By Sharon Robb
August 7, 2017—Katinka Hosszu of Hungary and Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands took down two world records Monday at the FINA World Cup Series in Berlin.
Kromowidjojo became the first woman to break the 23-second mark in the 50-meter freestyle. The Olympian broke the world short course record in 22.93, breaking the record of 23.10 set five days ago by Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom in the Moscow series opener. Sjostrom also swam under her world record in 23.00.
It is the third time the Dutchwoman has set or tied the world record since 2013.
Hosszu broke the 100-meter individual medley in 56.51, breaking her own world record of 56.67 set in 2015. Hosszu owns all IM world records in short and long course meters.
After breaking the world record, Hosszu won two more golds in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:00.37 and 100-meter butterfly in 55.86 against a stacked field including Sjostrom.
Also on Day Two, with none of the world’s top breaststrokers in the field, four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, 28, of South Florida Aquatic Club breezed to a win in the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.16. Finland’s Jenna Laukkanen was second in 1:04.56.
Atkinson also won a bronze medal in the 100-meter individual medley in 58.12 behind Hosszu (56.51) and Sjostrom (57.30).
Chad Le Clos of South Africa won the 200-meter butterfly in 1:49.08 just nipping American Tom Shields in 1:49.26.
South African teammate Cameron van der Burgh won the 50-meter breaststroke in 25.49.
Hungary’s Kominik Kozma won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:41.03.
Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki won the 100-meter backstroke in 49.97, the only male to break 50 seconds. Florida State alum Pavel Yankovich of Belarus took bronze in 50.70.
Mireia Belmonte of Spain won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:57.79, the only sub-4 minute swim in the field.
Philip Heintz of Germany won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:05.16, just ahead of Italy’s Federico Turin in 4:05.73.
Next up will be the third leg of the first cluster, Aug. 11-12 in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
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