Katinka Hosszu is readying herself to sweep the 200m and 400m individual medleys at the Rio Olympics, just as rival Ye Shiwen of China did at the 2012 London Games.
Hosszu won the 400m IM in world record time on Saturday night. On Monday, she won 100m backstroke gold and about an hour later raced in the 200m IM semifinal to advance to Tuesday’s final.
Though it wasn’t the fastest time of the night, Hosszu’s two minutes, 8.91 seconds is good enough for a berth to the final where she can try to lower her own world record (2:06.12).
Joining Hosszu in the final are both U.S. Olympic rookies in the field, Maya DiRado and Melanie Margalis. DiRado already earned a silver medal behind Hosszu in the 200m IM.
Ye Shiwen, after several years of poor performances, also advanced to the 200 IM final in fourth place.