Skiurlaub- günstig mit FeWo-direkt
     
Hotelsuche in 
 

NEWS FEATURE Free from pressure, Iron Lady Hosszu turns to gold in Rio Games By Derek Wilson, dpa

Europe
Von unserem dpa-Korrespondenten und Europe Online   auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Overwhelmed by nerves in London 2012, a revitalised Katinka Hosszu found the golden touch in Rio 2016 to claim her first Olympic medal.

Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - Hungary‘s Katinka Hosszu is known as the Iron Lady for her brutal training regime and arduous competitive swimming schedule, and four years after Olympic disappointment in London she found the golden touch in Rio de Janeiro.

Hosszu crushed the opposition in the 400-metre individual medley Saturday to claim her first Olympic medal in 4 minutes 26.36 seconds, smashing the existing world record by over 2 seconds.

"Honestly I‘ve been chasing that world record for quite some time now, it‘s been over seven years I‘ve been thinking about it," she said.

Hosszu‘s dominance was apparent earlier on Saturday when she topped qualifying in the heats by around four seconds having gone within 0.15 seconds of beating Ye Shiwen‘s world record from the 2012 Games.

"This morning swimming close to the world record, it was a preliminary swim so I thought I could go faster," Hosszu admitted. "But I didn‘t realize I could go this much faster, it‘s unbelievable I could break it by so much."

Hosszu has added the 400m medley record to the 200m record which she already held.

Success is often sweeter for those who have first tasted the bitter pill of disappointment and Hosszu, still only 27, is entitled to relish her victory as much as any.

She finished fourth in the 400m medley in London and, out of the medals, contemplated quitting the sport having failed to build on her European gold in the event earlier that year and 2009 world title.

"It‘s been a long journey for me," she said. "In 2012 after graduating college and turning pro, I felt London was my time to do it, I felt pressure and was super nervous before final. I just wanted it to be over."

Husband and coach Shane Tusup talked her out of that drastic course of action and she redoubled her efforts while focussing on keep the pressure off.

"After working with Shane after London, we decided to keep working, keep racing," Hosszu explained. "I had a lot of fun. Coming into Rio I was a bit worried that when I got here I‘d get the feeling again I had in London but I didn‘t get it at all."

Consecutive medley world crowns over 200m and 400m arrived in 2013 and 2015 but she still had to take care of the unfinished Olympic business from 2012.

"The past four years I‘ve been preparing to race, I basically trained through the whole four years," she said. "I didn‘t take off more than a day.

"It‘s been a tough four years but I feel I‘ve been making huge steps forward by building on the past years.

The big change is I can now say I‘m an Olympic champion which I think I haven‘t really processed yet."

And after getting the taste of gold in Rio, she could well add to her haul in the week to come having also entered the 100m and 200m backstroke, the 200m butterfly and the 200m medley.

Facts
 

 

Kommentare zu diesem Artikel
 
Neuer Kommentar
Name *
Email * (wird nicht öffentlich angezeigt)
Kommentar
* Pflichtangaben
 
Diesen Artikel empfehlen

Absender Empfänger Nachricht (optional)
Name
E-Mail

Name
E-Mail
   
 
Weitere Artikel zu diesem Thema
 
Europe
Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - Kosuke Hagino of Japan claimed the first swimming gold of the 2016 Olympics Saturday by claiming the men‘s 400-metre individual medley from American Chase Kalisz.Hagino, bronze medallist in the event four years ago in
weiter
Europe
Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - Gold medallists from Saturday‘s 12 finals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.Archery men‘s team - South Korea Cycling men‘s road race - Greg van Avermaet, Belgium Fecing women‘s epee
weiter
Europe
Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - Hungary‘s Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu smashed the women‘s 400-metre individual medley world record to win Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro Saturday while Australia‘s Mack Horton and Kosuke Hagino of Japan also
weiter
Europe
Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - Australia win the women‘s 4x100m Olympic relay in world record time as the Campbell sisters Bronte and Cate fight back to deny the United States.The Australian quartet seemed in trouble Emma McKeon and Brittany Elmslie
weiter
Europe
Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - Olympic swimming champion Britta Steffen said Friday she has no regrets retiring three years ago and is ready to enjoy the Rio Games as a spectator after four previous Olympics as an athlete."I got on the plane in Berlin and
weiter
Europe
Berlin (dpa) - US swimming star Michael Phelps says his aim is to win four gold medals at the Rio Olympics, hedging his remarks in an interview with the German daily Die Welt that it‘s easier said than done.But a greater aim would be entering
weiter
 
