FINA World Cup, Eindhoven: Katinka Hosszu Sets Fourth World Record

EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands, August 8. HUNGARY’s Katinka Hosszu is well on her way to defending her 2012 FINA World Cup crown after a scintillating triple this evening that included her fourth world-record performance in two days in Eindhoven.

Men’s 1500 free
2013 long course bronze medalist Gregorio Paltrinieri stepped up to the blocks of the short course version of the metric mile and delivered a circuit record to start the second day of competition.

Paltrinieri punched the clock in 14:27.65 for the win, and the first place check. He also took down compatriot Federico Colbertaldo’s circuit record of 14:28.35 set in Stockholm during the 2009 edition of the World Cup. That’s a lifetime best for Paltrinieri, clipping his 14:27.78 from the 2012 European Short Course Championships.

South Africa’s Myles Brown followed with a second-place time of 14:30.54 to move into the top 10 all time in the event’s history. That’s a huge drop for the South African considering he came into tonight with a personal best 14:54.46 from the 2012 short course world championships.

Ukraine’s Sergiy Frolov hit the wall third in 14:32.91, two seconds off his best of a 14:30.87 from the 2012 European Short Course Championships.

Meanwhile, Hungary’s Gergo Kis (14:38.66), USA’s Michael Klueh (14:42.70), The Netherlands’ Ferry Weertman (14:44.5) and China’s Guangsen Hou (15:47.90) also battled for the title.

Women’s 400 IM
Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, who already has netted $30,000 in world record bonus checks, had an aggressive opening to the women’s 400-meter IM but eventually settled for the World Cup record instead.

Hosszu, out more than two seconds under world-record pace at the 200, wound up with a 4:22.18 for the win in the distance medley tonight. That swim eclipsed the 4:22.88 circuit record set by Kathryn Meaklim back in 2009, but fell a second short of Julia Smit’s world record of 4:21.04 also from the techsuit-fueled 2009 edition.

Hosszu will have plenty of opportunities to take down this global record during the full World Cup this year as she already blasted the world records in the 100 and 200 IMs earlier this meet. Hosszu’s time tonight broke her personal best of 4:23.91 from the 2012 European Short Course Championships.

Hosszu led a Hungarian podium sweep in the distance medley as Zsuzsanna Jakabos (4:30.75) and Evelyn Verraszto (4:34.31) also earned some prize money in the finale.

Finland’s Tanja Kylliainen (4:37.46), The Netherlands’ Wendy van der Zanden (4:37.50), France’s Fantine Lesaffre (4:40.59), The Netherlands’ Lieke Verouden (4:56.30) and France’s Camille Wishaupt (4:57.63) rounded out the championship finale in the event.

Women’s 100 free
A day after setting the world record in the women’s 50-meter freestyle, The Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo blazed through the final of the 100-meter free for the sprint free sweep.

Kromowidjojo raced to a winning time of 51.54, just missing her personal best of 51.44 from the 2009 European Short Course Championships. That’s a quick $3,000 in first-place checks for the world titlist, not to mention her $10,000 world-record bonus from last night.

Australia’s Emma McKeon blitzed her way to a second-place time of 51.99 to join just a handful of swimmers who have broken 52 seconds in the event. She still has a ways to go to catch the Australian record that also stands as the world record of Libby Trickett (51.01).

Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen Gray picked up another paycheck this week with a third-place time of 52.09, just missing the 52-second barrier in the finale, while The Netherlands’ Femke Heemskerk just missed the top three with a 52.18 for fourth.

Canada’s Sandrine Mainville finished fifth in 52.82, while USA’s Megan Romano clocked in sixth in 53.12. Canada’s Chantal Van Landeghem (53.24) and Australia’s Brittany Elmslie (53.33) comprised the rest of the championship finalists.

Men’s 200 free
Two-time world champion Yannick Agnel of France, who is currently training in Baltimore with head coach Bob Bowman led a North Baltimore Aquatic Club 1-2 in the finale as training partner Conor Dwyer picked up second place in the 200-meter free.

Agnel charged to the finish with a final split of 25.70 en route to a winning time of 1:42.33. Meanwhile, new NBAC teammate Dwyer checked in with a 1:42.94 for second-place honors. Agnel has plenty more speed where that came from as he holds the French record with a blistering 1:39.70 from the 2012 French Nationals.

Dwyer, meanwhile, broke 1:43 for the first time after barely making finals in the eighth spot out of prelims this morning. That’s another second-place check for Dwyer as he continues to pile up the cash in Eindhoven with podium finishes.

The Netherlands’ Sebastiaan Verschuren raked in some cash of his own with a third-place time of 1:43.25, while Poland’s Pawel Korzeniowski just missed the podium with a fourth-place effort of 1:43.49.

