Katinka Hosszu continued her World Record breaking streak by setting her fourth in the women’s 200m Individual Medley.
Her swim was one that displayed pure dominance as she led from start to finish, clocking a time of 2:01.86, improving her Record she had set only four months ago.
In addition, she was more than four seconds ahead of Great Britain’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor who finished in second and nearly five seconds faster than Australia’s Melanie Margalis who finished in third.
Earlier, Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson produced one of the greatest upsets of the Championships to defeat World and Olympic Champion Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania.
Although Atkinson was behind after the first 50m, a powerful finish saw her ellipse the Lithuanian in the final few metres of the race and take down the World Record.
Her time of 1:02.36 made her the first Jamaican to become a short-course World Champion while Meilutyte, who has had a stellar two years since the London Games, settled for second. Moniek Nijhuis of the Netherlands finished third.
Elsewhere, France’s Florent Manadou returned to the pool for the men’s 50m backstroke to set another World Record, his second in two days.
His time of 22.22 shaved 0.39 seconds off American Peter Marshall’s Record which had stood since 2009.
To round off a fantastic penultimate day, the United States team of Josh Schneider, Matt Grevers, Madison Kennedy and Abbey Weitzeil won in a time of 1:28.57 to set a new World Record in the mixed 4×50m freestyle relay. They defeated Russia and Brazil who pocketed silver and bronze respectively.
Article by Hugo Lowell