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Katinka Hosszu Opens European SC Champs with 400 IM Gold

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu led wire-to-wire on her way to a European title in one of her signature events, the 400 IM.

Even without approaching top form, she was still by far the class of the field, leading by almost a second at the 50-meter mark and extending her lead from there.

Hosszu finished in 4:24.78, well off Mireia Belmonte’s world record of 4:18.94 set n August or Hosszu’s own championship record of 4:19.46 from two years ago. With Belmonte skipping the meet, Hosszu was never going to be challenged here.

France swept the other two spots on the podium with Lara Grangeon finishing second in 4:28.77 and Fantine Lesaffre taking third in 4:30.68.

Italy’s Ilaria Cusinato was next at 4:32.85, and rounding out the final were Spain’s Africa Zamorano (4:35.45), Portugal’s Victoria Kaminskaya (4:36.19), Hungary’s Boglarka Kapas (4:38.08) and Great Britain’s Emily Large (4:39.01).