Doha 2014, Day 2: Brazil rejoices, Hosszu gets WR consolation
The satisfaction of Katinka Hosszu (HUN) and of her coach at the end of the women’s 100m backstroke is the image of Day 2 at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), taking place in Doha (QAT) until December 7. After an initial day where she lost two races (200m butterfly and 400m IM) to Mireia Belmonte (ESP), the Magyar swam with all her energy for the gold in the backstroke event, highlighting her effort with a new World Record of 55.03 – Hosszu swam 0.20 faster than Shiho Sakai (JPN, 55.23) in 2009. When looking at the scoreboard, the FINA Best Female Swimmer of 2014, strongly beat the water, and screamed her joy, meaning to whoever doubted on her shape that she is one of the swimmers to beat in the Qatari capital.
But this consolation was not enough to win the third direct duel with Mireia Belmonte, this time in the 800m free. The Magyar champion looked tired throughout the final, and Belmonte, WR holder since 2013 in 7:59.34 easily managed to control operations: she got her third gold in Doha, winning in a new Championships record of 8:03.41 (almost five seconds faster than the 8:08.25 clocked in 2008 by Rebecca Adlington, from Great Britain). Hosszu was fifth (8:20.71) of the fastest heat and ninth in the overall ranking of the event.
Doha 2014, Day 1: Belmonte, 2 – Hosszu, 0
The 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), staged in Doha (QAT) from December 3-7, 2014 couldn’t have started in a better way: after the initial day, three World Records and six Championships records were already established, with some races having unpredictable outcomes.
The hero of the inaugural evening session was undoubtedly Mireia Belmonte (ESP), winning the women’s 200m butterfly and the 400m IM in outstanding WRs of 1:59.61 and 4:19.86 respectively. And in both occasions, she defeated Katinka Hosszu (HUN), the dominator of the 2014 season in short-course pool. Chad Le Clos (RSA) won the men’s 200m free duel against Ryan Lochte (USA), France was first in the men’s 4x100m free, while the Netherlands totally dominated the women’s 4x200m free in a new global best mark of 7:32.85.