SAINT PAUL, Reunion, December 30. WITH anyone else, the world would be shaking their head at just what Katinka Hosszu can do at a single meet, but it’s almost becoming routine for the Hungarian. This evening, Hosszu went five-for-five on the final day of the Indian Ocean Championships to sweep the gold on offer.
The Iron Lady kept on trucking on day three. She opened the final session with a 27.13 to win the women’s 50-meter fly for her 11th title of the meet. Training partner Ganna Dzerkal of Ukraine raced to second in 27.95, while France’s Emma Morel took third in 28.17.
Victory number 12 for Hosszu came by way of one of her top events, the women’s 200-meter IM. She won the event in 2:05.03, just about two seconds off her world record of 2:03.20 from the Eindhoven stop of the FINA World Cup. Russia’s Yuliya Efimova placed a distant second in 2:09.38, while Dzerkal took third in 2:16.67.
Hosszu has been so impressive in the IMs, that USA Swimming’s Stats department released a career progression in the long course events.
A look at the performance progressions from Katinka Hosszu in the 200 & 400 IM. One of the leading IM’ers: pic.twitter.com/53U6Is1Q3Z? USA Swimmming Stats (@USASwimStats) December 30, 2013
Continuing her crazy schedule, Hosszu topped the women’s 800-meter free with an 8:49.88 for her 13th gold medal. France’s Mathilde Hoareau earned second in 8:52.22, while Dzerkal picked up third in 9:11.76. Hosszu kept up the pace with a 2:24.11 to 2:24.13 touchout triumph ahead of teammate Dzerkal in the women’s 200-meter breaststroke for her 14th win. France’s Geraldine Huffner earned third-place honors in 2:31.85.
Hosszu closed out a clean sweep of the night with her 15th gold medal. She won the women’s 100-meter free in 54.38 with Russia’s Elizaveta Bazarova placing second in 55.56. Dzerkal rounded out the podium with a third-place 56.56.
Another of Hosszu’s crew, David Foldhazi of Hungary, took home his seventh win of the meet with a 25.15 in the men’s 50-meter fly. France’s Kevin Lucian tracked down second place with a 25.37 after leading prelims with a 25.08. Mauritius’ Bradley Vincent snared third-place honors in 25.57.
Foldhazi snagged his eight gold of the meet with a 2:01.97 in the men’s 200-meter IM. That’s not in the world-class realm yet, but was more than enough to win by more than four seconds today as France’s Ambroise Petit took second in 2:06.15. France’s Jean-Patrick Bernet placed third in 2:07.82.
In his pet event, Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri crushed the field with a 15:05.62 in the men’s 1500 free. France’s Benoit Debast touched well behind in second with a 15:20.96, while Foldhazi wound up third overall in 16:50.14.
In one of the most dominant single swims of the meet, Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta blasted the men’s 200-meter breast finale with a 2:07.12 with Foldhazi taking an incredibly distant second in 2:21.88. Gyurta has been an absolute beast in the breaststroke this past year, earning Swimming World’s European Swimmer of the Year honors. France’s Antoine Viquerat placed third in 2:24.31.
Mauritius’ Vincent closed down the meet with a 50.16 to win the men’s 100-meter free. Compatriot Mathieu Marquet earned second in 50.26, while Foldhazi placed third in 50.30 in one of the closer finishes of the meet.