Swimming: Hosszu pulls out as Adrian squeaks through

Tue Aug 9, 2016 3:53pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Hungary's Katinka Hosszu gave up her bid for a record-equalling five solo women's Olympic swimming medals on Tuesday as some of the sport's top names also wrestled with Rio's late night schedules.

Hosszu, who has already won two golds and destroyed the 400m individual medley world record, pulled out of the 200m butterfly heats to focus on the 200m IM final scheduled for 11.30pm on Tuesday.

Spain's Mireia Belmonte Garcia, a 400 IM bronze medalist on Saturday, was fastest with Natalie Adams of the United States second.

Hungarian swimming federation official Gergely Csurka said Hosszu had not left the venue until 1am on Tuesday after winning Monday's 100m backstroke gold.

The swimming finals have been scheduled for prime time U.S. audiences, and to maximize advertising revenues, with some races ending after midnight local time with media and doping controls to follow.

Hosszu's withdrawal meant she cannot now equal Australian swimmer Shane Gould -- who won her three golds, a silver and a bronze in Munich in 1972.

She could, however, still match former East German swimmer Kristin Otto's 1988 achievement of four individual golds at a single Games.

Nathan Adrian, the men's 100 meters freestyle champion and U.S. team co-captain, also cited the late nights after just scraping through to the semi-finals as the 16th and last qualifier.   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Swimming - Preliminary - Men's 100m Freestyle - Heats - Olympic Aquatics Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 09/08/2016. Nathan Adrian (USA) of USA competes.  REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler