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World Records for Hosszu (HUN) and Australia

Swimming, Heats, Day 1 - WR for Peaty (GBR); Park (KOR) and Ye (CHN) miss finals

Pedro Adrega and Camille Chappelet, FINA Communications Department

After winning at World Championships' level (both in 50m and 25m pool) and being the undisputed star in the latest edition of the World Cup, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) finally made it at the Olympic Games. In a solitary race, the Magyar great comfortably won the final of the women's 400m IM, touching home in a new World Record of 4:26.36.

The domination of Hosszu was never challenged, with her closest rival, silver medallist Maya Dirado (USA) finishing in 4:31.15 and bronze medallist Mireia Belmonte (ESP) getting the bronze in 4:32.39. Hosszu global mark improves the previous World Record set by Ye Shiwen (CHN), the 2012 Olympic champion in a time of 4:28.43. In the morning heats, the Hungarian champion swam 0.15 slower than that time, but she came even more motivated for the decisive race. The result was her first-ever presence in an Olympic podium, after nine medals at the FINA World Championships and 13 awards at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m). In this specific event, she had won the gold at FINA's major event in 2009 (Rome), 2013 (Barcelona) and 2015 (Kazan).

In London 2012, Hosszu had been fourth, while US Elizabeth Beisel was the runner-up behind Ye. In Rio, the North American swimmer was not so strong, concluding in sixth, in a time of 4:34.98.

Shortly after the Hungarian success, the second WR of the evening was achieved in the women's 4x100m free relay, with Australia revalidating the Olympic title in 3:30.65. The previous global mark was also from the Aussie quartet, who had clocked 3:30.98 at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Despite an incredible effort from Katie Ledecky in the last leg, the US team couldn't get to the gold, finishing second in 3:31.89, while Canada earned bronze in 3:32.89.

In the other two finals of the (late) evening session, Japan was quite successful in the men's 400m IM, with Kosuke Hagino getting the gold in 4:06.05 and his teammate Daiya Seto grabbing bronze in 4:09.71. The silver (the US would get three medals of this colour during the session) went to Chase Kalisz in 4:06.75. Hagino had been third in 2012, while Seto was the 2013 and 2015 world champion.

The second Australian success of the day happened in the men's 400m free, with Mack Horton nearly beating the 2012 Olympic champion Sun Yang - Horton touched home in 3:41.55, while the Chinese star (also world gold medallist in 2013 and 2015) had to content with silver in 3:41.68. The bronze went to Italy's Gabriele Detti in 3:43.49.

After establishing the first WR of these Games in the morning session, Adam Peaty (GBR) was slightly slower in the semis of the men's 100m breaststroke, qualifying first for the decisive race in 57.62 (he had swum in 57.55 in the heats). In the women's 100m butterfly, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) will also be the swimmer to beat in the final, after setting a new Olympic record in the semis, with a time of 55.84.


Chase Kalisz (USA), silver, men's 400m IM

"My goal is to focus on Tokyo now and give my best there. I am sure I am going to race again in Tokyo 2020 against these guys and it is always exciting to meet again. I didn't think about a medal and I didn't think about a time. I thought about giving my 100% honest effort and at the end of the day I will look back at that and that's all I could do. That's all I could hope for."

Daiya Seto (JPN), bronze, men's 400m IM

"I enjoyed the race with Kosuke but I couldn't get it this time. Now I will look to Tokyo 2020. It will be the biggest stage, with all the fans at home. I am just happy for him (Hagino), because he won gold. Chase is also my old friend. I am happy for him too. He got a great time, better than me. I was better in the morning."

Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), fastest qualifier, women's 100m fly "The details over the last 50m weren't very good. I was gliding into the turn and my finish was very bad. Maybe I can get the world record tomorrow (in the final)."

If doubts existed about the winner of the men's 100m breaststroke event at the Rio 2016 Games, they are now (almost) solved: in the first morning session at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Adam Peaty (GBR) established the first World Record of the competition, qualifying first of the heats in 57.55, and improving his own global mark of 57.92, achieved in April 2015.

Some months later, he went on getting the gold in this race at the FINA World Championships in Kazan (RUS) and seems now to be at the top of the world. Cameron van der Burgh (RSA), his main opponent and 2012 Olympic champion, concluded the heats in seventh, in a distant 59.35 (the South African won in London in 58.46).

On the side of the surprises, the elimination of Taehwan Park (KOR) in the men's 400m free was the first highlight of the day. Ranked 10th in the preliminaries, in a time of 3:45.63, the Korean star will not be able to repeat his Beijing 2008 (champion) and London 2012 (silver medal) performances here in Rio. Sun Yang (CHN), the reigning Olympic winner and world champion, was the fourth best of the heats, while Conor Dwyer (USA, 3:43.42) will depart from lane 4 in the final of the event.

Among women, the main news of the session was the elimination of 2012 Olympic champion in the 400m IM , China's Ye Shiwen. World record holder in this event, precisely with her win in London (4:28.43), she was quite distant from her best days, concluding in 27th, in a time of 4:45.86. The heats were won by Katinka Hosszu (HUN), who went very close to improving Ye's mark, touching in 4:28.58. The Magyar star is a world championships' gold medallist (2009, 2013 and 2015) in this event, and is looking to get her first Olympic medal in Rio. In 2012, she finished fourth.

In the men's 400m IM, US athlete (Chase Kalisz) topped the heats, touching in 4:08.12, the best 2016 performance. Daiya Seto (JPN), world champion in 2013 and 2015, ranked second of the preliminaries (4:08.47). In the women's 100m butterfly, the next stages of the competition will be a fierce fight between three-time (2009, 2013 and 2015) world champion Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) and the 2012 Olympic champion Dana Vollmer (USA). Concerning the heats, the Swede has a slight advantage: she is the fastest qualifier in 56.26, while the US star ranks next in 56.56. This event marked a milestone in Olympic history: for the first time, an athlete from a Refugee Olympic Team took part in the swimming competition. Yusra Mardini managed to win her heat, but finished in an overall 41st position (1:09.21).

In the final morning action, Australia improved the Olympic record in the 4x100m free relay, being the fastest qualifier of the heats in 3:32.39. The previous best mark of the Games was established precisely by the Aussies, when they won the 2012 final in 3:33.15. USA ranks seconds before the final, in 3:33.59.

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