European Swimming Championships 2016: Hungary Finishes Top on Gold Medal Table

29 May, 2016

(A Hungarian version of this article is available below. A cikk magyar nyelven is elérhető)

Hungarian swimmers made history by winning a record number of 10 golds among a haul of 19 medals during last week’s European Swimming Championships in London.

As expected, Hungary’s world champion, Katinka Hosszu or “Iron Lady”, currently considered the world’s best female swimmer, won three individual golds in 400 m individual medley, 200 m individual medley, and 200 m backstroke.

Hosszu also contributed to Hungary’s victory in the women’s 4×200 meter freestyle relay alongside Zsuzsanna Jakabos, Boglarka Kapas and Evelyn Verraszto.

In addition, the 23-year-old Boglarka Kapas won three individual gold medals during the championship. "When I saw I had swum 4:03 [in the 400 m freestyle] I couldn't believe my eyes," Kapas said. "I dared to switch gears at 150 m and this meet has given me an enormous boost", Reuters reported.

Laszlo Cseh, world champion in the 200 m Butterfly, posted course records in the 100 (50.86) and 200 butterfly (1:52.91), the first man to take both titles since 1995.

David Verraszto also easily won the men’s 400 m IM at the 2016 European Championships.

The outstanding results are extremely important especially before this summer's Rio Olympics, where Hungarian swimmers may attempt the same events.

Hungarian swimmers won 9 gold medals and finished first at the European championships when they hosted in 2012.

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