2013worldsspeedo Katinka Hosszu
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BARCELONA, Spain, July 28. THE last year has been a bit of a tale of two cities for Hungary's Katinka Hosszu and China's Ye Shiwen, and the two are set to collide during the women's 200-meter IM at the FINA World Championships.

After her gold medal and world record performances at the 2012 London Olympics, the defending 2011 200 IM champion took to the shadows with just a few headlines gracing the pages this past year as she did what she had to do to make the Chinese team for Barcelona.

Hosszu, on the other hand, has dominated the headlines like nearly no other swimmer has done before as she is on the forefront of the new age of professional swimming. Even though she has an apparel contract with Arena, Hosszu has been extremely active. Not only did she win loads of cash as the FINA World Cup Queen last year, she routinely competes in money meets throughout the world with some insane schedules that sometimes include swimming in every single event.

During finals, the two will have a chance to see just what type of preparation has the most validity as Hosszu clocked a 2:08.59 to lead the way, while Ye took second into finals with a 2:09.12. Hosszu had already clocked a 2:08.45 this morning to lead the world, while Ye just missed her third-ranked 2:09.08 from Chinese Nationals.

Australia's Alicia Coutts, just 30 minutes since making the 100 fly finale, took third with a 2:10.06 to lock down a difficult double tomorrow night. And, she still has relay duty left this evening. Coutts will be looking to overtake Ye, who she finished second to at the 2011 World Championships.

Great Britain's Sophie Allen (2:10.23), Spain's Mireia Belmonte Garcia (2:10.66), Australia's Emily Seebohm (2:10.70), USA's Caitlin Leverenz (2:11.05) and Hosszu's wingwoman for the bulk of her prolific swim schedules Zsuzsanna Jakabos (2:11.21) all earned transfer spots into the finale.

Results: FINA World Championships: Women's 200 IM Semis

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