Hosszú in 2015
|Full name||Hosszú Katinka|
3 May 1989 |
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||55.8 kg (123 lb)|
|Strokes||Freestyle, medley, backstroke, butterfly|
|Club||Vasas SC (2012- )
Bajai Spartacus SC ( -2012)
|College team||University of Southern California|
Katinka Hosszú (born 3 May 1989) is a Hungarian competitive swimmer and businesswoman. Hosszú is a five-time long-course world champion and world record holder in multiple events. She has swum at three Summer Olympics: 2004, 2008, and 2012. She currently swims for the Vasas SC, under head coach Shane Tusup. She is one of the most versatile swimmers in the world, and was nicknamed the "Iron Lady", which she has since turned into a fast growing International brand. Hosszú holds two-thirds of the Hungarian national records and is sponsored by swimsuit brand Arena, Audi, Insurance company Groupama, and Hungarian Syrup Company Piroska. She also founded and runs Toos Sports Agency (TSA) an International Sports agency and Management Company out of Budapest, Hungary.
Hosszú is renowned throughout the swimming world for swimming many events well in a short space of time. She is coached by her husband, Shane Tusup, on a one-on-one basis.
She won her first medal at the 2004 European Short Course Swimming Championships, a bronze in 400m medley.
At the 2009 World Championships she won two bronze medals in 200 m medley and 200 m butterfly, before becoming World Champion in 400 m medley. She was elected Hungarian Sportswoman of the Year for her achievements.
At the 2010 European Championships held in her homecountry, she won a silver medal in 400 m medley and became European Champion in 200 m butterfly, 200 m medley and as a member of the 4×200 m freestyle relay team.
At the 2013 World Championships, she pulled out of the 100m backstroke after qualifying second in the heats, to concentrate on the final of the 200m individual medley which she subsequently won with a time of 2:07.92.
At the 2013 World Cup she set world records in 100m IM, 200m IM and 400m IM, breaking 200m record two times and 100m record three times during the World Cup series.
In 2014 Hosszú broke the short course world record in the 100 m and 200 m individual backstroke and in 100 m, 200 m, and 400 m individual medley.
At the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Katinka Hosszú again dealt with a monster programme, competing in the 200m IM, 100m backstroke, 200m freestyle, 200m butterfly, 100m freestyle, 200m backstroke and 400m IM. She posted the top time in prelims of the 100m backstroke, but elected to pull out of the semi final to concentrate on the 200m IM final, a decision which ultimately paid off; she broke the tech suited world record of Ariana Kukors from 2009 in a stunning swim of 2.06.12. Hosszú's time of 58.78 in the prelims of the 100m backstroke would have earned her a bronze medal in the final, however the 200m IM final was 30 minutes after the backstroke semis and swimming it might have cost her the world record in the IM. To go along with the 200 IM performance, she won bronze in the 200 back, was 5th in the 200 free, and capped it off with a victory in the 400 IM on the last day.
Hosszú won six gold medals at the 2015 European Short Course Championships, sweeping all three backstroke and three individual medley events. She broke world records in the 100 m and 400 m individual medley.
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- World record progression 100 metres backstroke
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- World record progression 400 metres individual medley
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