ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, December 22. HUNGARY's Katinka Hosszu firmly planted her name as one of the best short course swimmers ever with what has been a remarkable year. Not only did she win the FINA World Cup title, she also turned in a strong outing at the FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships. This weekend, she added even more layers to her remarkable story with another 10 medals at the Salnikov Cup in Russia.
Hosszu still has one more meet on her 2012 docket, the Indian Ocean Swim Meet Dec. 28-30.
A day after winning four golds and a silver, Hosszu jumped right back on the podium, albeit with her second silver behind Russia's Veronika Popova in the women's 100 free, 53.42 to 53.60. Russia's Mariya Baklakova wound up third in 54.55. Popova fell well short of her fourth-ranked season best of 52.86, while Hosszu cracked the top 20 for the first time this year in the event.
Hosszu then clinched her fifth gold medal of the meet in a heavyweight battle with Great Britain's Hannah Miley in the women's 400 IM. Hosszu raced to victory in 4:26.84, while Miley faded to second with a 4:29.41. Russia's Yana Martynova earned third in 4:35.87. Hosszu and Miley came into the meet with strong season bests in the 4:23s with Miley posting a world-leading 4:23.14 in Istanbul and Hosszu with a 4:23.91 at the European Short Course Championships.
After surprising Rachel Goh with a 50 back victory over the sprint backstroke specialist, Hosszu was unable to catch Goh off guard in the 100 back this evening as Goh secured the win, 58.19 to 58.39, ahead of the Hungarian. Russia's Polina Lapshina placed third in 59.21. The gold was Goh's first of the meet, while Hosszu claimed her eighth medal overall, and third silver of the two days. Goh cruised in with her time, well off her second-ranked 57.02 from the Berlin stop of the FINA World Cup. Meanwhile, Hosszu jumped to 18th in the rankings this year with the swim.
Hosszu then returned to the top of the podium in one of her favorite events, the women's 200 fly. She surged to victory with a time of 2:07.39 secure her sixth gold and ninth medal overall of the meet, and crack $5,000 in race winnings. USA's Kim Vandenberg, always a globetrotter as she pops up at international meets regularly, claimed silver with a time of 2:08.94, while Russia's Anastasia Lyazeva earned bronze in 2:10.94. Hosszu was well off her world-leading time of 2:02.20 from short course worlds, but obviously did not need that type of speed as she is tackling a heavy workload.
Immediately after her 200 fly win, Hosszu attempted to score more cash in the women's 400 free and paid for it as she faded to eighth in the middle distance event with a 4:24.60. Spain's Melanie Costa Schmid, who is undertaking a far less ambitious scheduled, crushed the field with a 4:00.15. Russia's Elena Sokolova placed second in 4:04.48, while Miley earned her second check of the night with a bronze-winning 4:08.06. Costa Schmid cleared her season best of 4:01.18 from short course worlds and moved up to fourth in the rankings this year behind only Camille Muffat (3:54.85), Lotte Friis (3:58.85) and Coralie Balmy (3:59.80).
Hosszu cleared 1:00 in the women's 100 IM for her seventh gold and incredible 10th medal overall at the meet. She won in 59.51, a second off her world-leading time of 58.49 from short course worlds. Germany's Theresa Michalak earned second in 1:00.25, while Russia's Olga Klyuchnikova raced to third in 1:01.90. The win pushed Hosszu to more than $6,000 in winnings during the meet.
Russia's Viatcheslav Sinkevich blazed through the men's 200 breast with a Russian record of 2:02.45, while Hungary's Daniel Gyurta provided some added motivation with a silver-winning 2:02.98. Ukraine's Valerii Dymo touched third in 2:06.57. Gyurta already owns the world record with a 2:00.67 from the 2009 European Short Course Nationals, while Australia's Christian Sprenger stands second all time with a 2:01.98 from the 2009 Australian Short Course Championships. Sinkevich, however, eclipsed the Russian record of the third-ranked swimmer of all time, Grigory Falko. Falko had set the national standard with a 2:02.50 at the 2009 Euro Short Course Champs behind Gyurta. Tonight's time is now the third-best in textile behind a 2:01.35 and 2:02.37 by Gyurta.
