ST. PAUL, Reunion, December 29. THIS is what it looks like when a multi-event superstar is brought in to help with the profile of a smaller event. FINA World Cup Queen and multiple short course world titlist Katinka Hosszu claimed another five golds to push her two-day tally to 10 at the Indian Ocean Meet. The competition is being held in short course format in St. Paul, and has created so much of an opening for Hosszu to win events that not only did she deck enter all the breaststroke events, so far winning both the 50 and 100, she's also picking up bronze in an event like the 50 free.
Continuing her ridiculously intense workload that included five golds and a silver on night one, Hosszu started the night with a victory in the women's 100 IM when she clocked a 59.96. That wasn't too far off her world-leading time of 58.49 from short course worlds, but was more than enough for the victory tonight. The Netherlands' Inge Dekker placed second in 1:03.09, while France's Marjorie Hoareau touched third in 1:06.51. Hosszu followed up with a dominant performance in the 400 free with a 4:10.74 for her second win of the night and seventh overall. France's Mathilde Hoareau checked in with a second-place time of 4:14.09, while Alizee Morel earned third in 4:20.79.
Hosszu kept on steamrolling through the meet with a 32.84 to win the women's 50 breast for her third win of the night and eighth overall. Geraldine Huffner finished second in 33.78, while Mauritius' Elodie Poo Cheong placed third in 34.38. Hosszu clinched her fourth win of the night and ninth overall with a 1:00.44 in the women's 100 back after clocking a 1:00.46 in prelims. She beat Poland's Aleksandra Putra by more than two seconds as Putra posted a second-place 1:02.83. France's Cloe Hache placed third in 1:04.07.
Hosszu collected her first bronze of the meet with a 25.40 in the women's 50 free, one of her more off events. Germany's Britta Steffen, a sprint specialist and Olympic gold medalist in the stroke, topped the finale in 24.21, just off her fourth-ranked season best of 24.01. The win gave Steffen a sweep of the 50 and 200 free events. Meanwhile, Dekker snared her second silver of the night with a 25.12.
Hosszu jumped right back into the win column with her fifth triumph of the night and 10th overall as she smoked the sparse field in the women's 200 fly with a 2:09.85, well off her world-leading 2:02.20 from short course worlds. Morel (2:18.49) and Mathilde Hoareau (2:23.69) finished second and third. Hosszu's time tonight would have placed her third in the men's race as detailed below.
Germany's Paul Biedermann followed up his 200 free triumph from night one with a 3:47.37 to capture the 400 free tonight, not needing a time even remotely close to his second-ranked season best of 3:39.15 from short course worlds. France's Benoit Debast claimed second in 3:50.73, while Ambroise Petit finished third in 4:02.11.
After a pair of triumphs last night, France's Florent Hassambay began the second night with a 58.51 to win the men's 100 IM. Pierre-Yves Desprez placed second in 59.13, while Julien Bayle claimed third in 59.15. France's Maxime Bussiere won the men's 50 breast in 28.45, while compatriot Kevin Toulet took second in 30.04. Mauritius' Darren Chan Chin Wah picked up third in 30.14.
France's Camille Lacourt crushed Hassambay in the men's 100 back, 53.55 to 57.06, while Thomas Avetand wound up third in 57.75. France's Philippe Arginthe topped the men's 50 free in 23.73, while Toulet (24.11) and Alann Bobe (24.22) picked up second and third. Mathieu Bachmann closed the second night with a 2:09.07 for the men's 200 fly win, while Jerome Dijoux took second in 2:09.58. Hassambay touched third in 2:14.56.