European Championships: Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu Doubles During Day Three Prelims

Photo Courtesy: Joao Marc Bosch

BERLIN, Germany, August 19. The Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu turned in an amazing double this morning as she continues her epic 10-event journey here at the European Championships.

Scheduled Events

  • Men’s 200 fly
  • Women’s 200 IM
  • Men’s 200 breast
  • Women’s 100 back
  • Men’s 50 back
  • Women’s 800 free



Men’s 200 fly

Photo Courtesy: Pia Ellegaard Mortensen

Photo Courtesy: Pia Ellegaard Mortensen

Denmark’s Viktor Bromer wasted little time breaking his own Danish record as he raced his way to a sizzling 1:55.43 to lead the 200 fly this morning. The swim clipped the 1:55.59 Bromer set at the Danish Nationals, but did not leapfrog Pawel Korzeniowski into sixth in the world.

Bromer’s Splits:

25.74 (1) 55.07 (1)
29.33 1:24.55 (1)
29.48 1:55.43

Russia’s Evgeny Koptelov (1:56.37) and Hungary’s Bence Biczo (1:56.63) took second and third behind Bromer, with Bromer looking to be well ahead of the pack. Belgium’s Louis Croenen also posted a 1:56 with a 1:56.66 for fourth in the morning.

Italy’s Francesco Pavone (1:57.15), Matteo Pelizzari (1:57.67), Russia’s Alexander Kudasehv (1:57.70) and Greece’s Stefanos Dimitriadis (1:57.77) rounded out the top half of the semifinalist field.

Spain’s Carlos Peralta Gallego (1:57.78), Great Britain’s Cameron Brodie (1:57.81), Belgium’s Egon van der Straeten (1:58.11), Romania’s Alexandru Coci (1:58.15), Korzeniowski (1:58.29), France’s Jordan Coelho (1:58.36), Greece’s Konstantinos Markozis (1:58.48) and Slovenia’s Robert Zbogar (1:58.55) also moved on to the semis.

Russia’s Nikolay Skvortsov was a surprise two-per-country victim with his 11th-place 1:57.93 not moving on.

Women’s 200 IM

Mar 31, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Katinka Hosszu wins the women's 200 meter butterfly during the championship final at the Indianapolis Grand Prix at the Indiana University Natatorium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Courtesy: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu continued her remarkable 10-event meet by moving through to semis in her fourth event thus far. Already a winner in the 400-meter IM, Hosszu clocked a 2:11.06 to crush the field this morning. That’s nearly Hosszu’s best this year, just off her eighth-ranked 2:10.60 from the Maria Lenk Trophy meet.

Hosszu’s Splits:

28.07 (1) 1:01.44 (1)
33.37 1:39.83 (1)
38.39 2:11.06

The rest of the pack had a bit more reserved of a morning.  Austria’s Lisa Zaiser (2:13.18), Great Britain’s Aimee Willmott (2:13.28), Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia (2:13.60) and Czech’s Barbora Zavadova (2:13.90) all turned in 2:13s to finish second through fifth.

Hungary’s Evelyn Verraszto (2:14.03), Russia’s Viktoriya Andreeva (2:14.09) and Spain’s Beatriz Gomez Cortes (2:14.16) also made it into the top eight.

The Netherlands’ Wendy van den Zanden (2:14.61), Sweden’s Stina Gardell (2:14.61), Sweden’s Louise Hansson (2:14.86), Italy’s Stefania Pirozzi (2:15.26), Ireland’s Sycreika McMahon (2:15.46), Russia’s Victoria Malyutina (2:15.85), Israel’s Amit Ivri (2:15.94) and Portugal’s Victoria Kaminskaya (2:16.07) also picked up spots in the semis.

Two-per-country victims were Russia’s Yana Martynova (15th – 2:15.90), Spain’s Catalina Corro Lorente (17th – 2:16.06).

Men’s 200 breast

Photo Courtesy: Joao Marc Bosch

Photo Courtesy: Joao Marc Bosch

Although the British breaststroke contingent has certainly earned top honors so far this week, Germany’s Marco Koch had a little something extra for them this morning with a 2:09.11 to lead the way. It wasn’t his fifth-ranked 2:08.43 from the Monte Carlo stop of the Mare Nostrum, but it was plenty enough to stand on top of prelims.

Koch’s Splits:

29.31 (1) 1:02.23 (1)
32.92 1:35.62 (1)
33.39 2:09.11

Great Britain’s Andrew Willis put up the only other sub-2:10 of the morning with a 2:09.91, just off his 11th-ranked 2:09.85 from British Nationals.

Russia’s Ilya Khomenko (2:10.78), Great Britain’s Ross Murdoch (2:11.15), Lithuania’s Giedrius Titenis (2:11.83), Russia’s Kirill Prigoda (2:11.92), Luxembourg’s Laurent Carnol (2:12.34) and Italy’s Luca Pizzini (2:12.44) comprise the rest of the top eight headed through to semis.