In the highlight swim of the meet, where prize money is more than doubled for the podiumplacers in the men's 1500 free in honor of the man the meet is named after Vladimir Salnikov, Denmark's Mads Glaesner edged Ukraine's Sergiy Frolov, 14:39.36 to 14:39.53. Ukraine's Maxym Shemberyev wound up third in 15:03.18.
Russia's Nikita Lobintsev added a gold to his silver from yesterday with a 1:43.60 to 1:43.95 touchout triumph ahead of compatriot Alexander Sukhorukov in the men's 200 free. Germany's Dmitri Colupaev earned third-place honors in 1:45.08. Lobintsev moved up to 11th in the world this year, while Sukhorukov jumped to 16th overall in the rankings.
USA's Jessica Hardy smoked the women's 50 breast with a victorious time of 30.47, while Russia's Valentina Artemyeva placed second in 30.61. Ukraine's Mariya Liver turned in a third-place 30.95. Hardy's been much faster with a third-ranked 29.74 from earlier this year, but did not need that speed to cash in on the first-place check. Artemyeva, meanwhile, just missed her 11th-ranked season best of 30.53. Liver moved into the top 20 with her effort.
Russia's Sergei Geybel snared the men's 50 breaststroke title with a 26.74, while compatriot Vlad Morozov showed some sprint versatility with a silver-winning time of 26.89. Morozov already won the 100 free on night one after turning in some sizzling times at short course worlds. Ukraine's Andriy Kovalenko checked in with a third-place 26.93. Geybel came up just short of his 14th-ranked season best of 26.63, while Morozov moved into the top 25 with his effort.
Morozov then swept the sprint freestyle events with a sterling time of 21.01 in the men's 50 free. Trinidad and Tobago's George Bovell grabbed second-place honors in 21.13, while Russia's Evgeny Lagunov placed third overall in 21.49. Morozov has the top time in the world this year with a 20.55 from Istanbul, while Bovell is third with a 20.82 from the Stockholm stop of the World Cup tour.
Russia's Evgeny Korotyshkin cashed his first check of the meet with a gold-winning time of 50.40 in the men's 100 fly, while compatriot Nikolay Skvortsov raced to silver in 50.86. Belarus' Yauhen Tsurkin touched just behind with a third-place time of 50.87. Korotyshkin is one of just four swimmers to crack 50 seconds this year with a fourth-ranked 49.98, while Skvortsov just missed his 11th-ranked season best of 50.60. Tsurkin vaulted to 17th in the all time rankings.
The men's 50 back podium was identical to the 100 back from last night with Russia's Stanislav Donets touching out Australia's Robert Hurley, 23.32 to 23.50, for the win. Meanwhile, Australia's Ashley Delaney touched third in 23.80. Donets already is ranked second in the world with a 23.12 from the Tokyo stop of the World Cup, while Hurley has a world-leading time of 23.04 from short course worlds. Delaney also just missed his best of 23.42 from Istanbul.
Russia's Maria Temnikova surfaced victorious in the women's 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:21.19, while Australia's Sally Foster claimed second in 2:21.38 in what proved to be an exciting race. Ukraine's Ganna Dzerkal wound up third in 2:22.83.
Delaney scored his third medal of the meet, and first of the gold variety, with a 1:52.09 in the men's 200 back. Teammate Travis Mahoney touched second in 1:54.23, while Russia's Artem Dubovskoy snared third in 1:55.01. Delaney just missed his seventh-ranked season best of 1:51.20 from Istanbul with the swim.
Australia's Marieke Guehrer ripped off a 25.59 for the women's 50 fly win, with Belarus' Aliaksandra Herasimenia placing second in 25.74. The Netherlands' Inge Dekker finished third in 26.04. Guehrer moved to sixth in the world rankings with her swim, while Herasimenia already stands fourth with a 25.53 season best from Euro Short Course Champs.
PRIZE MONEY BREAKDOWN
The Salnikov Cup is typically the final pro meet of the year with race winnings as follows: Winner — RUB 20,000 (equivalent of USD 666); Second — RUB 15,000 (equivalent of USD 500); Third — RUB 10,000 (equivalent of USD 330). After two days of swimming, Hosszu led all swimmers with more than $6,000 in winnings out of the nearly $50,000 awarded just for race winnings. Denmark's Mads Glaesner topped the men's winnings with more than $2,000 after earning nearly a double-helping with his 1500 free victory.
|Female||Melanie Costa Schmid||ESP||1||$666||1||$500||0||$0||$1,166|