Katinka Hosszu Cranks Out World Best 100 Back in Prelims at 2015 FINA World Championships

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Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu continued to be on fire at the 2015 FINA World Championships with a Hungarian record in the women’s 100-meter back prelims in Kazan.

Just a day after twice lowering the textile best in the women’s 200-meter IM, Hosszu clocked a world-best 58.78.

That swim not only beat Emily Seebohm’s 58.89 from the BHP Super Series as the top time this year, it broke Hosszu’s national record of 59.36 as she cleared 59 seconds for the first time.

The performance also moved Hosszu up to seventh all time in the event’s history.

All Time 100 Back

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Hosszu, however, elected to scratch the event to focus on the women’s 200-meter IM finals.

Seebohm nearly joined Hosszu under 59 seconds in prelims with a 59.04 to qualify second.  Her teammate Madison Wilson, already under 59 this year with a 58.94 from Australian Nationals, qualified third in 59.17.

Denmark’s Mie Nielsen swam alongside Hosszu to the fourth seed with a 59.40, while USA’s Missy Franklin overcame a bad start to qualify fifth in 59.59.

Russia’s Anastasia Fesikova also cleared 1:00 with a sixth-seeded 59.84.

Great Britain’s Lauren Quigley (1:00.14), Zimbabwe’s Kirsty Coventry (1:00.14), Iceland’s Eyglo Gustafsdottir (1:00.25) and Brazil’s Etiene Medeiros (1:00.33) closed out the top 10.

Great Britain’s Elizabeth Simmonds (1:00.38), Sweden’s Michelle Coleman (1:00.55), China’s Fu Yuanhui (1:00.55), China’s Chen Jie (1:00.58), Poland’s Alicja Tchorz (1:00.61) and Canada’s Dominique Bouchard (1:00.61) will also move on to the semifinals.

USA’s Kathleen Baker went out have in 28.53, the fastest of the field, but paid for it as she settled for 17th in 1:00.62.  Hosszu’s later scratch pulled her into semis.


  • Women’s 100 back
  • Men’s 100 back
  • Women’s 100 breast
  • Men’s 200 free
  • Women’s 1500 free


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