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PR 71 - Hosszu (HUN) raises gold medal tally to 35 after Tokyo

Lausanne (SUI), November 7, 2012 – Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu was once more the swimmer to beat in the seventh leg of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup, taking place in Tokyo (JPN) on November 6-7, 2012. In the Japanese capital, the Magyar star, dominator of this year’s circuit, earned five gold medals (for a total of 35 titles so far!) in the 200 and 800m free, 200m butterfly, and 200m and 400m individual medley. In the shortest of the medley events, she established the best female performance of the competition, thanks to a winning time of 2:07.51 (933 points).

Hosszu reinforced her lead of the overall ranking among women and is now the most probable winner of the 2012 World Cup before the last meet in Singapore (where points count double). Her only challenger is Zsuszanna Jakabos, also from Hungary, who has a theoretical possibility of getting the 2012 title if she establishes a new World Record in Singapore and Hosszu does not score in the final leg of the series.

In Tokyo, the other highlights among women were the double victories of Britta Steffen (GER) in the 50m and 100m free (seventh consecutive win in this event), of Jessica Hardy (USA) in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, and of Melissa Ingram (NZL) in the 400m free and 200m backstroke.

In the men’s field, local star Daiya Seto was the best in the 200m and 400m individual medley. In the latter, he set a new World Cup record of 4:00.02, improving the time (4:00.12) he had set in the fifth meet of the circuit in Berlin (GER). Stanislav Donets (RUS) established the most valuable performance of the meet in the 100m backstroke (49.49 – 967 points), while Michael Klueh (USA) got the gold with the fastest winning times so far in this World Cup in the 400m free (3:40.23) and 1500m free (14:38.64). George Bovell (TRI) was the best in the 50m free and 100m IM, and is second behind Kenneth To (AUS) in the overall ranking. The last meet in Singapore (November 10-11) will therefore be decisive to determine the final winner among men.