Hosszu Picks Up Three More Wins To Close Out Luxembourg Euro Meet

LUXEMBOURG, February 9. KATINKA Hosszu wrapped up a grueling 16-event schedule at the long course Euro Meet today with six more races, while members of the German national team also impressed on the final day.

After winning three events on Saturday and two on Friday, the Hungarian posted three more to bring her total to eight this weekend. That’s eight wins over 16 races in three days.

Hosszu’s triple took place in the first three events to start the session, all in meet record time. She won the 50 back in 29.05 to just dip under the championship record of 29.06 swum by Italy’s Laura Letrari in 2012. Second and third place also broke 30 seconds, as Germany’s Laura Riedemann swam a 29.46 and Ekaterina Avramova posted a 29.83.

In the next women’s race, the 400 freestyle, Hosszu took down the 4:09.77 swum by Great Britain’s Caitlin McClatchey in 2012 with a 4:08.61. France’s Coralie Balmy hung with Hosszu for 300 meters but fell off the pace, placing second with a 4:10.41. France’s Charlotte Bonnet finished third with a 4:13.87.

Hosszu won the 100 fly with a 59.41 to beat Inge Dekker’s 59.45 from 2006. Israel’s Keren Siebner also dipped under the one-minute barrier with a 59.95 for second, while Daniela Schreiber was third in 1:00.83.

Sonnele Oeztuerk snapped Hosszu’s winning streak with a 2:11.74 victory in the 200 backstroke. The German just missed Daryna Zevina’s meet record of 2:11.67. Hosszu placed second in 2:13.04, with Chloe Hannam third in 2:15.72.

Germany took the top three spots in the women’s 100 breast, as Vanessa Grimberg touched first with a 1:09.21 ahead of Caroline Ruhnau’s 1:09.30 and Julia Willers’ 1:09.43. Hosszu, not known as world-class in breaststroke, finished 10th in the 10-person field with a 1:13.63.

Germany wrapped up women’s competition with the top two places in the 100 free. Annika Bruhn posted the victory with a 55.45, taking the lead after 50 meters from Dorothea Brandt, who settled for second with a 55.47. Clarissa Van Rheenen of the Netherlands took third in 55.99 while Hosszu closed out the meet with a fourth-place time of 56.43.

Laszlo Cseh posted the first men’s meet record of the day, taking down a 12-year-old mark of 52.80 by Ukrainian Andriy Serdinov in the 100 butterfly. Cseh, who surprised with a silver medal in the 100 fly at last summer’s world championships, beat Germany’s Steffen Deibler today with a 52.58. Deibler also broke the record with a runner-up time of 52.70 after leading at 50 meters by six tenths. Well back in third was Germany’s Philip Heintz with a 53.60.

Marco Koch of Germany and Lithuania’s Giedrius Titenis went stroke for stroke in the men’s 100 breast, with Koch taking the win with a 1:00.64. He lowered his own meet record of 1:01.09 from 2011. Titenis also beat the meet record with a runner-up time of 1:00.88. France’s Laurent Carnol was third with a 1:02.32.

Israel won both backstroke events on the men’s side, as Guy Barnea won the 50 in 25.48 over teammate Jonatan Kopelev’s 25.68. In the 200 backstroke, Yakov Toumarkin posted a 2:01.31 to beat Danas Rapsys’ 2:02.45 and David Foldhazi’s 2:03.16.

Velimir Stjepanovic held the lead in the 400 free final for 250 meters, but Damien Joly took over and posted the win with a 3:52.22. Stjepanovic settled for second with a 3:53.21 while Soeren Meissner was third with a 3:53.35.

Paul Biedermann wrapped up his return to competition with a 49l83 to win the 100 free. Israel’s David Gamburg was first at 50 meters with a 24.06, with Biedermann, the world record holder in the 200 and 400 freestyles, tied for eighth at 50 meters with a 24.70. Gamburg’s 49.94 placed second ahead of Steffen Deibler of Germany, who was third with a 49.96.

Koch’s 2:09.61 in the 200 breast was the top performance of the meet with 941 FINA points. Hosszu’s 8:29.42 in the 100 free was good enough for the second-best of the weekend with 912 FINA points.

Results For: Euro meet, day three

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Author: Jeff Commings

Jeff Commings is the Senior Writer for SwimmingWorld.com and Swimming World Magazine. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and was a nine-time NCAA All-American.

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