Hosszu wins 100m backstroke to claim second gold

Tue Aug 9, 2016 10:05am EDT
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By Mark Trevelyan

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Katinka Hosszu of Hungary won the women's Olympic 100 meters backstroke on Monday to claim her second gold of the Rio Games, edging out Kathleen Baker of the United States.

Canada's Kylie Masse and China's Fu Yuanhui tied for bronze, with the top four separated by just 0.31 seconds.

Australian world champion Emily Seebohm, swimming in an outside lane, set the early pace but Hosszu powered her way through the field in the last half of the race to touch the wall in 58.45 seconds.

Baker, who qualified fastest for the final, clocked 58.75, to finish 0.01 seconds ahead of Masse and Fu.

It was a second gold in Rio for Hosszu, the self-styled 'Iron Lady' of swimming, after her world record-breaking victory in the 400 individual medley on Saturday.

"It's really cool, I can't believe I've won the 100 back," the 27-year-old told reporters. "I know I've done the 100 back in the 400IM a million times and the goal was to make it like second nature when I came to Rio, which is how it felt.

"This time I was fresh and in great shape. I just focused on the execution and was not worrying about where I came."

Hosszu, who is also swimming in the 200 backstroke, butterfly and medley, had come away empty-handed from three previous Olympics, despite winning five world championships titles.   Continued...

Katinka Hosszu (HUN) of Hungary poses with her medal    REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth