Swimming, Day 2 - Women's 200m IM: Hungarian rhapsody for Hosszu
Katinka Hosszu brought Hungary their first world title in the Barcelona pool with an emphatic victory in the women's 200m individual medley. Hosszu, 400m individual medley champion in 2009 when she also took bronze in the 200 IM, took charge from the outset and never allowed her rivals near as Olympic gold medallist and defending champion Shiwen Ye of China finished outside the medals in fourth place.
Hosszu, eighth in the event at the 2012 Olympics, won in 2:07.92, with Olympic silver medallist Alicia Coutts (AUS) collecting her third silver medal in two days, clocking 2:09.39 and repeating her 2011 world silver. The 25-year-old Australian had started the evening session with silver in the 100m butterfly to go with her silver the previous evening in the 4x100m freestyle relay. Home fans cheered Mireia Belmonte, Spain's double Olympic silver medallist in 2012, as she took the bronze in 2:09.45, just 0.06 seconds behind Coutts. Ye, the youngest world 200 IM champion ever when she won in 2011 at just 15, was barely in the hunt and had to settle for fourth in 2:10.48
World Record: Ariana Kukors (USA), 2:06.15 – July 27, 2009 in Rome (ITA)
Championships Record: Ariana Kukors (USA), 2:06.15 – July 27, 2009 in Rome (ITA)
Best performance of the current season (since January 2013): Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2:07.92 – July 29, in Barcelona (ESP)
2003-2011 winners in this event: 2003 – Yana Klochkova (UKR, 2:10.75); 2005 – Katie Hoff (USA, 2:10.41); 2007 – Katie Hoff (USA, 2:10.13); 2009 – Ariana Kukors (USA, 2:06.15); 2011 – Shiwen Ye (CHN, 2:08.90)
The best in this event (1. most victories or 2. fastest time): Katie Hoff (USA, 2005 & 2007)
2012 Olympic podium: 1. Shiwen Ye (CHN, 2:07.57), 2.Alicia Coutts (AUS, 2:08.15), 3. Caitlin Leverenz (USA, 2:08.95)
Gold medal winner: Katinka Hosszu (HUN)
"One of my best strokes is the butterfly, I had to go strong for sure. When I was turning onto freestyle, I saw the others coming and I just wanted to touch the wall and celebrate it."
"I was just pushing the freestyle leg, it really hurt at the end, I saw the time, I felt like I had to check and I was really happy to see I was the one that won."
On Shiwen Ye not being on the podium: "I was really surprised. I'm sure she will get back on the podium later, she is an awesome swimmer."
On difference between her gold in the event in 2009 and this one: "There is a huge difference. I went through a lot in the past 4 years. To be fourth at the London Olympics and coming so close to medal, it's hard to come back from it so I feel like I value this gold medal even more."
Silver medal winner: Alicia Coutts (AUS)
"It's been a big 2 days for me, it was pretty tough, I had five races in all. I was very tired and feeling very emotional. I just swam out there and gave everything I had left tonight."
"It did relax me a bit more [to have already won 2 silver medals], I told myself before the race that if I didn't medal in the 100 fly, it would have been the first time in the last 3 or 4 years so I was really happy to come away and do a decent time. It's faster than I went at trials. I knew that coming to this meet was to try to improve what had done earlier this year."
Bronze medal winner: Mireia Belmonte Garcia (ESP)
"I'm very surprised about the bronze, I did not expect this medal."
On the home atmosphere: "The whole Spanish swimming team is really shocked by the support we get here, it's really special to compete at home. I felt the crowd shouting in the last 50m and it gave me strength to swim faster."
"The London Olympics produced a switch in my career, now I can take from that experience and it has helped improve my marks so I just try to enjoy these World Championships as much as possible. I still have 4 more events to swim."
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