Hosszu Wins Second World Championship Bronze

July 30, 2009

USC sophomore Katinka Hosszu (Hungary) won her second bronze medal of the 2009 World Championships, coming from behind to earn a spot on the medal stand in the 200-meter butterfly on Thursday (July 30) in Rome.

Meanwhile, recent USC graduate Rebecca Soni, who has already won a gold medal in the 100-meter breaststroke, made her way through the prelims and semifinals of the 200-meter breast to qualify second for the final on Friday.

Hosszu, who won bronze in the 200m IM earlier in the meet, turned in last place after 100 meters and was still in sixth with 50 meters to go. But she blazed her last 50 meters in 31.51, the second-fastest final lap in the field, to pull ahead of three other swimmers and finish in 2:04.28. Australia's Jessicah Schipper won gold (2:03.41) with a world record while China's Lui Zige was second (2:03.90). America's Mary Descenza, who broke the world record in prelims, was fourth (2:04.41).

Hosszu also swam the anchor leg of Hungary's 4x200m free relay in the final. Hungary finished sixth.

As for Soni, her best event, the 200m breast, got a little bit more interesting as Canadian Annamay Pierse finished ahead of her in both the prelims and the semifinals, breaking Soni's 2008 world record in the process.

Pierse's semifinal swim of 2:20.12 nicked Soni's world standard of 2:20.22 that she set when she upset Leisel Jones in the 200m breast at the 2008 Olympics. Now Pierse, though three years Soni's elder, is the upstart, trying to upset the reigning champion.

Soni went 2:20.93 in the semifinals and was also behind Pierse in the prelims. Pierse was sixth at the 2008 Olympics in the event and was fifth in the 100m breast earlier this week at the worlds.


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