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Another Triple Extends Hosszu's Lead

Oct 14, 2012  - Craig Lord

Another sizzling day on world cup tour for Katinka Hosszu (HUN) resulted in three more victories and a silver a touch behind teammate Zsuzsanna Jakabos as the Stockholm round of the series came to a close. After three legs of the cup, Hosszu has notched up $33,000 in prize money, twice as much as the next best earner.

First up today, Hosszu held off Jakabos and European long-course champion Hannah Miley (GBR) in the 400m medley. The Hungarians raced almost stroke for stroke the whole way, Hosszu gaining a critical half-second advantage on breaststroke on her way to a 4:28.01 to 4:28.79 victory. Miley shadowed the leaders to a 4:30.86 third place, the podium placers a league apart from the rest of a field more the 10sec away.

Jakabos, nursing a fair few near misses behind her teammate on World Cup tour this year, finally got the better of  Hosszu, a 2:06.90 in the 200m butterfly granting her victory by 0.28sec. Sweden's Martina Granstroem took third in 2:08.67.

Hosszu was not done, however. Six years had passed since the medley ace had taken on a short-course 400m freestyle before this tour. Back then, her best was 4:11. Today, Hosszu clocked 4:03.83 for victory. She trailed Lotte Friis (DEN) until the 300m mark before sprinting away to take the race ahead of Melissa Ingram (NZL), 4:05.37, Friis third in 4:05.86.

In her last race of the day and the Swedish round, Hosszu was the sole sub-minute performer in the 100m medley, on 59.71. Theresa Michalak (GER) and Olympic 100m breaststroke champion Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) clocked 1:00.04 and 1:00.65 respectively, Britta Steffen making a rare appearance on medley for fourth in 1:00.69.

Steffen (GER), Olympic champion of 2008 but unable to make the 100m final at London 2012, had earlier taken the 100m freestyle in 52.46. On 25.73 at the 50m turn, Steffen was 0.08sec up on American Jessica Hardy but was the only sprinter in the pack able to get inside 27sec on the way home, Hardy almost a second slower on the last 50m for second place in 53.38, 0.2sec ahead of Australian Jessica Morrison.

Darian Townsend (RSA) enjoyed a brace of victories on the day. He took the 200m freestyle in 1:43.45, 0.22sec the better of Robert Hurley (AUS), whose teammate Tomasso D'Orsogna took third in 1:44.89, world record holder Paul Biedermann (GER) locked out in 1:45.70. Later on, Townsend kept Olympic silver (2008) and bronze (2012) medallist Lazslo Cseh at bay by just 0.02sec in 1:53.66 after the Hungarian had led at the 100m and 150m mark. Henrique Rodrigues (BRA) took bronze in 1:55.15.

In the 1500m freestyle, Lucas Kanieski (BRA) clocked 14:46.68, just shy of his national mark of 14:45.51 from 2010,  just ahead of much improved teammate Marcos Oliveira, 23. On a lifetime best of 15:13.19 at the same Stockholm round of the cup a year ago, Oliveira took second today in 14:51.66, ahead of a 14:54.32 third-place for Italy's Gregorio Paltrinieri.

Glenn Snyders (NZL) held off Neil Versfeld (RSA) and Fabio Scozzoli (ITA) 57.87 to 58.51 and 58.55 respectively in the 100m breaststroke, while Rie kaneto (JPN) dominated the 200m breaststroke in 2:21.09 and Yuki Shirai (JPN) the men's 200m backstroke in 1:50.70.

Kenneth To gave Australia the win over 100m butterfly by 0.07sec, Evgeny Korotyshkin (RUS) his shadow, their 50.19 and 50.26 efforts just ahead of Thomas Shields (USA), on 50.55 and notching up his first set of personal betas on this short-course metres tour. Shields, 21, clocked 51.86 long-course at the US Olympic trials this year.

After To came Rachel Goh for a second straight win for Australia, 57.52 over 100m backstroke granting her a comfortable victory in a final in which no other cracked 59sec.

Towards the end of session, George Bovell (TRI) took the freestyle dash in 20.82, an American candidate for comeback of the year award, Anthony Ervin, on 20.99, Matt Targett (AUS) third in 21.15.