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Katinka Hosszu Finishes Well Ahead of Field in Women’s 200 IM Prelims

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu put up by far the fastest time in the prelims of the women’s 200 IM, coming in at 2:07.49 to finish more than 2.5 seconds ahead of anyone else in the qualifying round. She also chopped a second off her own world No. 1-ranked time.

Canada’s Sydney Pickrem qualified second for the semis in 2:10.14, while the USA’s Madisyn Cox was third in 2:10.16.

Great Britain’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, the Olympic silver medalist in the event, took fourth in 2:10.42, and then there was a gap back to the fifth-place swimmer, Japan’s Runa Imai (2:11.15). Also making the top eight were Great Britain’s Hannah Miley, South Korea’s Seoyeong Kim (2:11.33) and Japan’s Yui Ohashi (2:11.44).

American Melanie Margalis, who took fourth in the event in Rio, qualified ninth for the semi-finals in 2:11.47, and Canada’s Erica Seltenreich-Hodgson was 10th in 2:11.67. Also getting two semi-finalists, along with Japan, the U.S. and Canada, was Hungary, as Zsuzsanna Jakobos qualified 11th in 2:12.10.

Rounding out the final were Switzerland’s Maria Ugolkova (2:12.24), Russia’s Yulia Efimova (2:12.41), China’s Ye Shiwen (2:12.48), Brazil’s Joanna Maranhao-Melo (2:12.60) and Australia’s Kotuku Ngawati (2:13.06).

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