Mireia Belmonte Holds Off Franziska Hentke For 200 Fly World Title

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Just a year removed from her first Olympic gold medal, Mireia Belmonte of Spain won her first individual World Championship title as she swam a 2:05.26 to hold off Germany’s Franziska Hentke for gold as Hentke got the silver at 2:05.39. Hentke won her first individual medal at the World Championships with her silver medal.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu picked up her second medal of the championships as she picked up bronze here with a 2:06.02. This is Hosszu’s first medal internationally in this event since picking up bronze in 2013.

South Korea’s An Sehyeon (2:06.67), China’s Zhang Yufei (2:07.06), Japan’s Suzuka Hasegawa (2:07.43), Hungary’s Liliana Szilagyi (2:07.58) and China’s Zhou Yilin (2:07.67) also competed in the championship final.

Belmonte picks up Spain’s second gold medal at the World Championship on the women’s side as Belmonte joins Nina Zhivanevskaya as Spanish winners at the Worlds as the latter won the gold in the 50 back in 2003.

Hentke also picks up Germany’s first medal in this event at Worlds since Annika Mehlhorn won silver in 2001.

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