SWC 2012, Tokyo day 2: Hosszu (HUN) bags two more gold for a total 35
November 7, 2012 TOKYO - Katinka Hosszu (HUN) collected two more gold medals in the final day of the seventh leg of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2012, which concluded in Tokyo (JPN) on November 7. After three victories on Day 1, the Magyar champion has now an accumulated total of 35 gold medals in this year’s series, being the most successful athlete of the competition.
Hosszu dominated the women’s 200m butterfly in 2:05.90 and the 400m individual medley in 4:28.14, leaving in both cases her compatriot Zsuzsanna Jakabos with the silver medal. Moreover, Hosszu consolidated her lead in the overall ranking of the World Cup, and now, before the last leg in Singapore, she can only lose the title in one circumstance: if Jakabos establishes a new World Record in Singapore and she is not in the first 10 ranked swimmers of the meet. A very remote possibility given the regularity of Hosszu throughout the entire circuit.
On Day 2 in the Japanese capital, Britta Steffen (GER) added the 100m free crown to her 50m free success in the first day, becoming the only athlete to have won the same event in all seven legs of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup. In Tokyo, Steffen established the fastest winning time of her seven triumphs in the 100m free, touching home in 52.42.
Jessica Hardy (USA) also made a successful 50-10m victory in breaststroke, clocking the fastest 50m in the 2012 edition, with a winning time of 29.92. Previously, Hardy had won in Moscow (30.29) and in Berlin (30.13). In the 200m breaststroke, Rie Kaneto (JPN) got her fifth straight win, the fastest, in 2:18.38. In the 400m free and 100m IM, Melissa Ingram (NZL, 4:05.22) and Sophie Allen (GBR, 59.50) respectively got the gold in front of a certain… Katinka Hosszu!
Among men, George Bovell (TRI) added another success in Tokyo, by triumphing in the 50m free (he had won the 100m IM in the first day). It was Bovell’s fourth triumph in 2012, while Anthony Ervin (USA), second in Tokyo, accumulates three victories.
In the longest event of the programme, Michael Klueh (USA) got the gold in 14:38.64, the best winning time of the series, thus conquering his second title in Tokyo after the 400m free. Stanislav Donets (RUS), the best performer of the meet thanks to his victory in the 100m backstroke, also got the crown in the 50m, touching first in 23.25. Finally, local hero Daiya Seto, who had established a World Cup record on Day 1 in the 400m IM, was again the best in the 200m IM, earning gold in 1:52.48, the first sub 1:53 effort of the series.