Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu was named FINA’s Female Swimmer of the Year over Katie Ledecky for a second straight year on Sunday.
In 2015, Ledecky became the first man or woman to sweep the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyles at a World Championships in August. She also broke the 800m and 1500m free world records. The women’s 1500m free is not part of the Olympic program.
Hosszu swept the 200m and 400m individual medleys at Worlds, breaking the 200m IM world record.
The Hungarian also cleaned up on the FINA World Cup circuit throughout the year, while Ledecky swam zero World Cup events. That’s the reason why Hosszu earned Swimmer of the Year over Ledecky, if FINA went by this criteria published on its website.
Ledecky did win the award in 2013 and earned the female Performance of the Year for 2015.
Australia’s Mitch Larkin took the men’s award after sweeping the 100m and 200m backstrokes at Worlds and breaking the short-course 200m back world record. He’s the first Australian male or female swimmer to win the award, which debuted in 2010.
Missy Franklin earned the women’s award for 2011 and 2012. Ryan Lochte has won the men’s award three times and Michael Phelps once.
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The World Championships for swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming will be in Fukuoka, Japan, in 2021 and Doha in 2023.
FINA, aquatics’ international governing body, announced the decisions Sunday for its World Championships, which are held in odd-numbered years. Nanjing, China, was reportedly the only other bidder for the 2021 and 2023 Worlds.
The 2017 World Championships are in Budapest, which was originally to host the 2021 Worlds but took the 2017 edition after Guadalajara, Mexico, gave them up for financial reasons.
The 2019 World Championships are in Gwangju, South Korea.
Hungary, South Korea and Qatar have never previously hosted a World Aquatics Championships.
Fukuoka hosted in 2001, when a 16-year-old Michael Phelps captured his first global title.
The U.S., the nation with the most Worlds medals by far, has never hosted a World Aquatics Championships, which will celebrate their 20th edition in 2023.
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New Arizona resident Michael Phelps remembers his first time attending an Arizona State basketball game, looking behind the opposing team’s basket for his first glimpse of the “Curtain of Distraction.”
“What is going on over there?” Phelps thought to himself.
On Thursday night, Phelps experienced it, dancing in a skimpy swimsuit, bow tie and a bunch of gold medals to distract an opponent shooting free throws (video here). It worked.
“I looked at one of the Oregon State players, and he 100 percent looked right at us,” Phelps said minutes later in an interview on the Pac-12 Network. “Then they missed the free throw.”
Phelps has said he will retire after the Rio Olympics but remain in Tempe as a volunteer assistant for longtime coach Bob Bowman, now the Arizona State swim coach.
“To be in this atmosphere for an extending period of time is something that I’m looking forward to,” Phelps said.
Phelps also mentioned in the broadcast interview that Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr taught him how to shoot free throws in a Las Vegas hotel room.
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