DEBRECEN, Hungary, March 31. THE third day of action at the Hungarian National Championships featured several exciting finishes, including one by the slimmest of margins.
In an epic race, Bence Biczo clipped Laszlo Cseh, 1:56.33 to 1:56.34, in the men's 200 fly finale. Biczo lead handily at the 100-meter mark, 55.50 to 57.05, and had just enough to withstand a furious backhalf attempt by Cseh. The times put Biczo and Cseh into sixth and seventh in the world, respectively. Ioannis Drymonakos placed third in 1:57.32 for 13th in the world rankings.
Gergo Kis topped the men's 1500 free with a 15:06.14, good enough for eighth in the world rankings. Gergely Gyurta touched second in 15:12.74 for 12th in the world, while Patrik Rakos finished third in 15:24.58.
Eva Risztov edged Zsuzsanna Jakabos, 4:08.21 to 4:08.77, in the women's 400 free. Risztov moved to 19th in the world rankings with her effort, while Jakabos took 23rd. Boglarka Kapas placed third in 4:10.07.
Gabor Financsek topped the men's 50 breast in 28.27 for 22nd in the world rankings, while Dragos Agache took second in 28.63. Daniel Gyurta wound up third in 28.79. Evelyn Verraszto clocked a 29.80 to lead the women's 50 back finale. Sara Joo took second in 30.14, while Dorina Szekeres placed third in 30.21.
Peter Bernek continued his strong meet thus far with a 54.79 to lead the men's 100 back semis. That swim put him 24th in the world rankings. Richard Bohus (55.92) and Gabor Balog (56.16) earned the second and third seeds in the finale. Notably, Laszlo Cseh clocked a 55.09 for the top time in prelims before scratching. Norbert Trandafir paced the men's 100 free in 49.47, while Dominik Kozma took second in 49.62. Chad Le Clos also cleared 50 seconds with a third-seeded 49.65.
Tanja Smid turned in a 1:10.21 for the women's 100 breast top seed, while Ronwyn Roper won her semifinal heat with a 1:10.79. Fanni Ferenczi was a distant third seed with a 1:12.12. Orsolya Tompa (59.18) and Zsuzsanna Jakabos (59.31) were the only swimmers under 1:00 in the women's 100 fly semis, while Eszter Dara qualified third in 1:00.55.