Katinka Hosszu Becomes First Woman to Win Five World Titles in Same Event With 4:30 400 IM
28 July 2019, 05:34am
Day Eight Finals (Women’s 400 IM)
In a meet with a lot of upsets and surprises, including getting beat in the 400 free and getting touched out in the 100 fly, there weren’t any sure bets for if would win a fifth 400 IM world title. But Hosszu was able to fend off the field with a 4:30.39 to become the first woman to win the same event at World Championships five times. Hosszu won in 2009, 2013, 2015, 2017 and now in 2019. Sjostrom had an opportunity to become the first to win the same event five times but was upstaged by Canadian in the 100 fly.
Hosszu had shown signs of vulnerability this week after getting eighth in the 200 back, but she was able to put it behind her to win the 400 IM.
Hosszu won the 400 IM final ahead of the second fastest swimmer in history,of China. Ye was able to make the podium for the first time at a major meet in this event for the first time since she broke the world record in 2012 at the London Olympic Games. Ye was second at 4:32.07 as she ran down Japan’s (4:32.33).
On winning five titles, Hosszu said this:
Hosszu also won the 200 IM earlier in the week as she won both IM’s in the same Worlds for the fourth time. The 200/400 IM double was also achieved six other times in World Championships history.(1978), (1982), (1991), (2003) and (2005, 2007) also achieved the 200/400 IM double in the same Worlds.
Canada’s(4:36.72) and (4:37.52) had slightly off swims as they added from their best times. USA’s , swimming in her first World Championships final, placed sixth at 4:38.34. Hungary’s (4:39.15) and France’s (4:39.68) also swam in the final.