Katinka Hosszú (Hungarian: [ˈkɒtiŋkɒ ˈhossuː]; born 3 May 1989) is a Hungarian competitive swimmer, who specializes in individual medley events. She is a three-time Olympic champion and a seven-time long-course world champion.
Hosszú in 2015
|Full name||Hosszú Katinka|
|Born||3 May 1989|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||68 kg (150 lb)|
|Strokes||Freestyle, medley, backstroke, butterfly|
|Club||Vasas SC (2012–)|
Bajai Spartacus SC (–2012)
|College team||University of Southern California|
Hosszú is the world record holder in 100 m individual medley, 200 m individual medley (long course and short course), 400 m individual medley (long course), 100 m backstroke (short course) and 200 m backstroke (short course). She was the first swimmer to hold world records in all five individual medley events at the same time. She holds two-thirds of the Hungarian national records. Hosszu was named FINA Swimmer of the Year in 2014, 2015, and 2016, and won SwimSwam's Swammy Award for Female Swimmer of the Year in 2013.
She competed at four Summer Olympics: 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. Hosszú currently swims for the Iron Aquatics. After a long tenure under head coach Shane Tusup, who was her husband, following their divorce Hosszú was coached by Dave Salo before moving onto Árpád Petrov. She is one of the most versatile swimmers in the world, and was nicknamed the "Iron Lady", which she has since turned into a fast growing International brand. She is the first race-prize dollar millionaire in swimming history.
Katinka Hosszú was born in Pécs, Hungary, the daughter of Barbara Bakos and István Hosszú. Katinka was coached in swimming by her grandfather, László Bakos until the age of 13. Hosszú met her future husband Shane Tusup in 2009, when they were both freshmen at the University of Southern California. After being crushed under the pressure of expectations at the 2012 London Olympics and not medalling, she asked her then boyfriend Tusup to become her coach, replacing her coach since her U.S.C. swim team days, Dave Salo. After the Olympics, at the Beijing World Cup swim meet, she competed in 8 events, medalling in 5 of them, leading to Chinese newspapers says she was made out of iron, leading to her nickname, The Iron Lady. Hosszú married Tusup in 2013. Hosszú and husband Tusup opened their own swim club in Hungary, Iron Aquatics in September 2016.
On 16 February 2018 Hosszú filed for divorce from Tusup. On 25 May 2018 Hosszú's Facebook page was deleted by Tusup, who was the sole administrator of the page. However, on 6 June 2018 she regained access to her Facebook page with the assistance of activist and women's rights defender Matan Uziel.
In August 2016, Hosszú lost a defamation lawsuit against writer Casey Barrett, magazine Swimming World, and publisher Sports Publications International, Incorporated. She had filed the lawsuit in November 2015 after the magazine published an article on its website in May 2015 questioning whether Hosszú was using performance-enhancing substances, despite Hosszú never having been found to use such substances. The lawsuit was dismissed because the judge ruled the article to clearly be an opinion piece.
Hosszú is renowned throughout the swimming world for swimming many events well in a short space of time. Since 2012 she is coached by her husband, Shane Tusup, a former swimmer at University of Southern California, on a one-on-one basis. She was previously coached by Dave Salo.
2004 European Short Course Swimming ChampionshipsEdit
She won her first medal at the 2004 European Short Course Swimming Championships, a bronze in the 400 m medley.
2009 World ChampionshipsEdit
At the 2009 World Championships she won two bronze medals in 200 m medley and 200 m butterfly, before becoming World Champion in 400 m medley. She was elected Hungarian Sportswoman of the Year for her achievements.
2010 European ChampionshipsEdit
At the 2010 European Championships held in her home country, she won a silver medal in 400 m medley and became European Champion in 200 m butterfly, 200 m medley and as a member of the 4 × 200 m freestyle relay team.
2012 Summer Olympic GamesEdit
Competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics, she finished fourth in the 400-meter individual medley with a time of 4:33.49, just outside of the medals. She also finished eighth in the 200-meter individual medley and missed the finals for the 200-meter butterfly.
Despite that after the disappointment at the 2012 London Olympics, Tamás Gyárfás, the then president of the Hungarian Swimming Association even advised her to retire, she decided not to give up her swimming career and since then she has been coached by her husband Shane Tusup, a former American professional swimmer himself.
In 2013, Hosszú set out to redeem herself after her medal-less performance at the 2012 Olympics. She attended numerous competitions and swam highly rigorous programs at each one, earning herself the nickname of the "Iron Lady". She earned three medals (two gold, one bronze) at the World Championships and a gold and two silvers at the European Championships. She also amassed a total of 24 golds and broke 6 world records during the World Cup series.
2013 World ChampionshipsEdit
|2013 World Championships|
|200 m individual medley||2:07.92|
|400 m individual medley||4:30.41|
|200 m butterfly||2:05.59|
At the 2013 World Championships, she pulled out of the 100 m backstroke after qualifying second in the heats (preliminary races), to concentrate on the final of the 200 m individual medley which she subsequently won with a time of 2:07.92. She then touched third in the 200 m butterfly behind Liu Zige and Mireia Belmonte. She capped off her competition with a final gold in the 400 m individual medley, finishing in 4:30.41.
