Maya DiRado Upsets Katinka Hosszu For Victory In The 200 Back

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Women’s 200 Back FINAL:

When the women of the 200 back final walked out on deck for their final swim many believed that Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu was about to bag her fourth and final Olympic gold medal of the meet.

Hosszu was quick off the start, powering her way to a decisive lead with more than half a second separating her from the USA’s Maya DiRado and Canada’s Hilary Caldwell at the 100 turn. With 25-meters left to go DiRado gained on Hosszu, powering to the wall to out-touch Hosszu by .06 seconds with a 2:05.99.

The “Iron Lady” settled for second with a time of 2:06.05, while Caldwell took third with a 2:07.54.

Russia’s Daria Ustinova delivered a final 2:07.89 to pick up fourth, while Australia’s Belinda Hocking took fifth with a 2:08.02.

Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe picked up sixth with a 2:08.80, ahead of China’s Liu Maxine’s 2:09.03.

Iceland’s Eyglo Gustafsdottir rounded out the top eight with a 2:09.44.

Full results are available here.

4 Comments

4 comments

  1. avatar
    Bill Bell

    Unless Gustafsdotti has suddenly changed her nationality, she AIN’T Isreali…she represents ICELAND! (ISL vs. ISR)

    Learn your countries.

  2. avatar
    Steven V. Selthoffer

    I like it when Bill proof reads. He caught me once on a country code. You know you’ve made it in sport journalism when Bill gets ya! 🙂

  3. avatar
    Tomas Thrainsson

    It’s not the first time this journo messed up the nationality of the swimmers from Iceland. The same happened with her report on 100 breaststroke with regards to Luthersdottir, who’s also Icelandic and not Israeli

  4. avatar
    JT

    Anyone whose name ends in -dottir should be a clue!

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Taylor Brien is the Circulation and Operations Manager at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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