South Africa’s Myles Brown (1:43.91), The Netherlands’ Joost Reijns (1:44.12), The Netherlands’ Dion Dreesens (1:44.14) and Canada’s Blake Worsley (1:44.23) also vied for the title this evening.

Women’s 50 breast
Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson remained consistent today with a pair of 29.4s en route to victory in the sprint breaststroke event.

Atkinson clocked a 29.44 this morning before winning the finale in 29.42. That’s .20 off her lifetime best of 29.62 from the 2012 short course world championships last December, and keeps moving her closer to Jessica Hardy’s impressive world record of 28.80.

The Netherlands’ Moniek Nijhuis also cleared 30 seconds in the finale with a second-place 29.95, while Sweden’s Jennie Johansson placed third overall in the sprint event with a 30.07.

Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen (30.11), Germany’s Dorothea Brandt (30.11), Sweden’s Rebecca Ejdervik (30.49), Germany’s Caroline Ruhnau (30.53) and Australia’s Sally Foster (30.64) also put up times in the finale.

Men’s 100 breast
Italy’s Fabio Scozzoli raced his way to victory in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke with a 56.49 in the finale. That’s his first time breaking 57 seconds as he came into the meat with a lifetime best of 57.01 from more than a decade ago at the 2000 Duel Invite.

The 2012 short course world titlist in this event could be ginning up a run at some special times this year, and could rival Cameron van der Burgh’s world record of 55.61 by the time all is said and done.

Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta, who won the short course world title in the 200 breast in 2012, tracked down a second-place check with a 57.10. He’s been sub-57 before with a top time of 56.72 from 2009 European Short Course Championships, but is finding his form in textile after an amazing run at the 2013 FINA Long Course World Championships last week in Barcelona.

Japan’s Kosuke Kitajima, known as the best breaststroker in the history of the sport with back-to-back Olympic sweeps, keeps on rolling as he moves into a new part of his long-standing career. Tonight, he took third in 57.83.

Great Britain’s Michael Jamieson (58.00), Germany’s Hendrik Feldwehr (58.06), Slovakia’s Tomas Klobucnik (58.43) and Germany’s Erik Steinhagen (58.80) closed out the rest of the top eight.

Men’s 100 fly
South Africa’s Chad Le Clos, fresh off a world title butterfly sweep in Barcelona and an amazing world record in the 200 fly last night, powered home in the men’s 100-meter fly for the victory.

After turning third at the 50-meter mark, Le Clos turned on the afterburners down the stretch with a 25.97 final split to capture the title in 49.08. He’s been sub-49 with a 48.82 to his credit from the 2012 short course world championships, but he didn’t need that type of speed to secure a first-place check tonight.

USA’s Tom Shields, who took down the American record in the 200 fly last night, picked up second-place honors in 49.32. He currently has Ian Crocker’s 2004 American record of 49.07 in his sites as he looks to sweep the short course meter American records. He already owns the 50 fly mark with a 22.46 from short course worlds.

Germany’s Steffen Deibler, who led at the 50 with a 22.74, faded to third in 49.38 to round out the sub-50 second performances for the night.

Russia’s Nikolay Skvortsov (50.69), Canada’s Coleman Allen (50.90), Belgium’s Francois Heersbrandt (51.77), Japan’s Takeshi Matsuda (52.03) and Belgium’s Louis Croenen (52.30) also vied for the prize money in the finale.

Women’s 100 back
After winning the 50 back yesterday, Japan’s Aya Terakawa returned tonight with a victory in the 100-meter backstroke event.

Terakawa went wire-to-wire with her triumph this evening as she dropped a 56.34 for the win. She’s one of the few members of the 55-second club in this event, sporting a lifetime best of 55.76 from the Japanese Nationals earlier this year.

Australia went 2-3 as Emily Seebohm checked in with a 57.28 and her teammate Belinda Hocking finished just behind with a third-place effort of 57.38.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina (57.47), Canada’s Hilary Caldwell (57.97), Australia’s Meagen Nay (58.98), Colombia’s Carolina Colorado Henao (1:00.12) and Sweden’s Magdalena Kuras (1:00.53) also put up times in the championship finale.

Men’s 50 back
In another exciting men’s backstroke finish among the Australian’s Ashley Delaney touched out teammate Bobby Hurley by the slimmest of margins yet again, this time in the sprint backstroke event instead of the 100.

Delaney clocked a time of 23.28 for the win, while Hurley turned in a second-place time of 23.29. That’s a lifetime best for Delaney, while Hurley has gone much faster with a 23.04 from the 2012 short course world championships and could turn in that type of speed throughout the World Cup circuit this year.

Russia’s Vlad Morozov showed some versatility with a third-place time of 23.38. He’s most known for his sprint freestyle prowess, but he’s becoming Roland Schoeman 2.0 with his ability to sprint backstroke and breaststroke en route to podium paychecks.

