Swimming: Record-breaking Hosszu, Le Clos dominate Doha Worlds
- Updated: December 8, 2014
December 8, 2014: Days after being named FINA Best Swimmers for 2014, Chad Le Clos and Katinka Hosszu received the trophies for the Best Male and Best Female Swimmer at the five-day FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Qatar on Sunday.
Hosszu, 25, won eight individual medals at the Hamad Aquatic Centre in Doha, the competition’s highest-ever tally among women. The Hungarian won the 100m and 200m back, and 100m and 200m individual medley (IM), silver medals in the 200m free, 200m fly and 400m IM, and bronze in the 50m back.
Hosszu’s haul equalled Ryan Lochte’s eight medals at Istanbul 2012, although the American collected some of his medals in relay events.
Before the Magyar milestone, Australians Susan O’Neill, Lisbeth Lenton and Brooke Hanson, and Josefin Lillhage of Sweden had each won six medals in a single edition of the championships.
Le Clos, 22, won the 200m free and the 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly in Doha, including setting a world record in the 100m. The South African became the first male swimmer to win all three butterfly events in a single edition.
Among men, Brendan Hansen of the USA swept the breaststroke events in 2004, while Lochte achieved the same with the medleys in 2008 and 2010.
A competition high of 23 world records and 24 championships records were set at Doha 2014, improving on the previous best of 18 world marks set at Manchester 2008. Of the world records broken in Doha, 14 were in individual events and nine were relays.
Source: FINA (www.fina.org); Editing by SportAsia