2013 World Cup SeriesEdit
Throughout the 2013 World Cup series, she set world records in 100-meter IM, 200-meter IM, and 400-meter IM, breaking the 200-meter record twice and 100-meter record three times.
In 2014, Hosszú broke the short course world records in the 100-meter and 200-meter individual backstroke events and in 100-, 200-, and 400-meter individual medleys.
2015 World ChampionshipsEdit
|2015 World Championships|
|200 m individual medley||2:06.12 (WR)|
|400 m individual medley||4:30.39|
|200 m backstroke||2:06.84|
At the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Hosszú again dealt with a monster programme, competing in the 200- and 400-meter individual medley, 100- and 200-meter backstroke, 100- and 200-meter freestyle, and 200-meter butterfly. She posted the top time in the prelims of the 100-meter backstroke, but elected to pull out of the semifinal to concentrate on the 200-meter individual medley final, a decision which ultimately paid off. She broke the previous world record set by Ariana Kukors back in 2009 in a stunning time of 2:06.12. Hosszú's time of 58.78 in the prelims of the 100-meter backstroke would have earned her a bronze medal in the final; however the 200-meter individual medley final was 30 minutes after the backstroke semifinal and swimming it might have cost her the gold medal and the world record in the 200-meter individual medley. In addition, Hosszú won bronze in the 200-meter backstroke, placed fifth in the 200-meter freestyle, and capped it off with a victory in the 400-meter individual medley on the last day.
2015 European Short Course ChampionshipsEdit
Hosszú won six gold medals at the 2015 European Short Course Championships, sweeping all three backstroke and three individual medley events. She broke world records in the 100- and 400-meter individual medleys.
2016 Summer Olympic GamesEdit
|100 m backstroke||58.45|
|200 m individual medley||2:06.58 (OR)|
|400 m individual medley||4:26.36 (WR)|
|200 m backstroke||2:06.05|
At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Hosszú won the gold medal and broke the world record in the 400-meter individual medley, won the gold medal and broke the Olympic record in the 200-meter individual medley, and won a third gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke. She also won a silver in the 200-meter backstroke behind American Maya DiRado. With 3 gold medals and 1 silver, Hosszú won more medals in individual events than any other swimmer in the 2016 Summer Olympics.
2016 World Short Course ChampionshipsEdit
In the World Short Course Championships in Windsor, Hosszú won a record 9 individual medals (7 gold and 2 silver) and reached 11 individual finals. She won the 100-, 200-, and 400-meter individual medley, 100- and 200-meter butterfly, and 100- and 200-meter backstroke. Additionally, she took silver in the 200-meter freestyle and 50-meter backstroke.
2017 Swim Open StockholmEdit
In April, Hosszú competed in Swim Open Stockholm and won the 1500-meter freestyle event with a time of 16:22.30. She came second in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:57.01, finishing behind Michelle Coleman. She also came second in the 50-meter backstroke event with a time of 28.54.
2017 World ChampionshipsEdit
Personal best timesEdit
|50 m freestyle||24.89 (r)||São Paulo||21 April 2014||NR|
|100 m freestyle||53.64||Singapore||5 September 2014||NR|
|200 m freestyle||1:55.41||Dubai||6 November 2015||NR|
|400 m freestyle||4:04.96||Bergen||29 May 2016|
|50 m backstroke||27.99||Dubai||6 November 2015||NR|
|100 m backstroke||58.45||Rio de Janeiro||8 August 2016||NR|
|200 m backstroke||2:05.85||Budapest||29 July 2017||NR|
|200 m butterfly||2:04.27||Rome||26 July 2009||ER|
|200 m IM||2:06.12||Kazan||3 August 2015||WR, ER, NR|
|400 m IM||4:26.36||Rio de Janeiro||6 August 2016||WR, ER, NR|
|50 m freestyle||24.43||Saint-Paul||29 December 2014||NR|
|100 m freestyle||52.37||Saint-Paul||30 December 2014||NR|
|200 m freestyle||1:51.18||Doha||7 December 2014||NR|
|400 m freestyle||3:58.84||Netanya||6 December 2015||NR|
|50 m backstroke||25.95||Copenhagen||16 December 2017||NR|
|100 m backstroke||55.03||Doha||4 December 2014||WR, ER, NR|
|200 m backstroke||1:59.23||Doha||5 December 2014||WR, ER, NR|
|200 m butterfly||2:01.12||Doha||3 December 2014||NR|
|100 m IM||56.51||Berlin||7 August 2017||WR, ER, NR|
|200 m IM||2:01.86||Doha||6 December 2014||WR, ER, NR|
|400 m IM||4:19.46 (h)||Netanya||2 December 2015||NR|
|400 yd IM||3:56.54||California||16 March 2012||Former WR|
International championships (50 m)Edit
|Meet||100 free||200 free||400 free||50 back||100 back||200 back||100 fly||200 fly||200 medley||400 medley||4×100 free||4×200 free||4×100 medley|
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