Australia’s Mitch Larkin (23.96), The Netherlands’ Bastiaan Lijesen (23.99), France’s Ben Stasiulis (23.99), Canada’s Russell Wood (24.03) and Brazil’s Nelson Silva (24.43) finished fourth through eighth to complete the championship finale.

Women’s 200 fly
Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu doubled up tonight with a win in the women’s 200-meter fly after topping the 400-meter IM earlier in the evening. Hosszu’s aggressive scheduling is a hallmark of her rise to international stardom after her 2012 FINA World Cup overall trophy. And, she hasn’t backed off since winning a long course world title in Barcelona last week.

Tonight, she cruised to victory in 2:03.67 with some fairly even splits, finishing a second off her personal best of 2:02.90 from the 2012 short course world championships. That’s still another $1,500 first-place paycheck in her pocket as she continues to rack up the wins.

Ellen Gandy, competing for Australian after years under the Great Britain banner, threw down a 32.03 final split to move her way into second with a 2:03.95, while Canada’s Audrey Lacroix pushed Hosszu through 150 meters before fading to third in 2:04.30.

Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia (2:05.12), Hungary’s Zsuzsanna Jakabos (2:05.45), Canada’s Katerine Savard (2:07.34), Germany’s Theresa Michalak (2:09.41) and Singapore’s Lynette Lim (2:13.34) produced the rest of the finale finishes tonight.

Men’s 200 IM
Australia’s Kenneth To broke 1:53 for the first time as he rolled to victory in the men’s 200-meter IM this evening.

The Australian posted a 1:52.40 to lead a 1-2 for his country on the podium, and down his previous best time of 1:53.42 from the 2012 short course world championships last December. Teammate Daniel Tranter wound up taking second in the finale with a time of 1:53.43, while Germany’s Markus Deibler snatched third in 1:53.70.

Japan’s Daiya Seto, the 400 IM victor, missed the podium with a fourth-place time of 1:53.76, while Italy’s Federico Turrini tied Poland’s Pawel Korzeniowski for fifth with matching 1:55.54s.

The Netherlands’ Mike Marissen (1:56.57) and USA’s Chase Kalisz (1:56.94) clinched seventh and eighth place to close out the field.

Women’s 400 free
New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle took her national record to another stratosphere as she rattled the world record in the women’s 400-meter freestyle.

Boyle closed her swim hard with a blistering 28.96 to finish with a 3:55.16 for the win. That swim crushed her New Zealand record of 4:00.59 set as a split during her victorious 800-meter freestyle victory yesterday. In just two days, Boyle has obliterated the New Zealand short course freestyle records, capturing the marks in the 200, 400 and 800 free here in Eindhoven.

Boyle’s swim tonight moved her into the top five in the world and challenged Camille Muffat’s world record of 3:54.85 set last November. Boyle is definitely on track to make a serious run at that global standard throughout the rest of the FINA World Cup.

Spain’s Melanie Costa Schmid (3:56.84) and Mireia Belmonte Garcia (3:58.21) went 2-3 in the finale to pick up some cash winnings for podium placements. Meanwhile, Denmark’s Lotte Friis also broke 4:00 this evening with a fourth-place time of 3:58.43.

The Netherlands’ Sharon van Rouwendaal (4:01.73), USA’s Chloe Sutton (4:03.86), Australia’s Jessica Ashwood (4:04.83) and The Netherlands’ Rieneke Terink (4:05.49) picked up the other finishes in the championship heat.

Men’s 50 free
In a heavyweight battle in the men’s splash-and-dash, Russia’s Vlad Morozov turned up the heat for the win against Australian star James Magnussen.

Morozov blasted a 20.66, just off Roland Schoeman’s circuit record of 20.57 from 2009 and Morozov’s personal best of 20.55 from the 2012 short course world championships. The swim was plenty enough to emerge triumphant from a loaded championship finale.

Magnussen, who earned the 100 free title yesterday, raced to second in 20.98. That’s just off Matthew Abood’s Australian record of 20.89 set in Berlin during the 2009 World Cup stop.

Trinidad and Tobago’s George Bovell tracked down his second paycheck of the meet with a third-place time of 21.00.

Schoeman (21.03), Ukraine’s Andrey Govorov (21.36), Abood (21.37), Belgium’s Jasper Aerents (21.57) and Australia’s Alexander Graham (21.79) also competed for the title in the splash-and-dash finale.

Women’s 200 breast
Just a week after taking silver in the FINA Long Course World Championships, Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen cruised to victory in the short course version of the women’s 200-meter breaststroke tonight.

