Katinka Hosszu and Australians Dominate in the Pool
The only gap in Katinka Hosszu’s swimming résumé was an Olympic medal, but she rectified that in resplendent fashion on Saturday night, winning the 400-meter individual medley in 4 minutes 26.36 seconds at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium. The time broke the world record of 4:28.43 set at the London Games by China’s Ye Shiwen.
Hosszu’s best finish in six individual events contested over three previous Olympics was a fourth in the 400 I.M. in 2012. Ye finished 27th in the heats in defense of her title in 4:45.86.
Hosszu of Hungary is known for having a contentious and intense relationship with her coach and husband, Shane Tusup.
First Relay to Australia: Australia won the women’s 4×100-meter relay in a world record time of 3:30.65.
The American team had the lead after two legs, but swimming third, Bronte Campbell cruised past Dana Vollmer to give her sister, Cate, the lead.
The American team had Katie Ledecky on anchor, but she is better at longer distances, and could not pass the 100-meter freestyle favorite, Campbell. Despite their freestyle sprint excellence over the years, the Americans have not won this race since 2000.