Katinka Hosszu Crushes 2:00 Barrier With 200 Back World Record at Worlds – Video

DOHA – Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu threw down a barrier-breaking swim to set the world record in the 200 back at the FINA World Short Course Championships. Watch Race Video

Hosszu scorched the pool with a stunning time of 1:59.23 to become the first swimmer under 2:00 in the history of the event.  That swim broke Missy Franklin’s world record of 2:00.03 set back in 2011, and gives Hosszu her second backstroke world mark of the meet.

With Hosszu’s 100 back/200 back victory, she becomes just the third woman to ever pull off the feat at a single World Short Course Championship.  Japan’s Mai Nakamura first did it in 1999, while Zimbabwe’s Kirsty Coventry turned in the effort in 2008.

Heading into tonight, Hosszu’s best swim this year had been a 2:00.85 at the Dubai stop of the FINA World Cup.  That a full 1.5-second drop tonight.

Australia’s Emily Seebohm checked in with a second-place 2:00.13 to move to third behind Hosszu and Franklin, while Japan’s Sayaka Akase took bronze in 2:02.30.

Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina, the defending champion, wound up fourth in 2:02.44.

Australia’s Madi Wilson (2:02.67), Canada’s Hilary Caldwell (2:03.06), USA’s Elizabeth Beisel (2:04.22) and Czech Republic’s Simona Baumrtova (2:04.24) rounded out the finale.

Name 50 100 150 200
Hosszu 28.17 58.36 1:28.77 1:59.23
Seebohm 28.02 59.16 1:30.37 2:00.13
Akase 28.93 59.75 1:30.99 2:02.30

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  • Women’s 200 medley relay finals
  • Men’s 50 back semis
  • Women’s 100 free finals
  • Men’s 50 fly semis
  • Women’s 200 back finals
  • Men’s 200 breast finals
  • Women’s 50 fly finals
  • Men’s 400 free finals
  • Women’s 100 breast semis
  • Women’s 100 IM finals
  • Men’s 50 free finals
  • Women’s 400 free finals
  • Men’s 200 IM finals
  • Women’s 400 free relay finals

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