Hosszu fastest in 400m individual medley heats

Sun Aug 9, 2015 6:05am EDT
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By Rod Gilmour

KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) - Hungary's Katinka Hosszu was the standout performer in the women's 400 meters individual medley heats as the final morning session at the world championships concluded at the Kazan Arena.

Chasing her third world title in the event since 2009, Hosszu recorded four minutes 32.78 seconds to easily qualify fastest for the final later on Sunday as she looks to add to her 200m individual medley title.

Barbora Zavadova, of the Czech Republic, qualified second quickest, 2.82 seconds behind, with Canada's Emily Overholt in third.

However, Olympic champion Ye Shiwen, who also holds the world record at 4:28.43, failed to advance. The Chinese, who finished eighth in the 200m individual medley final, could only finish in 15th place, a disappointing 10.18 seconds behind Hosszu.

"World records are something we always look at and I have been chasing them all the time," said Hosszu. "It is the ultimate goal and let's see how much faster I can go tonight.

Hopefully I will be faster than I was this season.

"It's going to be really tough later and there have been swimmers who have been waiting for this day but I think I will be focused and ready to go."

In the men’s 400 individual medley, Chase Kalisz, of the United States, posted the fastest time of 4:11.83, ahead of European champion David Verraszto, of Hungary. Japan’s current world champion Daiya Seto was third.   Continued...

Hungary's Katinka Hosszu competes in the breaststroke section of the women's 400m individual medley heats at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia August 9, 2015. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke