SWC 2014: Beijing Day 2: Hosszu edges Olympic champion Ye in 100m IM

Swimming World Cup

In a battle against 2012 Olympic champion and home favourite Ye Shiwen, Hungary's World champion Katinka Hosszu lifted the title in the women's 100m individual medley, bagging seven gold medals and one bronze along the way at the fifth stop of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup, organised in Beijing, China on October 24-25, 2014.

Hosszu, who claimed four gold on Day 1, extended her winning streak in the women's 400m IM (4:25.66), the 100m backstroke (56.71) and 100 IM (58.11), beating China's Ye Shiwen in the latter event (second in 58.36) and Alia Atkinson of Jamaica (third in 59.05).

"I am happy with my 400m and 100m IM wins. I think they are good races for me. I am excited to see how it goes in the next two stops. I set myself up pretty well here in Beijing," said Hosszu, who competed in a record 14 events in the Chinese capital.

Asked about swimming short and long distance events in one meet, 25-year-old Hosszu said: "It is different. The short races use my muscles and get tired easily. The longer distance hurt more inside, it is great for training. In Tokyo and Singapore, I will probably swim the same 14 events."

Women's 100m IM podium - photo credit: Chen Yehua

Post-event, Ye Shiwen said: "I've had a cold for almost two weeks. I felt tired and rusty in the race, especially in the last 25m. Hosszu was excellent as she competed in so many events and kept perfect form."
Olympic champion Chad Le Clos was disqualified in the men's 100m butterfly in the morning heat for a false start and came back to win the 50m freestyle in 21.28. Steffen Deibler of Germany finished second in 21.34 and China's rising star Ning Zetao took the bronze in a time of 21.35.

Men's 50m free podium - photo credit: Chen Yehua

"It was disappointing that I missed the 100m butterfly this morning. However, I am happy with my 21st win in the 50m freestyle.In general, I like 200m distance the most. The sprint is just like a gamble for fun. I'm also really happy for my teammate Myles Brown, who picked up gold and silver tonight," Le Clos said.

"At the Doha FINA World Swimming Championships, I want to win three golds and be the first man to win 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly events. No one has done that before. I will try to do that for South Africa," Le Clos added.

Local Xu Jiayu won the men's 50m backstroke in 23.29, adding to a silver in the 200m backstroke (1:50.61), while the title went to Australia's Larkin Mitchell in 1:48.69.

Cao Yue dominated the women's 400m freestlye, touching home in 4:00.72 while Li Shuang edged 2008 Olympic champion Liu Zige in the women's 200m butterfly in 2:04.34. Liu came second in 2:05.68. China also won the mixed 4x50m freestyle relay in 1:31.69.

Alia Atkinson of Jamaica topped the women's 50m breaststroke in 29.15 and scored the bronze in the 100m IM. "I compete in the IM just for fun. Breaststrokers are always good at IM," Atkinson said.

Ye Shiwen (CHN) - photo credit: Chen Yehua

Gergely Gyurta of Hungary won the men's 1500m freestyle in 14:38.27, followed by Myles Brown of South Africa 14:47.22 and Yang Jintong of China in 15:01.38. Brown later touched out current World record holder Paul Biedermann of Germany in the men's 200m freestyle, winning in 1:44.12. Biedermann got the silver medal in 1:44.48 and Lin Yongqin of China completed the podium in 1:44.58.

In other events, Inge Dekker of the Netherlands powered home to take the women's 100m freestyle in 52.72 and 50m butterfly in 24.97; Daniel Gyurta of Hungary dominated the men's 100m breaststroke in 57.25; Steffen Deibler of Germany captured the gold in the men's 100m butterfly in 49.96; Daiya Seto of Japan took the men's 200m IM in 1:54.21; Sally Hunter of Australia finished first in the women's 200m breaststroke in 2:19.266 and Larkin Mitchell of Australia was the fastest in the men's 200m backstroke 1:48.69.