Katinka Hosszú

Katinka Hosszu - The Iron lady

"Every time I jump into the water, I feel like I'm coming home"

Known as the Iron Lady, Hungary's Katinka Hosszú is one of the world's most versatile swimmers. While she specialises in the individual medley, Hosszú has also won major international medals in backstroke, butterfly and freestyle.

Hosszú won three gold medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in the 200m and 400m IM as well as the 100m backstroke. Incredibly, they were her first Olympic medals despite being a veteran of four Olympic Games.

She is a seven-time world champion and a 14-time European champion in the 50m pool, and has a further 13 world and 16 European golds in the short course format.

Hosszú was the first swimmer to hold world records in all five individual medley events at the same time.

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Biography

Nickname: Iron Lady

Country: Hungary

Date of Birth: May 3, 1989

Height: 168 cm

Weight: 56 Kg

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Katinka Hosszú is a Hungarian Olympian and is recognised as one of the most versatile swimmers in the world. Hosszú has become known as the ‘Iron Lady’ due to her intense training regimes, her determination and perseverance to reach the top.

Hosszú made her debut Olympic appearance at Athens 2015 event as a 15 year old! She won her first senior medal only a short few months later at the following European Championships in Vienna in the 400 IM.

After This early success, it then took her five years to reach her peak at the highest level – with 400 IM gold in the 2009 World Championships in Rome. The achievements continued flowing for Hosszú who secured golds in the 200m butterfly, 200m medley and part of the 4 × 200m freestyle relay team. This success was more pertinent as the 2010 championships took place in her home country.

After suffering disappointment at the 2012 London Olympics, Hosszú made amends in 2013 with three gold medals at the World Championships and a further gold at the European Championships. Hosszú also broke world records in six short course events throughout the year.

The records continued to break in 2014, where Hosszú also started to dominate in backstroke, with WR’s in the 100m and 200m backstroke events along with her favoured 100, 200 and 400m individual medleys. To signify her growing prominence in the world of swimming, Hosszú launched her first ‘Iron Lady’ swimwear range in association with Arena during 2015. There was also more gold medal success at the world championships that year, with a 200 and 400 IM.

Hosszú was finally able to get hold of the elusive Olympic gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics – three of them in fact! This resulted in her winning more individual event medals than any other swimmer at the Summer 2016 Olympics. 2017 and 2018 resulted in more victories for Hosszú across European, World and World Short Course Championships – as she amassed a further seven gold medals!

Hosszú has been named FINA Swimmer of the Year in 2014, 2015, and 2016; consolidating her position at the very top of the sport as a real ‘Iron Lady’.

WORLD RECORDS

100m Individual Medley 

200m Individual Medley 

400m Individual Medley 

100m Backstroke

200m Backstoke 

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