Swimming: Hosszu completes her golden treble

Wed Aug 10, 2016 1:24am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Hungary's Katinka Hosszu won her third Olympic gold medal in four days on Tuesday with victory in the women's 200m individual medley.

The 27-year-old, who set an Olympic record of two minutes, 6.58 seconds, had already won the 400 individual medley on Saturday and 100 backstroke on Monday.

"Coming into Rio I didn't have any Olympic medals so I would have been OK having any color medals," Hosszu said. "It's really unreal.

"It's really weird. Honestly, I don't think I had my best race tonight. But even if I don't have my best race, I can still touch the wall first."

Britain's Siobhan-Marie O'Connor took the silver medal, with Maya DiRado of the United States winning a bronze to add to her 400 IM silver.

Hosszu, the 'Iron Lady' who withdrew from the 200m butterfly earlier on Tuesday to prepare for the evening race, is entered in one more individual event, the 200 backstroke.

If she wins that she would equal the women's record of four solo swimming golds at a single Games set by East Germany's Kristin Otto in Seoul in 1988.

She said however that she would just treat the rest of the meet as fun, and would not be putting any pressure on herself.   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Swimming - Final - Women's 200m Individual Medley Final - Olympic Aquatics Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 09/08/2016. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) of Hungary reacts after winning the gold medal.    REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler