Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu matched her first-day output at the second and final day of the FINA World Cup in Hong Kong on Tuesday.
The world’s best female all-around swimmer won another five events and was runner-up in a sixth, giving her a record 10 gold medals and two silvers at a single FINA World Cup meet, according to SwimVortex.com. FINA World Cups are short-course meets (25-meter pools, as opposed to the Olympic-size 50-meter pools).
On Tuesday, Hosszu won the 400m individual medley, 100m backstroke, 200m butterfly, 400m freestyle, 100m individual medley and finished second to the Netherlands’ Inge Dekker in the 50m butterfly.
She faced competition including Spain’s two-time Olympic medalist Mireia Belmonte, but her biggest threats from the U.S., Australia and China were not in Hong Kong.
Hosszu, the reigning World champion in both individual medleys, is perhaps the closest rival to Katie Ledecky to take home female Swimmer of the Year honors.
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They call Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu the “Iron Lady” of swimming. She proved why in Hong Kong on Monday.
Hosszu swam in six finals and won five of them — 800m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 200m individual medley and 200m backstroke — at a FINA World Cup short course (25m pool) meet. Only the Netherlands’ Inge Dekker denied perfection, holding Hosszu to silver in the 50m freestyle.
Hosszu initially entered all 17 events for the two-day meet. She swam seven of eight in Monday’s prelims and dropped the 100m butterfly for Monday’s finals. The meet lacks top U.S. swimmers such as Katie Ledecky and Missy Franklin.
Hosszu, 25, swam at her first Olympics in 2004 at age 15. She also made it to Beijing 2008 and London 2012 but hasn’t won an Olympic medal. Yet.
There’s little doubt she is the world’s best female all-around swimmer. Hosszu swept the individual medleys at the 2013 World Championships after China’s Ye Shiwen did so at the 2012 Olympics.
Hosszu is ranked No. 1 in the world this year in the 200m IM and second to Ye in the 400m IM. She also won European Championships medals this year in backstroke, butterfly and freestyle events.
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