Hosszu Wins Third Straight 200 IM Title; Margalis Breaks American Record

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Hungarian Katinka Hosszu was about 1.5 seconds off her world record in the 200 IM but still had no trouble winning the first individual event of the night, touching first by more than a second in 2:03.25. The only doubt of Hosszu dominance in the event came over the backstroke leg, when Kathleen Baker dropped a 30.77 split to rocket to first place while Hosszu fell back to third.

The Hungarian Olympic gold medalist made it all up on the breaststroke leg, however, distancing herself further over the final 50 to grab the win. In second was Melanie Margalis (2:04.62), who broke Caitlin Leverenz’s 2011 American record of 2:04.91.

Baker ended up with the bronze (2:05.54), which is the world record holder’s first international medal in the 200 IM.

Baker (on her race and earning bronze): “I just sort if went for it on that one. This was my last individual, so I really wanted to leave everything in the pool I could. It definitely hurt pretty bad coming home on that freestyle, but I’m happy with that time and to get to share the podium with Mel is awesome.”

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3 comments

  1. Cali Ahmed

    Congratulations 💙👑🏊🏼‍♀️👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

  2. Sherri Bogue

    Congrats Melanie