Katinka Hosszu Stuns, Takes Down Techsuited World Record in 200 IM at 2015 FINA World Championships

Jun 20, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Katink Hosszu (HUN) swims the final prelim of the Women 200M Butterfly during the morning session at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara, Calif. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports
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The Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu broke the most infamous world record of the techsuit era as she clipped Ariana Kukors’ amazing women’s 200-meter IM global mark at the 2015 FINA World Championships.

Hosszu, who broke down in tears after the tremendous feat, did what no one thought would be done anytime soon as she blazed her way to a scorching time of 2:06.12.

That performance clipped the previous world record of 2:06.15 set by Kukors at the 2009 World Championships.

Before Hosszu began her focused attack on the record this year, Stephanie Rice was the closest swimmer to Kukors’ record with a 2:07.03 from the 2009 meet as well.  The textile best also had stood to Ye Shiwen with a 2:07.57 from the 2012 London Olympics, a full second-and-a-half off Kukors’ time.

No one thought the record would fall – other than Hosszu.  Hosszu, so focused on breaking the record, changed up her typical Iron Lady schedule by scratching the top seed in the 100-meter back semis as she definitely sacrificed a medal in that event for the world record in the 200 IM.

That’s Hosszu’s fourth career world title as she is looking to make history this year heading into the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Comparative Splits

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In the mythical swim against Kukors, one can see that Hosszu pushed the pace as hard as she possibly could through 150 meters and did what she had to do to overcome the techsuit-aided final freestyle charge of Kukors.

Japan’s Kanako Watanabe finished second in 2:08.45 to crush her Japanese record of 2:09.61.  That swim moved her up to second in the world alongside Siobhan Marie O’Connor’s 2:08.45 from yesterday.

O’Connor grabbed bronze in a time of 2:08.77, just off her British record of 2:08.21.

USA’s Maya DiRado took fourth in 2:08.99 with Great Britain’s Hannah Miley placing fifth in 2:10.19.

Canada’s Sydney Pickrem (2:10.32), USA’s Melanie Margalis (2:10.41) and China’s Ye (2:14.01) closed out the rest of the championship heat.

2015 FINA World Championships, Swimming: Day 2 Finals – Results


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


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  1. Peter Nagy

    HOSSZÙ —respect her and try to write her name correctly plz. Shame on you again.

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      You mean Hosszú, with acute accent?

  2. avatar

    This online magazine calls itself WORLD.

    Yet, the new world record (and without the specisl dress) og Katinka Hosszú appears only as the sixth news in the header banner,
    and it doesn’t appear anywhere else on the main page. There are news only about American swimmers.

    Americans are so disgustingly conceited, narcissistic and arrogant. It makes me wanna puke in their swimming pool.

  3. avatar

    Bet if she hadn’t competed in every race in every meet from id-January thru mid- July she would be down in the Lochte/Phelos range– but then her bank account wouldn’t have been $10 mil higher either.
    Four twenty-five in the 400 IM?
    For sure by Rio!

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