NICE, France, February 1. A day after a gritty triple during which she shook off a night of battling food poisoning, the Iron Lady Katinka Hsoszu was back at it this afternoon at the Nice International Long Course Meet.
Hosszu closed out the field in the women’s 100-meter backstroke with a 1:01.11 for the win. Spain’s Duane Da Rocha Marce finished second in 1:02.88, while Ukraine’s Maryna Kolesnikova picked up third in 1:03.36.
Hosszu then finished third in the women’s 50-meter fly with a 27.02. She still has a bit of time to cut to reach Eszter Dara’s Hungarian record of 26.68 from 2009, but Hosszu continues to try to track down every record in the Hungarian books. France’s Melanie Henique (26.55) and Camille Muffat (26.63) took second and third, while Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte pocketed fourth in 27.26.
Hosszu doubled up for her fifth title of the meet thus far as she posted a 4:37.68 in the women’s 400-meter IM. That’s not her best speed of 4:30.31 from 2009, but it was more than enough to secure victory tonight. Spain’s Beatriz Gomez Cortes took second in 4:45.92, while France’s Fantine Lesaffre popped a third-place time of 4:46.57.
Hosszu’s training partner David Foldhazi of Hungary snared the men’s 100-meter backstroke title in 56.88 with France’s Eddie Moueddene snagging second in 57.01. Ukraine’s Andrii Khloptsov rounded out the podium in 57.06. Great Britain’s Ben Proud punched the clock in 23.67 to win the men’s 50-meter fly with Ukraine’s Andrey Govorov finishing second in 23.85. Russia’s Evgeny Korotyshkin clinched third-place honors in 24.68.
Foldhazi closed out the show on night two with a win in the men’s 400-meter IM. He clocked a 4:26.74, while Portugal’s Alexis Santos took second in 4:28.55. Spain’s Marc Sanchez Torrens finished third in 4:29.39.
With Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia scratching the women’s 1500-meter free, the door certainly wound up being wide open for the rest of the field, and Jimena Perez Blanco of Spain happened to pick up the baton with a 16:33.87 for the win. Melanie Costa Schmid touched second in 16:36.12, while Spain swept the podium with a third-place 16:36.40 from Maria Vilas Vidal.
Ukraine’s Mykhaylo Romanchuk followed with a 7:58.43 to capture the men’s 800-meter freestyle timed final title. France’s Benoit Debast touched second overall in 8:06.53, while compatriot Anthony Pannier picked up third in 8:11.01.
Spain’s Jessica Vall Montero hit the wall in 2:30.19 to dominate the women’s 200-meter breaststroke finale. France’s Laura Paquit placed a distant second in 2:37.77, closing out Great Britain’s Claudia Kitching (2:37.77) for the silver. France’s Quentin Coton clocked a 2:14.50 for the men’s 200-meter breast crown, while compatriots Thomas Rabeisen (2:18.42) and Quentin Callais (2:18.67) placed second and third.
Charlotte Bonnet stopped the clock in 1:58.87 to easily win the women’s 200-meter free, while Muffat snatched her second podium of the night with a 2:00.03 for silver. Coralie Balmy comprised the rest of the top three in 2:00.22. Russia’s Mikhail Polishchuk raced his way to a 1:50.11 to win the men’s 200-meter free with Spain’s Miguel Duran Navia (1:51.16) and France’s Theo Fuchs (1:51.87) wrapping up the podium.