Doha: Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu lived up to her reputation and form by picking up two gold and one bronze medals on the first day of the FINA Swimming World Cup here at the Hamad Aquatic Centre on Thursday.
Qatar is hosting the competition with over 131 swimmers from 23 countries participating in the second-leg of the international event.
Nicknamed “Iron Lady”, she won the 400m freestyle and 200m butterfly, and the bronze in the 50m backstroke.
She clocked 4:10.02 in the freestyle followed by Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands (4:12.56) and China’s Chanzhen Zhou (4:13.62).
“I am not completely satisfied but definitely happy that I completed all races and still two more days to compete. I am looking forward to winning more medals,” said Hosszu.
The star swimmer proved unstoppable also in the butterfly where she timed 2:09.26 while compatriot Zsuzsanna Jakabos came second (2:10.34). South Africa’s Carina Brand finished third (2:35.58).
But Hosszu (28.57) had to be content with a bronze in the 50m backstroke, which was won by Kira Toussaint of the Netherlands (28.01) followed by compatriot Ranomi Kromowidjojo (28.49).
Meanwhile, USA dominated the men’s category where Blake Pieroni earned the first gold for his country in 400m freestyle (3:53.98). Belgium’s Lorenz Weiremans (3:54.94) and China’s Yuhang Wu (3:55.57) finished second and third respectively.
Michael Andrew claimed the second gold for USA when he won the 100m butterfly with a time of 51.83. South Africa’s Ryan Coetzee (52.20) and Mathys Goosen of the Netherlands (52.99) took the silver and bronze medals.
Russia also bagged two gold medals with Yulia Efimova topping in the 200m breaststroke (2:23.55). Her compatriot Vitalina Simonova came second (2:24.06) and Spain’s Alba Vazquea Ruiz was third (2:30.33).
Vladimir Morozov finished ahead of his challengers in the 50m freestyle (21.80). Andrew and his team-mate Blake Pieroni came second and third (21.95) and (22.17) respectively.