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Hungary's Iron Lady smashes 400m individual medley record in Rio

Katinka Hosszu took more than two seconds off the previous women's world record.

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Hungary's Iron Lady smashes 400m individual medley record in Rio

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Not only did she claim her first medal in four Olympic Games, but Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu smashed a world record in the process.

The swimmer nicknamed the ‘Iron Lady’ won the women’s 400 metre individual medley in four minutes 26.36 seconds. Her time shaved more than two seconds off the previous best set by China’s Shiwen Ye during the 2012 London Games.

Hosszu’s win – a second gold for Hungary – pushed the country to the top of the medal table.

Britain was again in for disappointment in the water as world number two Hannah Miley finished fourth. The Scot was narrowly pipped to the bronze medal spot by Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia.