Mireia Belmonte Thunders to 400 IM SCM World Record

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The swift swims that have highlighted the summer of 2017 continued with Spain’s Mireia Belmonte delivering a shocking upset over Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu in the 400 IM.

Hosszu jumped to an early lead in the race, but Belmonte narrowed the gap and pulled ahead in the breaststroke leg. The Spaniard succeeded in holding off the world champion as she powered to a new world record of 4:18.94.

Belmonte’s time downs Hosszu’s 2015 world record of 4:19.46, set in Netanya, Israel. She also lowered the world cup record of 4:19.82 that Hosszu had set a slim six days ago.

Comparative splits:

  • Belmonte (2017): 27.99, 31.39, 33.99, 33.09, 35.81, 36.97, 30.39, 29.31 = 4:18.94
  • Hosszu (2015): 27.63, 31.56, 32.82, 32.31, 37.56, 37.87, 30.31, 29.40 = 4:19.46

Hosszu settled for second overall and a time of 4:25.18.

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  1. Vanessa Essam

    Wow that’s fast & she won very comfortably!

Author: Taylor Brien

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