Katinka Hosszu Sizzles With World-Best 2:07.69 in 200 IM

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A day after posting a European record in the 400 IM, Katinka Hosszu threw down a sizzler in the women’s 200-meter IM at the 2016 FFN Golden Tour in Marseilles.

Hosszu clocked a world-best time of 2:07.69. That swim cleared her 2:08.20 from the Nice stop of the FFN Golden Tour.

Hosszu split her race tonight 27.88, 1:00.07 (32.19), 1:37.71 (37.64), 2:07.69 (29.98).

That’s the ninth-fastest time all time, giving Hosszu six of the top 10 times all time (2:06.12, 2:06.84, 2:07.30, 2:07.46, 2:07.69, 2:07.92) including the world record of 2:06.12 from the 2015 World Championships.  At that meet, she broke the sizzling 2:06.15 set by Ariana Kukors at the 2009 World Championships in what looked to be the most unbreakable techsuit global standard.

No one else has even been close to Hosszu in the 200 IM this year as Sakiko Shimizu owns the second-best time with a 2:10.51.

Hosszu is definitely putting her trademark Iron Lady status aside this meet as she has swum a scaled back slate.

Alexandra Wenk placed second tonight in 2:13.62 with Mireia Belmonte Garcia taking third in 2:13.96.

Hosszu returned later in the evening with a 2:07.36 to move to second in the world in the women’s 200-meter back.  That’s better than her 2:08.32 from the Austin stop of the Arena Series. She only trails Madison Wilson’s 2:07.18 from Australia earlier this year.

Anastasia Fesikova finished second in 2:09.83 to move to eighth in the world, while Elizabeth Simmonds grabbed third in 2:10.08.

Coralie Balmy bettered her second-ranked season best of 4:04.58 in the women’s 400-meter free with a time of 4:04.39 tonight.  She trails only Katie Ledecky’s scorching 3:59.54 from the Austin stop of the Arena Pro Swim Series.

Mireia Belmonte Garcia took second tonight in 4:07.01 to move to seventh in the world, while Martina De Memme claimed third in 4:10.60.

Marco Koch, the top-ranked swimmer in the world with a January record 2:07.69 from the Luxembourg Euro Meet, won the men’s 200-meter breast in a time of 2:08.85 tonight.

Christian Vom Lehn hit the wall second in 2:12.52 with Erik Persson taking third in 2:12.56.

Florent Manaudou blazed his way to a 21.67 in the men’s 50-meter free.  That swim just missed his top-ranked time of 21.57 clocked in Amiens.  Clement Mignon took second in 22.24 to move into a three-way tie for ninth in the world with Santo Condorelli and Ari-Pekka Liukkonen.  Marco Orsi wound up third in 22.40.

After posting a swift 53.93 in prelims, Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom cranked out a 53.80 to win the women’s 100-meter free.  Sjostrom ranks second in the world this year with a sizzling U.S. Open record 53.12 from the Austin stop of the Arena Pro Swim Series.

Meanwhile, Fran Halsall checked in with a second-place time of 54.40 to move to 15th in the world, while Charlotte Bonnet placed third in 54.54.  Bonnet already stands 12th in the world with a 54.37 from the Amiens stop of the Golden Tour.

Sjostrom doubled up with a 57.01 in the women’s 100-meter fly.  That swim is the second-best in the world behind Sjostrom’s top-ranked U.S. Open record 56.38 from the Austin stop.  Rachael Kelly finished second in 58.11, off her seventh-ranked 57.74 from the Speedo Flanders Cup.  Katerine Savard placed third in 58.15 to move to eighth in the world rankings.

Jeremy Stravius touched out James Guy for the men’s 200-meter free title, 1:47.65 to 1:47.67.  Stravius came up a bit short of his 10th-ranked season best of 1:47.56 from Austin, while Guy could not replicate his fifth-ranked season best of 1:46.91 from the Speedo Flanders Cup.

Paul Biedermann took third in 1:48.05 to move to 14th in the world, while Jordan Pothain’s fourth-place 1:48.22 gained him 15th in the world.

Turkey’s Viktoria Zeynep Gunes picked up the women’s 200-meter breast crown in 1:07.51. That time moved her up to ninth in the world rankings, bumping Rikke Moeller Pedersen’s 1:07.53 back a spot.

Italy’s Martina Carraro took second overall in 1:07.98 to take 20th in the world rankings. Chloe Tutton wound up third in 1:08.31.

Jan-Philip Glania moved up to 11th in the world with a time of 54.32 in the men’s 100-meter back.  Simone Sabbioni took second in the finale with a time of 54.77, while Camille Lacourt grabbed third in 54.91.

Carlos Peralta Gallego took home the men’s 200-meter fly in a time of 1:58.00. That swim tied Gallego for 13th in the world rankings.  Jordan Coelho finished second in 1:58.51, short of his ninth-ranked 1:57.41 from the Nice stop. David Verraszto took third in 1:58.54 to move to 19th in the world.

2016 FFN Golden Tour Marseilles: Day 2 – Results

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8 years ago

The good writing for the city Marseille is without s at the end.

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