DEBRECEN, Hungary, July 18. FOR the first time all week at the Hungarian Open National Championships, the Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu wasn’t the top headline coming out of Debrecen. The men’s 200-meter fly featured an incredible battle.
In one of the fastest races of the meet this week, Tamas Kenderesi held off Bence Biczo in the men’s 200-meter fly. Kenderesi won the finale in 1:56.31, clipping his 13th-ranked 1:56.59 from Hungarian Junior Nationals. He moved up to ninth in the world with his swim tonight. Biczo, meanwhile, grabbed second in 1:56.40 for 11th in the world. Laszlo Cseh nearly cracked the top 20 with a 1:57.01 for third. He’s already been a 1:56.86 this year at the Budapest Open.
Katinka Hosszu made it to the podium for the seventh time this week as she took second in a close loss to Boglarka Kapas in the women’s 400-meter free. Kapas won 4:06.55 to 4:06.81, holding off a tired Hosszu in the finale. Hosszu has been an eighth-ranked 4:05.51 this year at the Monte Carlo stop of the Mare Nostrum. Kapas, meanwhile, jumped from 18th in the world to 14th with her victory. Martina De Memme took third overall in 4:12.08.
Hosszu then won her fifth national title of the week with a 28.78 in the women’s 50-meter backstroke. Carlotta Zofkova finished second in 28.90 with Evelyn Verraszto earning third-place honors in 29.73.
Earlier in the night, Hosszu qualified second in the 50-meter back with a 29.21. She also took fourth in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke semis with a 1:12.02. Anna Sztankovics led the way in that event with a 1:08.96. Hosszu then qualified sixth in the women’s 100-meter fly semis with a time of 1:00.80. Silvia Di Pietro (58.52), Elena Di Liddo (58.62) and Evelyn Verraszto (58.65) went 1-2-3 in qualifying in that event.
Mattia Pesce clipped fellow Italian Andrea Toniato, 27.80 to 27.85, in the men’s 50-meter breaststroke finale. Gabor Financsek wound up third in 28.05 with Daniel Gyurta earning fourth in 28.30. Gergely Gyurta closed the individual finals for the night with a 14:57.44 to win the men’s 1500-meter free. That swim pushed him to fifth in the world rankings. Gregorio Paltrinieri, the top-ranked swimmer in the world with a 14:44.50 from Italian Nationals, took second in 15:10.56. Gergo Kis, who ranks ninth in the world with a 15:01.71, placed third in 15:26.53.
Christopher Ciccarese paced the men’s 100-meter back semis with a 54.67, while Tomasz Polewka finished second in 55.07. Gabor Balog rounded out the top three with a 55.09. Kacper Majchrzak of Poland posted the top men’s 100-meter free time in semis with a 49.96, while Krisztian Takacs qualified second in 50.00.