Poland’s Mikolaj Machnik (2:12.56), Finland’s Matti Mattsson (2:12.75), Uraine’s Dmytro Oseledets (2:13.35), France’s Thomas Dahlia (2:13.59), Switzerland’s Yannick Kaeser (2:13.87), Sweden’s Erik Persson (2:13.90), Spain’s Melquiades Alvarez (2:14.10) and France’s Quentin Coton (2:14.21) will also contend in the semis.

The two-per-country victims in the event were highly ranked with eighth-place Adam Peaty of Great Britain (2:12.40), 10th-place Grigory Falko of Russia (2:12.47), and 13th-place Alexander Palatov of Russia (2:13.14) all missing out on semis.  Peaty is the big surprise as he’s ranked eighth in the world with a 2:09.40 from British Nationals.

Women’s 100 back

Photo Courtesy: Mike Comer/

Photo Courtesy: Mike Comer/

The Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu kept on piling on the surprising swims as she topped the 100-meter backstroke prelims with a 1:00.08 for her fifth event of the week. She has at least made it through to semis in every single event thus far, along with winning the 400-meter IM. Her time tonight is just half-a-second off her sixth-ranked 59.64 from the Charlotte stop of the Arena Grand Prix.

Hosszu’s Splits:

29.47 (3) 1:00.08

Denmark’s Mie Nielsen hit the wall second overall in 1:00.13 with Great Britain’s Georgia Davies (1:00.32), Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina (1:00.80), Italy’s Carlotta Zofkova (1:00.83), Great Britain’s Elizabeth Simmonds (1:00.92), and Czech’s Simona Baumrtova (1:00.98) also clearing 1:01 this morning.

Sweden’s Ida Lindborg (1:01.14), Russia’s Daria Ustinova (1:01.24), Italy’s Arianna Barbieri (1:01.40), Germany’s Jenny Mensing (1:01.52), Spain’s Duane Da Rocha Marce (1:01.59), Germany’s Lisa Graf (1:01.67), Finland’s Mimosa Jallow (1:02.26), Croatia’s Sanja Jovanovic (1:02.30) and France’s Justine Ress (1:02.34) all earned transfer spots to semis as well.

No one fell victim to the two-per-country rule in this event.

Men’s 50 back

Rob Schumacher - USA Today Sports

Rob Schumacher – USA Today Sports

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

A pair of 24.99s went up on the board to lead prelims of the sprint backstroke this morning.  The Sizzling Siberian Vlad Morozov and Israel’s Guy Barnea both clocked in with 24.99s in the sprint. Morozov definitely has more in the tank as he’s ranked second in the world with a 24.52 from Russian Nationals, while Barnea moved to 17th in the world with his swim.  The event certainly was missing Camille Lacourt’s top-ranked 24.37 from French Nationals as he withdrew from the meet due to an injury.

France’s Jeremy Stravius (25.04), Germany’s Nicolas Graesser (25.15) and Russia’s Nikita Ulyanov (25.22) finished third through fifth, while Russia’s Sergey Fesikov lost a sixth-place 25.28 due to the two-per-country rule.

Great Britain’s Christopher Walker-Hebborn (25.29), Italy’s Stefano Pizzamiglio (25.30), Italy’s Niccolo Bonacchi (25.30), Spain’s Juan Miguel Rando Galvez (25.33), The Netherlands’ Jesse Puts (25.44), Israel’s Jonatan Kopelev (25.45), Spain’s Miguel Ortiz (25.55), Belarus’ Pavel Sankovich (25.57), The Netherlands’ Bastiaan Lijesen (25.65), Norway’s Lavrans Solli (25.65) and Belarus’ Viktar Staselovich (25.69) also sprinted their way into semis.

Women’s 800 free

Photo Courtesy: British Swimming

Photo Courtesy: British Swimming

Great Britain’s Jazz Carlin smoked the rest of the preliminary swimmers with a sizzling 8:22.70 this morning to set up a strong finals heat.  She will undoubtedly go much faster in the finale as she’s the second-ranked swimmer in the world with an 8:18.11 from the Commonwealth Games.  Whether she contends with Katie Ledecky’s ridiculously-fast world record of 8:11.00 from earlier this summer is another story.

Carlin’s Splits:

29.19 (1)
29.19 1:00.62 (1)
31.43 1:32.05 (1)
31.43 2:03.65 (1)
31.60 2:35.02 (1)
31.37 3:06.51 (1)
31.49 3:38.07 (1)
31.56 4:09.77 (1)
31.36 4:41.32 (1)
31.55 5:12.98 (1)
31.66 5:44.49 (1)
31.51 6:16.39 (1)
31.90 6:47.86 (1)
31.47 7:19.68 (1)
31.82 7:51.34 (1)
31.66 31.70 8:22.70

Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia took second in prelims with an 8:25.22, just a bit off her sixth-ranked season best of 8:23.45, while defending champion Boglarka Kapas of Hungary finished third in 8:28.87.

The Netherlands’ Sharon Rouwendaal (8:31.02), Germany’s Sarah Koehler (8:31.03), Denmark’s Lotte Friis (8:31.04), Slovenia’s Tjasa Oder (8:31.14) and Italy’s Martina Caramignoli (8:32.58) will also compete in the championship heat.

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