Tipps der Redaktion aus dem Reiseportal
 
REISEPORTAL
Tokyo (dpa) - A long-running row over who would pay for Japan‘s 2020 Olympic stadium was resolved Tuesday with a cost-sharing agreement between the local and national governments, news reports said.The Tokyo metropolitan government and the
Berlin (dpa) - German high-performance sports will develop further despite the rejection of Hamburg‘s bid for the 2024 Olympics, but decades may now pass until the nation may get another chance to host the Games, according to sports officials
Berlin (dpa) - International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach says Hamburg‘s rejection in a referendum of a bid for the 2024 Olympics is a "missed opportunity" for the city and Germany.Bach said in a statement Monday the vote came
Berlin (dpa) - German high-performance sports will develop further despite the rejection of Hamburg‘s bid for the 2024 Olympics, but decades may now pass until the nation may get another chance to host the Games, according to sports officials
Frankfurt (dpa) - The German Football federation (DFB) said Monday it does not expect the rejection of Hamburg‘s Olympic bid to affect its own attempt to host the Euro 2024 tournament.But top officials also said they will carefully analyse the
Berlin (dpa) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel regrets that Hamburg‘s bid for the 2024 Olympics has been turned down in a referendum.Deputy government spokeswoman Christiana Wirtz said that Merkel "took notice with regret" of the outcome of
 
Tipps der Redaktion aus dem Nachrichtenportal
 
NACHRICHTEN
The European Union on Tuesday allocated 350 million euros (370 million dollars) for Syrians displaced by the country‘s conflict, in its biggest single aid package to date in response to the refugee crisis. Brussels (dpa) - "The war in Syria
Seven assailants died in the Paris terrorist attacks on Friday evening. French police have identified five by their fingerprints. Here is what is known about them. Paris (dpa) - OMAR ISMAIL MOSTEFAI: A 29-year-old Frenchman born in the southern Paris
British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday urged EU leaders to develop a "flexible union of free member states," setting out four key areas where he wants to negotiate reforms. London (dpa) - Cameron, who has listed his demands in a
Eleven EU countries, including the bloc's economic powerhouse Germany, failed Monday to reach agreement on a disputed financial transaction tax, according to Spanish Finance Minister Luis De Guindos, who expressed hope that a deal can be clinched next month. Brussels
The emissions scandal that already has cost Volkswagen billions of dollars and damaged its made-in-Germany reputation broadened Monday to include 3-litre engines in Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche light duty diesel vehicles. Washington (dpa) - The US
EU member states agreed in principle on Wednesday to use road testing from 2017 to help evaluate diesel car emissions, on top of the laboratory tests that have been at the heart of a scandal around the German automotive giant Volkswagen. Brussels
Wetter

Beograd


(22.10.2021 17:35)

0 / 2 °C


23.10.2021
0 / 1 °C
24.10.2021
0 / 5 °C
powered by wetter.com
Stock News

Ecken
LÄNDER
STÄDTE
EUROPA-TOUREN

Agenda - The Week Ahea ...
Agenda - The Week Ahea ...

Afghan Farah Governor ...
Ministry Warns Cinema ...

How Short Attention Sp ...
Puigdemont won't seek ...

URGENT: Norway's Bjoe ...
China highlights Beiji ...

© europe online publishing house GmbH, Weiden, Germany, info@europeonline-magazine.eu | Impressum