Swimming: Golden start for Australia on day of records


RIO DE JANEIRO Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu finished her prolonged wait for Olympic feat and Australia prisoner dual bullion medals in an refreshing initial day of swimming foe that saw 3 universe annals crushed in Rio on Saturday.

Hosszu, 5 times a universe champion though though a award from 3 prior Olympics, demolished a universe record by 2.07 seconds in a final of a women’s 400 meters particular medley.

Australia’s women defended their Olympic pretension by winning a 4x100m freestyle send in universe record time, with sisters Bronte and Cate Campbell swimming a final dual stages to renovate a United States, notwithstanding a efforts of Katie Ledecky on a anchor leg.

Mack Horton’s feat in a men’s 400 freestyle also meant Australia had already doubled their bullion award total from a unsatisfactory display 4 years ago.

The day’s record debauch began with Britain’s Adam Peaty, who pennyless his possess universe symbol of 57.92 in a heats of a 100 breaststroke when he clocked 57.55.

Tipped to turn a initial British male to win an Olympic bullion given 1988, he afterwards swam 57.62 in a semi-finals.


In a initial of 4 dusk finals, Japan’s Kosuke Hagino won a men’s 400m particular medley, a exhausting fortify that combines butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.

Hagino, a bronze medalist in 2012, won with a time of 4 minutes, 6.05 seconds to finish a U.S. stranglehold on a eventuality dating behind to 1996.

Chase Kalisz of a United States, who had been fastest in a heats, finished second and Japan’s Daiya Seto took a bronze.

In a men’s 400 freestyle, Australia’s Horton edged out fortifying champion Sun Yang of China and Italy’s Gabriele Detti, pulling forward in a final entertain after shadowing Britain’s James Guy and Conor Dwyer of a U.S. for most of a race.

Hosszu afterwards grabbed a spotlight with a overwhelming feat in a 400 particular medley.

Having suffered a calamity Olympics in London, where she started as a prohibited award awaiting though came divided empty-handed, she led from start to finish and stormed down a final length with a throng resounding her on to a record.

“It’s only crazy that I’ve been means to float dual seconds faster than anyone ever, ever did. It’s only crazy,” pronounced a Hungarian, who will also competition a 200 IM, 200 moth and 100 and 200 backstroke.

In a women’s relay, a Australians led off with Emma McKeon while Brittany Elmslie swam a second leg before Bronte Campbell overhauled a Americans and handed over to sister Cate, who overwhelmed in 3 minutes, 30.65 seconds, violence a prior universe record of 3:30.98 they set in Glasgow in 2014.

“Definitely my favorite competition ever,” pronounced Cate Campbell. “In an Olympic final with my sister and dual girls we have famous given we was 12, 13 years aged – and a bullion and a universe record.”

(Editing by Greg Stutchbury)


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