HUNGARY'S 'IRON LADY' SHINES Menang Lagi Di olympic Rio 2016 - Dubbed the ‘Iron Lady’ on account of her stamina, 11-time world champion Hosszu followed up her comfortable victory in the 400m individual medley by beating the USA’s Kathleen Baker to 100m backstroke gold with a time of 58.45. The bronze was shared by Canada’s Kylie Masse and China’s Fu Yuanhui.
“It’s really cool, I can’t believe I’ve won the 100 back,” said the 27-year-old Hungarian, who pulled away from fastest-qualifier Baker in the closing strokes to win a thrilling race. “I know I’ve done the 100 back in the 400IM (400 individual medley) , and the goal was to make it like second nature when I came to Rio, which is how it felt.”
Competing in five events in all at Rio 2016, the indefatigable Hosszu set an Olympic record of 2:07.45 in her 200m individual medley heat earlier in the day. After then cruising through her semi-final, she is an overwhelming favourite to win a third gold in four days in Tuesday’s final.
“I have been training hard for four years to come to Rio and for it to be second nature,” added the tireless Hungarian, who has also entered the 200m backstroke and 200m butterfly. “It really feels that way. I am fresh and in great shape.”
In the second women’s final of the day, American teenager Lilly King swam an Olympic record 1:04.93 to beat Russia’s Yulia Efimova to gold in the women’s 100m breaststroke. King’s team-mate Katie Meili took the bronze, with London 2012 champion Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania fading in the second length to finish seventh.
King swam a strong first 50 metres and led at the turn, with Efimova well adrift in fourth. Though the Russian surged back, the American finished powerfully, beating Efimova to the touch by 0.57 seconds.
The USA’s Ryan Murphy set a new Olympic record of his own to grab men’s 100m backstroke gold and extend his country’s remarkable domination of the event to six successive Games, a run dating back to Atlanta 1996.