Katinka Hosszu Touches Out Ilaria Cusinato for 200 IM Gold at Euros

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Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu will leave the European Championships in Glasgow with just one medal, but it will be a gold. Hosszu fought off a surprising finish from Italy’s Ilaria Cusinato for her fifth-straight continental title in the 200 IM.

Hosszu touched in 2:10.17, a full four seconds off her world record (2:06.12) but plenty fast enough for gold. Cusinato swam a sterling time of 2:10.25 to take silver, and Switzerland’s Maria Ugolkova claimed bronze in 2:10.83.

The most surprising story of the race was Great Britain’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor taking fourth in 2:10.85. O’Connor just missed bronze by two-hundredths, but she swam a full second slower than her semi-final time of 2:09.80. If she had merely repeated that mark in the final, she would have easily claimed gold.

France’s Fantine Lasaffre, the European champion in the 400 IM, took fifth in 2:11.71, followed by Turkey’s Viktoria Zeynep Gunes (2:12.17), Great Britain’s Aimee Willmott (2:13.13) and Hungary’s Zsuzsanna Jakobos (2:13.37).

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Author: David Rieder

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David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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