Originally booked to compete in the 200 butterfly, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu scratched herself from the preliminary heats in order to concentrate on Tuesday’s 200 meter IM final. Having already won gold in the 100 backstroke and 400 IM, Hosszu won her third gold medal of these Olympics with an Olympic record time of 2:06.58 in the 200 IM final.
Interestingly enough, this is the sixth consecutive Olympics in which a woman has swept the 200 and 400 IM events. And it’s also Hungary’s first-ever gold medal in this event.
Taking the silver was Great Britain’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor with a time of 2:06.88, with Maya DiRado of the United States taking bronze with a time of 2:08.79. DiRado, who has won two medals in these Olympics, edged out teammate Melanie Margalis for the bronze.
Also competing in the 200 backstroke later this week Hosszu could very well leave Rio with four gold medals, four years after her disappointing performance in London.