sexta-feira, 5 de dezembro de 2014

Five WR in glorious evening for Hungary

After skipping the heats of the 400m free in the morning, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) was the protagonist of the third day of the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Doha (QAT). The FINA Best Female Swimmer of 2014 strategically decided to be in top shape for her two evening finals, the 200m backstroke and the 100m IM and the choice paid off: in both events, the Magyar great established new World Records! In the backstroke race, she clocked 1:59.23 (improving Missy Franklin's WR of 2:00.03 from 2011) and became the first woman to swim under the two-minute mark; in the medley event, she touched home in 56.70, bettering her own best time of 56.86 from the Swimming World Cup action last September. After setting also a global best mark in the 100m backstroke on Day 2, Hosszu has now three gold medals and three WR, plus two silver medals in the 200m butterfly and 400m IM.
But the Hungarian saga in this third night continued with her compatriots Daniel Gyurta and Peter Bernek. In the men's 200m breaststroke, Gyurta controlled the race and got the gold in 2:01.49, while Bernek dominated the men's 400m free, with a victory in 3:34.32, a new Championships record (CR), the oldest one in the charts (the best previous mark of the competition had been established by Australia's Grant Hackett in 1999, in a time of 3:35.01).
The other highlight of the day was the amazing 50m free race by Florent Manaudou (FRA), in a new WR time of 20.26, improving the global best mark (20.30) set by Roland Schoeman (RSA) in 2009. The 24-year-old French departed fast and kept control of the race, defeating among others the 2010 winner and former Championship record (20.51) holder Cesar Cielo of Brazil (third in Doha). Vladimir Morozov (RUS), 2012 winner, finished at the podium's door.
Mireia Belmonte continued to collect gold in the Qatari capital, assuring her fourth victory in the Championships, this time in the 400m free; she was also the champion in the 200m butterfly, 400m IM and 800m free. Belmonte touched home in a new Championships record of 3:55.76, bettering the time of Katie Hoff in 2010 (3:57.07).


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