Hosszu retains 200m IM title as records tumble

Mon Aug 3, 2015 2:10pm EDT
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By Rod Gilmour

KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) - Hungary's Katinka Hosszu underlined her status as the leading all-round swimmer with a world record in the women's 200 meters individual medley at the world championships on Monday.

On a day when two other world records fell -- to Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom in the 100 meters butterfly final and American Katie Ledecky in the 1,500m freestyle heats -- 2014 Swimmer of the Year Hosszu powered to gold in two minutes 6.12 seconds.

The 26-year-old shaved 0.03 seconds off the previous mark set by American Ariana Kukors at the 2009 world championships.

Japan's Kanako Watanabe took silver, 2.33 seconds behind Hosszu, while Britain's Siobhan O'Connor claimed bronze.

"Obviously, the record was on my mind, it was my goal," Hosszu told reporters. "It was just perfect."

Sjostrom set her second world record in 24 hours in coasting to the women's 100 metres butterfly title.

Her time of 55.64 seconds broke her previous mark of 55.74, set in the semi-finals on Sunday when she became only the second woman to dip below 56 seconds.

"I am really happy I could show myself, show that I can swim fast even with all of that pressure," she said.   Continued...

Katinka Hosszu of Hungary celebrates after setting new world record and winning the women's 200m individual medley final during the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia  August 3, 2015.   REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke