Hungary’s Hosszu shatters 400m women’s IM world record, wins gold

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Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu entered the women’s 400 meter individual medley final Saturday night as the favorite to win the gold medal. Not only did Hosszu win gold, her first-ever Olympic medal of any kind, but she shattered the world record in the process.

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Hosszu finished with a time of 4:26.36, more than two seconds better than the world record set by China’s Ye Shiwen in London four years ago. After failing to win a medal four years ago Hosszu was at the low point in her career. But with her excitable husband Shane Tusup also serving as her coach, Hosszu bounced back and on Saturday notched the greatest achievement of her career to date.

And at 27 years old Hosszu is the oldest gold medalist in the history of this event, overtaking Ireland’s Michelle Smith (1996). As a former USC swimmer, Hosszu’s win means that USC has had at least one gold medalist in every Olympics since 1912.

Maya DiRado of the United States won the silver medal with a time of 4:31.15, just three one-hundredths of a second off of the American record. Winning the bronze medal was Spain’s Mireia Belmonte, who finished at 4:32.39. Elizabeth Beisel of the United States failed to medal after winning the silver in this event four years ago in London, finishing sixth with a time of 4:34.98.

Lucas Braathen, world’s top male slalom skier, in doubt for world championships

Lucas Braathen

Norway’s Lucas Braathen, the world’s top male slalom skier this season, is doubtful to compete in the world championships slalom on Feb. 19 after appendix surgery on Tuesday.

“It’s been a tough couple of days fighting after surprisingly finding out about quite an intense infection on my appendix,” Braathen, a 22-year-old soccer convert with a Brazilian mom, posted on social media. “I’ve been through surgery and I’m blessed that it went successfully.”

The Norway Alpine skiing team doctor said Braathen’s recovery will take a few weeks, but there is a small possibility he can make it back for the world championships slalom, which is on the final day of the two-week competition.

Braathen has two slalom wins and one giant slalom win this World Cup season. He will miss Saturday’s slalom in Chamonix, France, the last race before worlds. Countryman Henrik Kristoffersen and Swiss Daniel Yule can overtake him atop the World Cup slalom standings in Chamonix.

Braathen entered last year’s Olympics as the World Cup slalom leader and skied out in the first run at the Games.

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Sifan Hassan sets marathon debut

Sifan Hassan

Sifan Hassan, who won 5000m and 10,000m gold and 1500m bronze at the Tokyo Olympics in an unprecedented triple, will make her 26.2-mile debut at the London Marathon on April 23.

Hassan, a 30-year-old Dutchwoman, said she will return to the track after the race, but how the London Marathon goes will play into whether she bids for the Olympic marathon in 2024.

“I want to see what I can do on the marathon distance, to make future decisions,” she posted on social media. “We’ll see if I will finish the distance or if the distance will finish me.”

Exhausted by her Olympic feat, Hassan reportedly went at least seven months after the Tokyo Games between training in track spikes. She finished fourth in the 10,000m and sixth in the 5000m at last July’s world championships in Eugene, Oregon.

“I really needed a break after the Tokyo Olympics,” Hassan said at worlds. “I was mentally crashed. I didn’t even care about running.”

London, billed as the best women’s marathon field in history, also boasts Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya, world record holder Brigid Kosgei of Kenya, 2016 Olympic 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia, 1500m world record holder Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia and the two fastest Americans in history, Emily Sisson and Keira D’Amato.

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