This morning at the LEN 2015 European Short Course championships in Netanya, Israel, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu broke the 400 meter individual medley world record, clocking 4:19.46 where Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia’s world record from the Doha 2014 World Short Course Championships was 4:19.86. See the result list here.
Katinka Hosszu said after the race:
“Ever since Mireia Belmonte broke my world record in Doha a year ago I wanted to regain it so badly. Well, I couldn’t wait with it until the afternoon… I felt the legs came together really well and since I wanted to get back the WR as soon as possible, I can say, I wasn’t surprised to make it in the morning. I don’t know if it could be better in the afternoon, however. I think I can be faster but don’t forget that the short-course season has started only a couple of weeks ago as we had the World Cups in 50m pool so the rhythm is not the same. If I have a couple of wrong turns in the afternoon, I can’t improve this time. But after all it’s not appropriate to approach the final this way: there you must race, go for the gold medal, time is secondary.”