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2016 News Swimming

Marco Koch doubles down the breast titles, DAY 3 Windsor

Germany’s Marco Koch made the breaststroke double at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), adding the 200m crown to his tally, already featuring the 100m title. Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu didn’t stop mining gold in Canada, his fourth win came in the 200m back.

The men’s 200m breast, just as the 100m, saw another European sweep of the medals, Marco Koch clinched his second title here in Windsor, getting close (2:01.21) to his weeks-old new WR. It was a clean win from the lean German (he lost 13kg during the autumn and is faster than ever), his winning gap was 1.5sec ahead of Great Britain’s Andrew Willis who was followed by Russian rookie Mikhail Dorinov.

On the contrary, the shorter (100m) fly event didn’t feature any Europeans on the podium (similar to the 200m), South African Chad le Clos set a brilliant new WR (48.08) while GB’s Adam Barrett came close but was 0.16sec shy of the bronze medal.

Among the women, Katinka Hosszu continued her march with a triumph in the 200m back, it was another easy win, 1.5sec ahead of Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina. This was Hosszu’s fourth gold in Windsor, she needed three days to achieve this, two years ago she amassed four titles in the entire event. The next medal-winning performance was postponed, though, as the 800m free turned out to be the first final where she couldn’t climb on the podium. In fact, the schedule was too tight to be ready for the long swim and she – the only European participant in this final – had to settle for the 8th place.

Ranomi Kromowidjojo looked good enough to grab gold once again but the Dutch diva was out-touched at the wall by 0.11sec in the 100m free final, by Aussie Brittany Elmslie, despite Ranomi was in the lead after the half-way mark.

In the session ending mixed medley relay had mixed fortunes to the Europeans, they were far from the medals, the Russians earned the highest place, came 6th, ahead of Sweden, while Italy was disqualified, due to the failed takeover before the last leg.