Hungry Hosszu won't let up, bags 6th gold

Katinka Hosszu finished more than two seconds clear of her nearest rival to claim the 200m individual medley crown on Saturday. It was her sixth gold medal of the Short Course World Swimming Championships.
Katinka Hosszu finished more than two seconds clear of her nearest rival to claim the 200m individual medley crown on Saturday. It was her sixth gold medal of the Short Course World Swimming Championships.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

MONTREAL • Hungary's Katinka Hosszu powered to her sixth gold medal at the Short Course World Swimming Championships on Saturday with another dominant display in her all-conquering year.

Swimming's "Iron Lady" - a star of the Rio Olympics where she won three gold medals - finished more than two seconds clear of her nearest rival to claim the 200m individual medley (IM) crown.

The 27-year-old had already lit up the championships in Windsor, Ontario, with victories in the 100m IM, 400m IM, 200m butterfly and both the 100m and 200m backstrokes.

On Saturday, she added to her haul, leading from start to finish to touch home in 2min 2.9sec, ahead of Ella Eastin of the United States, who touched in 2:05.02. Another American, Madisyn Cox, took bronze in 2:05.93.

But Hosszu was denied the opportunity to claim a seventh gold later on Saturday when she was pipped to first place by Brazil's Etiene Medeiros in the final of the 50m back.

Medeiros, the world-record holder over the distance, produced a late spurt to edge out Hosszu in 25.82sec, with the Hungarian claiming silver in 25.99.

Alexandra Margaret De Loof of the United States took bronze in 26.14.

South Africa's Chad le Clos continued his successful meet with his third gold in the 50m butterfly.

Le Clos, who had smashed his own world record to claim gold in the 100m fly on Thursday, was once again too hot for the competition.

The 24-year-old from Durban hit the wall in 21.98sec, almost half a second faster than American Tom Shields, who took silver in 22.40. Australia's David Morgan won the bronze in 22.47.

In the men's 400m IM, Japan's Daiya Seto made it a hat-trick of world titles with another commanding performance in the event he has dominated over the past four years.

Seto, gold medallist in the multi-stroke discipline at both the 2012 and 2014 short-course championships, claimed his third consecutive title to finish in 3:59.24.

But Lilly King of the United States, the Olympic champion, suffered a surprise defeat in the 100m breaststroke. Jamaica's Alia Atkinson, the world record holder, finished in 1:03.03, with the American just behind in 1:03.35.

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