors in Rome in 2009.

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Hungarian Katinka Hosszu did the unthinkable when she broke the world record in the 200 individual medley behind a time of 2:06.12, better than the shiny-suit standard of 2:06.15 by Ariana Kukors in Rome in 2009.

Comments

DDias

What a race!
She was in another league in the whole race!

aswimfan

Finally Kanako Watanabe won her first major medal. Who knew it would be in 200 IM instead of 200 breast. It won’t be the last I’m sure. I remember 5 years ago at swimmingworld we were pegging her as the next japanese superstar.

easyspeed

WOW! Very happy for Katinka, who has really been putting in the work in an attempt to step up her game. Was worried she might just be a small meet swimmer, but this proves she is the real deal!

for33

Spectacular win for Ms. Hosszu. Ms. O’Connor could not hold on to her, and faded at the end. Amazing performance by Ms. Watanabe. May I’m wrong, by wasn’t she also in the second semifinal of the 100m breaststroke? Did she qualify?

JMott76

Swim of the meet so far. Has to be (even over Sjostrom’s stellar efforts). Only a Ledecky sub-8:10 or Campbell sub-52 would compare.

The mind went back to the ludicrous Rome final, Kukors hammering out that almost-beyond-belief mark. Halfway down today’s end lap, with the WR finally creeping ahead, I thought: “Game over”…… but no! She clung, and clung, and clung… and then nailed her finish, in so doing achieving one of the most important records we’ll see in our lifetimes.

HUGE respect to Katinka Hosszu! Slayed the dragon!

Personal Best

What happened behind her was also as impressive… 3 others sub 2:09 in the final. #nosupersuits :p

She’s far ahead at the moment but I think some of these swimmers will be getting a little bit closer next year.

aswimfan

for33,

Yes, 15 minutes earlier Watanabe swam in 100 breast and qualified to final in 1:06.64

Since Pedersen seems to be regressing, I hope Watanabe will provide tough resistance to Efimova in the 200 breast. Judging by her 200 IM, Watanabe should drop her PB to 2:19low or under which means going under current WR.

Also, this 200 IM final is scary fast. A 2:08 by Dirado and not even medaled? Are you kidding me.

aswimfan

roy,

It is almost inevitable Ledecky will go sub 8:10 in Kazan. Compared to her 400 and 1,500 WRs, her 800 is still sub-par. The question is by how much she will go under 8:10

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