Moscow - Katinka Hosszu of Hungary was untouchable at the fourth leg of the Fina/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup, held in Moscow, Russia on Sunday.
According to the supersport.com website, with a total of seven golds at this stage and an overall 104 victories through the World Cup series, Hosszu is very close to the record of two-time Olympic champion Martina Moravkova from Slovakia, who earned a total of 106 gold medals. "I think l will beat this record at the next stage in Beijing," Hosszu said.
Hosszu faced little opposition in the women's 100m and 400m IM, clocking a respective 58.93 and 4:25.33. She also swept the women's 100m backstroke in 56.63 and 200m butterfly in 2:02.99, and took the bronze in the 50m butterfly. The only event where she did not medal was the 400m freestyle (Hosszu took fourth).
On overcoming the 'Iron lady', Inge Dekker (NED), winner of the 50m butterfly (25.31) and runner-up of the overall ranking, said: "In my opinion, Katinka Hosszu is not unbeatable but it’s hard to beat her; she is always in very good shape and this is why it is interesting to compete against her."
Mireia Belmonte (ESP), who claimed the victory in the women's 400m freestyle but finished twice behind Hosszu - in the 400m IM and 200m butterfly - added: "I admire Katinka [Hosszu]. The fact that she didn’t get the medal in this race is not an unpleasant surprise. She takes part in so many events. Maybe this time she was a little bit tired but she recovered in some half an hour and won the 100m IM."
On her 'marathon' swimming, Hosszu said: "You have to be tough mentally and physically as well when you swim a lot of races. Every time I try to focus on the race that is coming up. I really train hard to fulfil this programme. It seems like working hard is paying of. I just enjoy racing."
Among the men, Chad Le Clos (RSA) collected three more gold, taking first in the 100m butterfly (48.99), 200m IM (1:52.72) and 50m freestyle (21.33). In the 100m butterfly final, the Olympic champion almost set a new world record.
On his attempt, Le Clos said, joking: "I thought it would be impolite to break the record of Evgeny Korotyshkin (48.48) in his native city. Jokes aside, I definitely wanted to break the world record in the 100m butterfly here in Moscow. But I have many gold medals and I’m really happy about it."
Daniel Gyurta (HUN), who set a world record in the 200m breaststroke at the previous stage, said: "The pool is great. Today I managed to win the 100m breaststroke in 57.20. I hope we’ll improve at the world short-course in Doha."