Katinka Hosszu Wins 200 Fly In Nail Biter Finish; Dahlia Sets American Record

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Hungarian Katinka Hosszu won a close race to claim gold in the 200 fly, narrowly beating out American Kelsi Dahlia 2:01.60 to 2:01.73. Both Hosszu and Dahlia were neck and neck from the 100-meter mark onward, both splitting 31-mid on the third 50 with Dahlia holding about a tenth lead over Hosszu heading into the last 50. But Hosszu split 30.68 to Dahlia’s 30.90 over the final 50, giving her the edge and the gold medal.

Dahlia, who was coming off a new world record as part of the 4×50 medley relay, set an American record with her performance. She took off more than a second from her previous record from the 2016 World Championships in Canada. In third was Japan’s Suzuka Hasegawa in 2:04.04.

Dahlia (on her runner-up finish and busy session): “I really wanted to get Katinka. We’ve gotten to swim with each other a lot this fall at the World Cups. I thought I could get her, but she really pushed me, and I went a best time by over a second. To have the 200 medley relay to start before that, a world record, I couldn’t be more excited for how this night has gone.”


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