FINA SWC2019: Katinka Hosszu earns her second gold in Kazan

FINA SWC2019: Katinka Hosszu earns her second gold in Kazan

November 2, 2019 - 19:25
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Day 2 of the sixth leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup is underway in Kazan. Hungarian swimmer, three-time Olympic champion, many-time world and European champion Katinka Hosszu took her second gold at the tournament in Kazan. She showed the best time in the women’s 400m individual medley, touching the pad at 4:36.77. 

“I’m very happy, I clocked a good time,” Katinka Hosszu said. She is about to compete in the final, seventh leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup in Doha, Qatar. “Will I win for the seventh time? We’ll see, I will do my best,” the Hungarian swimmer concluded.

Claudia Hufnagl of Austria became silver medallist (4:44.66), Zsuzsanna Jakabos of Hungary finished third (4:44.68). 

“When I swam butterfly, I was not thinking about anything. Then I saw Zsuzsanna and I started to swim faster,” Claudia Hufnagl said after the heat. “The result is good, it’s three seconds faster than my best time, and I’m happy. It proves that if you train and don’t give up, you are going to have a good result.”

Russia’s Ilia Druzhinin won the men’s 1,500m freestyle event with 15:10.73. Another Russian swimmer, Iaroslav Potapov, and Korea’s Kim Woomin clocked 15:24.71 and 15:30.93 respectively.

“I’m happy with the result; it’s a good time for this leg,” Ilia Druzhinin assessed his performance. “I’ve been training for two months; I’ve done a certain amount of work, and it looks like my hard work finally started to pay off. As compared to my last year’s performance at the Swimming World Cup in Kazan, this year I have a better result. We have the Russian Short Course Swimming Championships, preliminaries to the European championships ahead of us. I will try to show a better result there.”

Unlike his compatriot, Iaroslav Potapov was not quite pleased with his result. “I thought that I will show a better time or at least the result closer to my previous best result. I will keep working and try harder,” he said.

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