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PR 61 - Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu continues to impress

Stockholm (SWE), October 14, 2012 – Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu was the most prolific swimmer in the third leg of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2012, held in Stockholm (SWE) on October 13-14. The Magyar star – already the most dominant athlete in the first two meets of the circuit, in Dubai (UAE) and Doha (QAT) – collected eight medals in the Swedish capital (six gold and two silver). Hosszu won the the 200m, 400m and 800m free, 100m, 200m and 400m IM, and got the silver in the 200m backstroke and 200m butterfly – being also the fastest performer among women, with her 400m IM win (4:28.01). After the first three meets of this World Cup, the Hungarian champion has an impressive harvest of 24 medals.

Her main challenger in Stockholm was her compatriot Zsuzsanna Jakabos, who earned six medals and managed to beat Hosszu in the 200m butterfly. Still in the women’s field, four athletes managed the “double” at the Eriksdalsbadet swimming complex: Britta Steffen (GER) in the 50m and 100m free; Rachel Goh (AUS) in the 50m and 100m backstroke; Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) in the 50m and 100m breaststroke; and Therese Alshammar (SWE) in the 50m and 100m butterfly. Alshammar’s performance had a significant meaning, and she now accumulates 136 medals and 92 victories at World Cup events, since 1994!

In the men’s field, also four swimmers left Stockholm with two gold medals: George Bovell (TRI) in the 50m free and 100m IM; Darian Townsend (RSA) in the 200m free and 200m IM; Robert Hurley (AUS) in the 400m free and 100m backstroke; and Glenn Snyders (NZL) in the 50m and 100m breaststroke. Bovell was the best male performer thanks to his 100m IM win in 51.56.

Before the fourth leg of the series in Moscow (RUS, October 17-18), Kenneth To (AUS) and Katinka Hosszu (HUN) lead respectively the men’s and women’s overall ranking, both totalling 70 points.