Windsor - Katinka
Hosszu, seeking to add an exclamation point to her sparkling Olympic
year, captured gold and silver on Tuesday as the Short Course Swimming
World Championships began in Windsor, Canada.
Hungary's "Iron Lady" of swimming, a treble gold medalist at the Rio
Games in August, powered to a dominant victory in the 400m individual
Her time of 4min 21.67sec was more than two seconds off her own world
record, but it was comfortably in front of runner-up Ella Eastin's
Easton seized silver after Vietnam's Anh Vien Nguyen appeared to
touch second but was disqualified. American Madisyn Cox was third in
The triumph came shortly after Italian veteran Federica Pellegrini denied Hosszu in the 200m freestyle.
Pellegrini, 28, was closing at the final turn and churned past Hosszu
on the final lap to take the first short course world title of her
career in 1:51.73.
Hosszu settled for silver in 1:52.28, with 16-year-old Canadian Taylor Ruck third in a national record of 1:52.50.
Hosszu, one of the few Rio stars competing in Windsor, pulled triple
duty on Tuesday, also booking her place in the 100m backstroke final.
While Hosszu's win was an extension of a stellar year that saw her
win 200m and 400m medley and 100m backstroke gold in Rio, South Korean
Park Tae-Hwan's 400m freestyle triumph was a turnaround in a largely
Park, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist who fizzled in Rio after serving a
drugs ban, pounced to overtake Russian Aleksandr Krasnykh in the final
100m, winning in 3:34.59.
Krasnykh took silver in 3:35.30 while 2014 short course world champion Peter Bernek of Hungary was third in 3:37.65.
Park will be hoping his first short course world crown is a launching
point for a new phase of his career as swimmers begin looking toward
the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
After serving an 18-month steroid ban, Park battled South Korean team officials for the chance to compete in Rio.
But once there he failed to advance from the heats in the 100m, 200m and 400m free and scratched from the 1 500m free.
Park showed signs of a resurgence with four titles at the Asian
championships in November - but also revealed last month that his
training for Rio was hampered by worries over threats by former vice
sports minister Kim Chong that his determination to compete in the 2016
Games could see him cut off from access to corporate sponsorship.
Chad le Clos also shook off Rio disappointment with a victory in the 200m butterfly.
The South African was denied an Olympic title repeat in the 200m fly by US great Michael Phelps.
But a storming finish saw him repeat as short course world champion
in 1:48.76 - the third-fastest performance ever in a 25m pool.
American Tom Shields, swimming in lane eight, led at the 150m mark
but finished second in 1:49.50. Japan's Daiya Seto was third in 1:49.97.
China's Rio bronze medalist Wang Shun won the men's 200m medley in
1:51.74, ahead of Germany's Philip Heintz (1:52.07) and Japan's Seto
Vladimir Morozov's storming third leg powered Russia to a victory
over defending champions France in the men's 4x100m freestyle relay.
Morozov took the Russians from third to first, and Popkov held on for
the victory in 3:05.90 went into the water for the third leg on
Russia’s 400 free relay in third place, but he blasted a 45.42 split, by
far the fastest in the field, and Aleksandr Popkov held on to give the
Russians the gold.
Nikita Lobintsev, Mikhail Vekovishchev, Morozov and Popkov combined
to post a time of 3:05.90, with France second in 3:07.35. The United
States and Australia shared bronze in 3:07.76.
The United States' quartet of Amanda Weir, Kelsi Worrell, Madison
Kennedy and Mallory Comerford won the women's 4x100m free in 3:28.82
ahead of an Italian squad anchored by Pellegrini (3:30.28) and the
Results of finals on Tuesday, the first day of the Short Course Swimming World Championships at Windsor, Ontario:
1. Park Tae-Hwan (KOR) 3min 34.59sec
2. Aleksandr Krasnykh (RUS) 3:35.30
3. Peter Bernek (HUN) 3:37.65
1. Chad le Clos (RSA) 1:48.76
2. Tom Shields (USA) 1:49.50
3. Daiya Seto (JPN) 1:49.97
200m individual medley
1. Wang Shun (CHN) 1:51.74
2. Philip Heintz (GER) 1:52.07
3. Daiya Seto (JPN) 1:52.89
4x100m freestyle relay
1. Russia (Nikita Lobintsev, Mikhail Vekovishchev, Vladimir Morozov, Aleksandr Popkov) 3:05.90
2. France (Clement Mignon, Jeremy Stravius, Jordan Pothain, Mehdy Metella) 3:07.35
3. (tied) Australia (Brayden McCarthy, Daniel Smith, David Morgan, Tommaso D'Orsogna) 3:07.76
United States (Michael Chadwick, Tom Shields, Paul Powers, Blake Pieroni) 3:07.76
1. Federica Pellegrini (ITA) 1:51.73
2. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 1:52.28
3. Taylor Ruck (CAN) 1:52.50
400m individual medley
1. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 4:21.67
2. Ella Eastin (USA) 4:27.74
3. Madisyn Cox (USA) 4:27.78
1. United States (Amanda Weir, Kelsi Worrell, Madison Kennedy, Mallory Comerford) 3:28.82
2. Italy (Erika Ferrarioli, Silvia Di Pietro, Aglaia Pezzato, Federica Pellegrini) 3:30.28
3. Netherlands (Maud van der Meer, Marrit Steenbergen, Maaike de Waard, Ranomi Kromowidjojo) 3:31.10