Pedersen checked in with a 2:17.05 for the win, a full second off her lifetime best of 2:16.08 from the 2012 short course world championships last December. Pedersen actually set the long course world record in the 200-meter breaststroke during semis, before falling to Yuliya Efimova for the world title during the finale.

Japan’s Rie Kaneto picked up a quick $1,000 for her second-place swim of 2:18.66, while Australia’s Sally Foster finished third overall in 2:19.36.

Ukraine’s Viktoriya Solnceva just missed the podium with a fourth-place 2:19.50, while Canada’s Martha McCabe finished a close fifth in 2:19.96.

Sweden’s Joline Hostman (2:20.91), Ireland’s Fiona Doyle (2:27.14) and Sweden’s Jessica Billquist (2:33.25) made up the rest of the top eight.

Women’s 100 IM
Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu completed a remarkable triple this evening with an exclamation point as she blasted her fourth world-record performance of the meet with a win in the 100-meter IM.

After trailing Poland’s Alexandra Urbanczyk at the 50-meter mark, 26.23 to 26.42, Hosszu brought home her fourth world-record bonus check of $10,000 with a blistering 31.08 backhalf for an amazing 57.50 final time. This morning, she replaced the previous world record of 57.74 set by Hinkelien Schreuder in 2009 with a 57.73 during prelims.

Hinkelien Schreuder
26.82, 57.74 (30.92)
Katinka Hosszu Prelims
26.39, 57.73 (31.34)
Katinka Hosszu Finals
26.43, 57.50 (31.08)

Along with her two other world record performances in the 200-meter IM on day one, Hosszu has collected $40,000 in bonus money. She’s definitely happy that FINA’s Cornel Marculescu decided to eliminate the $50,000 bonus cap at this stop as Eindhoven has now seen six world records with Hosszu owning four (200 IM x 2, 100 IM x 2) and Chad Le Clos (200 fly) and Ranomi Kromowidjojo (50 free) each earning their own $10,000 checks.

And, Hosszu’s not done yet. She’s committed to defending her 2012 FINA World Cup title throughout the 2013 circuit this year. So, plan on seeing Hosszu collect a lot of paychecks along the way.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom finished second this evening in 58.78, while Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson earned another paycheck with a third-place time of 59.11. Urbanczyk couldn’t turn her initial 26.23 surge into prize money as she faded to fourth in 59.23.

Australia’s Emily Seebohm (59.28), Germany’s Theresa Michalak (59.42), Hungary’s Zsuzsanna Jakabos (59.81) and The Netherlands’ Wendy van der Zanden (1:00.73) also swam in the historic finale.

Men’s 200 back
Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki utilized a superior backhalf en route to winning the men’s 200-meter backstroke this evening.

Kawecki, who turned fourth at the 100, already made up the distance by leading at the 150 before winning the race in 1:48.54 with a final 26.98 split. USA’s Tyler Clary turned in the only other sub-1:50 with a 1:49.84 en route to a second-place payday.

Meanwhile, Australia’s Ashley Delaney dueled Japan’s Ryosuke Irie for third with Delaney winning, 1:50.47 to 1:50.63. Australia’s Mitch Larkin also finished close to the podium with a fifth-place 1:50.79.

Canada’s Russell Wood (1:54.12), USA’s Michael Klueh (1:54.93) and France’s Yannick Agnel (1:57.12) tracked down the rest of the championship finishes.

Women’s 50 fly
Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen Gray closed out individual racing in Eindhoven with a 24.87 for the win in the sprint fly finale. Singapore’s Li Tao managed a second-place time of 25.43 in the finale, while The Netherlands’ Inge Dekker posted a third-place time of 25.67 to round out the podium.

Canada’s Katerine Savard (25.90), Canada’s Sandrine Mainville (25.99), Australia’s Ellen Gandy (26.09), Australia’s Brittany Elmslie (26.13) and Italy’s Ilaria Bianchi (26.45) also competed in the finale.

Mixed 200 free relay
The men put the Australians out to a huge lead in the mixed 200-meter freestyle relay this evening and the Aussies never looked back en route to victory.

Matt Abood (21.21), James Magnussen (20.64), Brittany Elmslie (23.97) and Emma McKeon (23.49) topped the finale with a 1:29.31, while The Netherlands’ Jasper Van Mierlo (21.93), Femke Heemskerk (23.51), Ranomi Kromowidjojo (23.04) and Bastiaan Lijesen (21.98) took second in 1:30.46. Canada’s Luke Peddie (21.66), Chris Manning (21.39), Chantal Van Landeghem (23.78) and Sandrine Mainville (24.29) wound up third in 1:31.12.

Netherlands B finished fourth in 1:32.11, while Australia’s B took fifth in 1:33.04. Canada’s B wound up sixth in 1:34.46 with Finland (1:36.80) and Canada’s C team (1:37.39) making up the rest of the fun-filled finale.