Mag­nif­i­cent seven for Katinka Hosszu at Short Course Worlds

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Katinka Hosszu brought the cur­tain down on a week of dom­i­nance at the Short Course World Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships on Sun­day by clinch­ing her sev­enth gold medal of the meet. The Hun­gar­ian swim­ming star, af­fec­tion­ately known as the “Iron Lady” surged to vic­tory in the 100m but­ter­fly to cap a su­perb cam­paign at the cham­pi­onships in Wind­sor, On­tario. Hosszu touched the wall 55.12sec, tak­ing gold ahead of Kelsi Wor­rell of the United States (55.22) and Ja­pan’s Rikako Ikee 55.64. The 27-year-old Hosszu had al­ready stamped her class on the cham­pi­onships with wins in the 100m, 200m and 400m med­ley as well as the 200m but­ter­fly and 100m and 200m back­strokes.

Sun­day’s fi­nal win at the WFCU Cen­tre com­pletes a phe­nom­e­nal 2016 for Hosszu, who also lit up the Rio de Janeiro Olympics with three gold medals. There was more gold too on Sun­day for South Korea’s Park Tae-Hwan, who added the 1,500m ti­tle to the 200m and 400m crowns won ear­lier in the week. The win en­sured Park fin­ishes the year on a tri­umphant note af­ter a tu­mul­tuous sea­son which saw him bat­tle to com­pete in Rio af­ter serv­ing a drugs ban only to come away from Brazil emp­ty­handed. Park fin­ished well clear of his ri­vals in 14:15.51, ahead of Italy’s Gre­go­rio Pal­trinieri, who clocked 14:21.94 for sil­ver and Poland’s Wo­j­ciech Wo­j­dak, who took bronze in 14:25.37.

Else­where Sun­day, South Africa’s 2012 Olympics breast­stroke cham­pion, Cameron van der Burgh, won gold in the 50m dis­ci­pline. Van der Burgh took the ti­tle in 25.64sec, fin­ish­ing ahead of Peter Stevens of Slove­nia (25.85) and Brazil’s Felipe Lima (25.98). But there was more dis­ap­point­ment for US teenager Lilly King. King, one of the ris­ing stars of US swim­ming who won gold in the 100m breast­stroke at the Rio Olympics, fin­ished out­side the medals in the 200m breast­stroke. King, pipped for gold in the 100m breast­stroke on Satur­day, fin­ished fourth in a race won by Bri­tain’s Molly Ren­shaw, who clocked 2:18.51. Canada’s Lau­ren Wog took sil­ver in 2:18.52 while an­other Bri­ton, Chole Tutton, won bronze with a time of 2:18.83.

Triple Olympic cham­pion Ranomi Kro­mowid­jojo mean­while won gold in the 50m freestyle. The Dutch sprinter, who win­ner of Olympic gold in the 4x100m freestyle re­lay in the 2008 Games be­fore a 50m/100m dou­ble in Lon­don four years later, took first in 23.60sec. Italy’s Sil­via Di Pi­etro won sil­ver in 23.90 with Madi­son Kennedy of the United States bronze in 23.93. —AFP

WIND­SOR: Gold medal­ist Katinka Hosszu of Hun­gary shows off her medal along with sil­ver medal­ist Ella Eastin, left, and bronze medal­ist Madisyn Cox dur­ing medal cer­e­monies for the women’s 200-me­ter in­di­vid­ual med­ley at the FINA World Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships short-course in Wind­sor, On­tario. — AP

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