Exhausted Katinka Hosszu Closes Out Bergen Swim Festival With 3 More Titles

Photo Courtesy: Katinka Hosszu

BERGEN, Norway, May 25. IT’s been a bit of a frustrating week for the Hungarian Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu as she drew her first disqualification in years during the Bergen Swim Festival last night. But, she still managed to close out the short course meter meet in fine fashion with three more wins to run her gold-medal tally to seven.

Katinka Hosszu topped the field in the women’s 400-meter freestyle with a 4:06.26, while Julia Aglund Lauridsen finished second in 4:07.54. Cecilie Johannessen placed third overall in the event with a 4:12.97. Hosszu followed up with another victory, this time in the women’s 200-meter IM. She posted a 2:14.03. That’s a far cry from her world record of 2:03.20 from the Eindhoven stop of the World Cup last year, but with the load Hosszu is carrying this week it was still enough to hold off Julie Lauridsen’s second-place 2:14.86. Sofie Reisenen took third in 2:18.87.

Jennie Johanssen won the women’s 50-meter breast knockouts with a 30.80 against Rikke Moller Pedersen’s second-place time of 30.83. That’s in line with last year’s rankings as Johansson finished just ahead of Pedersen, 29.80 to 29.87, to rank fifth and sixth in the world rankings a year ago. Katinka Hosszu finished third in the 50 breast knockouts with a 31.68.

Hosszu won her third title of the day, just missing the Hungarian record in the women’s 50-meter back as she clocked a 27.09 in the knockout finale. Mie Nielsen touched second in 27.56 with Michelle Coleman placing third in 27.57.

Jeanette Ottesen blitzed the field in the women’s 100-meter fly with a 56.29. That’s not far off her third-ranked season best of 55.94 from last year in the Berlin World Cup. Hosszu picked up another podium with a second-place time of 59.41, while Monica Johannessen finished third in 1:00.32.

Pedersen picked up the women’s 200-meter breaststroke title in 2:19.49, smoking the rest of the field in the process. Johansson had to settle for second after winning the 50-meter knockout earlier in the evening as she posted a 2:25.94 in the longer distance event. Hosszu continued to demonstrate her versatility with a third-place time of 2:30.43.

Michelle Coleman closed out the women’s swims with a 52.85 in the women’s 100-meter free. Pernile Blume (53.06) and Cecilie Johannessen (54.63) took second and third, while Hosszu managed fourth overall in 54.68.

Faroese’ Pal Joensen finally had a day to swim his longer distance events and he had a strong day at that. He won the men’s 400-meter freestyle in 3:45.45, while Anton Ipsen took a close second in 3:45.90. Henrik Christiansen finished third in 3:46.05. Daniel Skaaning finished at the top of the men’s 200-meter IM with a 1:58.63, while Simon Sjodin placed second in 1:59.29. Viktor Bromer rounded out the sub-2:00 swims with a third-place 1:59.52.

Daniel Gyurta checked in with another breatstroke victory in the men’s 50-meter breaststroke knockouts. He won in 28.24 with Bram Dekker taking second in 28.64. Niklas Tour was disqualified in the finale. Gyurta doubled up with a 2:04.51 in the men’s 200-meter breaststroke, while Henrik Christiansen took second in 2:19.04 and Simen Dale placed third in 2:25.32.

Ralf Tribuntsov raced his way to the men’s 50-meter knockout title in 24.58 with Magnus Jakupsson taking second in 25.08. Alexander Nystrom wound up third in 25.72. Tribuntsov then picked up a second win with a 48.91 in the men’s 100-meter free. Martti Aljand (49.93) and Alexander Nystro m(50.09) finished second and third.

Daniel Andersen won the men’s 100-meter fly in 53.26 with Viktor Bromer taking second in 53.64. Martti Aljand rounded out the top three in 53.74.

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Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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