SAINT PAUL, Reunion, December 29. IT is becoming routine to see the Iron Lady turn in some incredible mutli-event performances and this weekend is no different at the Indian Ocean Championships as Katinka Hosszu reached double digits in gold medals today.
Hosszu picked up right where she left off after yesterday’s five-gold performance as she raced to a 59.88 to win the women’s 100-meter IM this evening. That’s two seconds back of her world record 57.45 from the Berlin stop of the FINA World Cup, but was enough to beat training partner Ganna Dzerkal of Ukraine who took second in 1:02.69. Russia’s Elizaveta Bazarova raced to third in 1:03.89.
Hosszu’s seventh gold came by way of a 4:10.30 in the women’s 400-meter freestyle. She won by nearly six seconds with France’s Mathilde Hoareau hitting the wall second in 4:16.03. Dzerkal snared yet another podium with a third-place 4:24.62. At this meet, Dzerkal has been serving a similar role as Zsuzsanna Jakabos did for Hosszu during the 2012 FINA World Cup, Hosszu’s first major debut of her multiple-event concept. That year, Jakabos often took second or third behind Hosszu.
In one of the top swims overall at the meet so far, Russia’s Yuliya Efimova clocked a sizzling 29.49 in the women’s 50-meter breaststroke. That’s less than a second off her world record of 28.71 set at the Tokyo stop of the FINA World Cup this year. Dzerkal finished ahead of Hosszu on the podium, 31.59 to 31.66, for second and third-place honors.
Gold number eight went into Hosszu’s coffers in the women’s 100 back with a 1:01.08 for the win. France’s Laurine Del’Homme earned second in 1:02.95, with Dzerkal on the podium again with a third-place time of 1:03.82. Hosszu demonstrated some sprinter speed in the womens’ 50-meter free for her ninth gold in Reunion. She won the splash-and-dash with a 25.12, while Bazarova earned second in 25.38. Dzerkal wound up third in 26.10.
Hosszu’s gold-medal haul reached double digits in the women’s 200 fly with a 2:11.43. That swim gave her a six-second win ahead of Dzerkal’s 2:17.98. France’s Emma Morel picked up third in 2:18.96.
David Foldhazi of Hungary, part of Hosszu’s training group, topped the men’s 100-meter IM in 55.44. France’s Mathieu Bachmann took second overall in 58.57, while France’s Pierre-Yves Desprez placed third in 58.87. That’s Foldhazi’s fourth win of the meet.
Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri picked up the men’s 400-meter freestyle victory in 3:48.09, while France’s Benoit Debast touched in 3:50.39 for second overall in the middle distance event. France’s Jean-Patrick Bernet rounded out the top three in 4:03.19.
Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta, one of the top male breaststrokers on the planet, cruised to victory in the men’s 50-meter breast with a 27.34 . Foldhazi earned another medal with a silver-winning 28.83. Mauritius’ Olivier Ah Ching rounded out the podium with a third-place 29.98.
Foldhazi countered with his fifth gold medal of the competition when he clocked a 54.67 to win the men’s 100-meter backstroke. Desprez placed third in 56.18, while Hosszu’s husband and head coach Shane Tusup had his second day of swimming after a year out of the water as he took third overall in 58.38. Yesterday, he took second to Foldhazi in the 50 back after having spent nearly a year away from any semblance of actual training.
Tusup and Hosszu met while both swam at the University of Southern California. During his time as a Trojan, Tusup competed primarily in the backstroke and freestyle events.
Mauritius scored its first gold of the meet as Bradley Vincent won the men’s 50-meter free in 23.18. Foldhazi placed second overall in 23.42 with Mauritius’ Mathieu Marquet stopping the clock in 23.62 for third-place honors.
Foldhazi closed out the night with a 2:01.25 in the men’s 200-meter fly for his sixth victory in two days. France’s Ambroise Petit snared second in 2:01.73, while France’s William Moulon took third in 2:07.18.