Katinka Hosszu FINA Tokyo Olympic Games 2021
Hungarian swimming star Kattinka Hosszu is used to the glare and media attention, and the spotlight is once again on her as the countdown to the Tokyo Olympics begins.
From her golden run at the World Championships and the Rio Olympics to her acrimonious breakup with her coach and husband, Hosszu has always been in the news. She is a voice critic for FINA – swimmingthe world’s governing body. Hosszu was at the forefront of a bitter legal dispute with them after blocking the International Swimming League (ISL), a global team swimming competition funded by a Ukrainian billionaire. Under relentless pressure, FINA finally recognized the international federation where Hosszu is now co-owner of a team.
Riding her iconic status in swimming circles and her huge fan, she launched her own brand of swimwear and swim caps. She wrote a book, starred in an energetic music video, and endorsed multiple products – making her one of the most commercially successful swimmers and giving Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte a run for their money.
But in the next two months, the Hungarian will take a break from all distractions to focus on the Olympics. She’s hoping it will be her winning exploits at the Tokyo Aquatics Center that will grab the headlines this time around.
The 32-year-old has seen it all. Returning empty-handed from the London 2012 Olympics, Hosszu suffered from depression and considered giving up the sport. But four years later, the tide had turned. She was one of the biggest stars of the Rio Olympics. Hosszu set a new world record in the 400m individual medley on her way to a gold medal, and the fairy tale continued when she won the 100m backstroke. The ghosts of the London debacle were truly buried when she won her third Olympic gold. This time, she was on the top step of the podium in the 200m individual medley, returning home with a brand new Olympic brand.
His blitz for medals at the FINA World Championships was phenomenal. She is the only woman to have been world champion in the same event on five occasions. Hosszu kicked off his dominance in the 400m individual medley, winning the FINA World Championship in 2009 for the first time, and continued his winning streak in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019.
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The medley is considered the most difficult discipline to test a swimmer’s versatility in the medley – freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly and backstroke. And Hosszu thrived in this battle of speed and endurance.
It was in 2012, while competing in a World Cup in China, that Hosszu finished with five medals in two days, competing in a variety of disciplines ranging from medley, butterfly, backstroke and 800m stroke. free. She captured the imagination of the global swimming fraternity and local Chinese media hailed her as the Iron Lady – a tribute to her limitless levels of endurance. The nickname suited her perfectly and when she launched her own brand of sportswear and outfits she named it Iron. The medley queen is looking to dig deep into her unwavering determination to win at this year’s Olympics.
Hosszu warmed up for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with a comfortable victory in his 400m individual medley at the European Championship last week. It is an event where she holds the world record in addition to being the reigning Olympic and world champion.
The Hungarian superstar clocked a swimmer’s best time at the 2021 event, making her a strong contender for fame in Tokyo. Chinese Ye Shiwen and local favorite Yui Ohashi of Japan are other powerful challengers looking to end his dominance. Rising Australian star Kaylee McKeown has also recorded impressive times and will be a force to be reckoned with, not only in the 400m but also in the 200m individual medley. Hosszu suffered a setback in his preparations for the event by finishing third in the European Championship.
Gold medalist in the 100m backstroke at the Rio Games, Hosszu has come out of the boil in the 100m and 200m backstroke lately. Regan Smith and McKeown replaced her as strong Olympic medal contenders in Tokyo.
No professional coach for Tokyo for Hosszu
Hosszu had a bitter argument with her trainer and husband Shane Tusup in 2018, the latter accusing the swimmer of infidelity. She admitted, however, that her husband played an important role in motivating her not to give up after the disappointment of London.
Hosszu first met Thosup when she left her sleepy town of Baja in Hungary to train in the United States. The two bonded immediately, but have since struggled to juggle their work and personal lives over the years.
She then teamed up with Swiss coach Arpad Petrov, but dropped him after the 2019 world championship. Despite winning gold medals in the 200 and 400m individual eighties. She said her coach did not share the same thirst for success. For the Tokyo Olympics, Hosszu trains without the help of professional coaches. Members of her Budapest swim club help her keep track of her schedules.
It was a perfect road to redemption in Rio for the Iron Lady and Tokyo offers another opportunity to mark her class as one of the most iconic swimmers.
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