Hungary’s Hosszu finishes off in a flourish in Doha

 10 Oct 2016 - 13:05

Hungary’s Hosszu finishes off in a flourish in Doha

The Peninsula

Doha:  Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, the winner of four gold medals and two silver on Saturday, continued her dominant run in Doha by picking five more gold and one silver on the concluding  day of the of the FINA airweave Swimming World Cup 2016.

Yesterday at the Hamd Aquatic Center, the Hungarian ‘Iron Lady’ won the 100m backstroke, 400m freestyle, 100m individual medley, 400m individual medley and 200m butterfly.

Her lone silver of the day came in the 100m freestyle.

In the women’s 100m back stroke it was another win for  Hosszu as she continued her domination in one of her Olympic gold medal races. Hosszu won in 56.44, well ahead of Ukraine’s Darya Zevina, who clocked 57.26 after taking down Hosszu in the 200 backstroke on Saturday

In 400 freestyle, Hosszu earned yet another come-from-behind win in the 400 free, taking over the lead with a blistering 58.64 final 100 meters. She touched in 4:03.94, out-pacing China’s Fang Yi, who settled for second in 4:04.82.

In women’s 100 individual medley, Hosszu took home another gold medal this World Cup series, stopping the clock in 57.92. Also finishing under a minute was Katie Meili of the USA in 59.19. Fellow breaststroker Alia Atkinson swam a 1:00.51 for third.

In 400m individual medley, Hosszu claimed her final gold of the Doha stop with a 4:31.18 finish.

Picking up second was fellow Hungarian Zsuzsanna Jakabos with a time of 4:33.39, while the bronze medal went to Australia’s Tessa Wallace and her time of 4:42.18.
In women’s breastroke, it was the familiar trio of ladies atop the sprint breaststroke, but this time, Alia Atkinson got her hand to the wall first. The Jamaican posted a blistering 28.98, just shy of Jessica Hardy’s world record of 28.80 from 2009.

Second went to Russia’s Yulia Efimova in 29.27, and the USA’s Katie Meili had to settle for third in 29.78.

In women’s 100m freestyle Hosszu had to finish in second place

Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen opened the day with a win. She led by seven tenths at the halfway point and never looked back, pulling away for a 51.58 triumph. The win was her third of the competition after capturing the 100 fly and 50 free day one.

Hosszu came in second at 52.63, pulling ahead of Australia’s Madeline Groves and Brittany Elmslie on the way home. Groves ended up third in 52.89 and Elmslie fourth in 52.97.

In the men’s section, South Africa’s Chad le Clos  took home two gold and one silver.

In the 200m freestyle it was a battle of the outside lanes as le Clos overtook Great Britain’s James Guy for first place with a blazing last 50. Guy had previously pulled ahead of le Clos on the third 50, but the South African had something left in the tank.

Le Clos touched in 1:42.84, and Guy held off another South African, Myles Brown, for second, 1:43.17 to 1:43.20.

The second gold for the South African came in the 100 freestyle. Le Clos earned another comeback win.

The two-time Olympic silver medalist and defending World Champion in the event trailed Japan’s Takeshi Kawamoto and Belarus’ Pavel Sankovich at the halfway point before rallying on the way home.

Le Clos touched in 50.23, well off his world record of 48.44 but just enough to clip Kawamoto’s 50.44. Sankovich ended up third in 50.98.

In the 50m freestyle, Vladimir Morozov sprinted his way to the top of the podium as he so often does, stopping the clock in 21.05 for gold. Taking second behind the Russian was Great Britain’s Benjamin Proud in 21.22.

le Clos rounded out the top three in 21.34. Just .01 behind him was Japan’s Shinri Shioura.