European Championships: Day 3 – Prelims: Katinka Hosszu Misses 400IM Final Under Two-Per-Nation Rule

Katinka Hosszu 2021 European Championships
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European Championships: Day 3 – Prelims: Katinka Hosszu Misses 400IM Final Under Two-Per-Nation Rule

Katinka Hosszu’s bid for 100 international medals will have to wait a little longer after she failed to qualify for the 400IM final under the two-per-nation rule at the European Championships.

The Hungarian first reached the European podium in the long medley when she won silver in Eindhoven in 2008 and she subsequently claimed three straight golds in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

She didn’t compete in the event in 2018 but returned in Budapest last year to take her fourth title.

However, Hungary teammates Vikfor Mihalyvari Farkas (4:41.01) and Zsuzsanna Jakabos (4:41.30) filled the top two slots in qualifying, meaning Hosszu would not advance, days after moving on to 97 medals and within three of her target of 100.

Elsewhere, Noe Ponti led the way in what promises to be an exciting 100 fly but there was no sign of Arno Kamminga in the 200 breaststroke heats, the morning after he finished seventh in the 100.

Women’s 200m freestyle

The session started with the rain hammering down and attendance severely reduced as a result, a stark contrast to the blue skies and raucous joy in the Foro Italico stands on Friday night.

Isabel Gose‘s strong final 25 in the last of four heats propelled her to the top of the field in 1:59.17 ahead of Janja Segel (1:59.48) with Marrit Steenbergen (2:00.01) and Freya Anderson (2:00.14) through in sixth and eighth respectively.

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Men’s 100m butterfly

Olympic bronze medallist Noe Ponti led the field in a noteworthy 51.56 ahead of Nyls Korstanje on 51.81, 0.01 ahead of Tokyo silver medallist Milak (51.82).

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Women’s 50m backstroke

Analia Pigree led five women inside 28secs with the Frenchwoman stopping the clock at 27.53 with defending champion Kira Toussaint sixth through in 28.10.

women 50 back prelims

Men’s 200m breaststroke

Kamminga didn’t compete in the 200 heats, meaning there will be gold and silver medallists with the Netherlands swimmer having taken second behind winner Anton Chupkov last time out in Budapest.

Chupkov is a member of the Russian squad that has been banned indefinitely following the invasion of Ukraine.

Matej Zabojink headed the field in 2:11.16 ahead of Olympic bronze medallist Matti Mattsson (2:11.51) and Anton McKee (2:11.82).

mens 200br heats

Women’s 400m individual medley

Vikfor Mihalyvari Farkas booked lane four in 4:41.01 alongside fellow Hungarian Zsuzsanna Jakabos (4:41.30).

However, it meant Hosszu fell victim to the two-per-nation rule after she finished fourth in 4:45.07.

Also out was Rio 2016 bronze medallist Mireia Belmonte who is first reserve in 4:48.18.

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1 year ago

Please retire Katinka – it’s painfull to watch. You havde done it all, you are a true legend. You don’t have more to prove!

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