ERIKA KOVÁCS 2022.04.21 20:57 Frissítve: 2022.04.21 21:23

Swimming: the real news is that I get defeated – Katinka Hosszú

On Wednesday, the first day of the Hungarian National Championships in Debrecen, Dalma Sebestyén defeated the world record holder, Katinka Hosszú, in the women's 200m medley by a hundredth of a second. After the competition, the three-time Olympic champion swimmer gave an interview for Nemzeti Sport about how she tries to see the positives of a defeat, and how she feels about the time passed since the Tokyo Olympics.


Katinka Hosszú achieved her expected result in the final (Photo: Péter Kovács)


 – Are you annoyed?
 – I'm not saying that it's not annoying to lose by a hundredth – replied Katinka Hosszú, who was defeated by Dalma Sebestyén by a hundredth of a second on the first day of the national championships in Debrecen.


"I was sick a week and a half before the national championships, but fortunately, I put myself together for the competition. I'm not sure which I'm happier about: the gold or that I defeated Katinka. This time I choose the latter because this is what makes my first place really valuable. But to beat her, I had to swim a good time," said the 200m medley champion.

 – It is also honorable that you have not yet turned your back on the world of swimming. It can be tiring to do the same thing for years.
 – It's been a while since I'm training differently now. I don't swim in as many events in races as before, so I thought about changing my training method. What's more tiring is that it's not like it used to be the years were passing by and I was bringing results. Now, I have to go back again to the classic sense of foundation that hasn't been needed for years.

 – You haven't competed since the Tokyo Olympics...
 – Right. And that's why I get really tired. After the Olympics, I took a long break, then I went upwards, then came the coronavirus infection. Afterwards, the foundation came again, we went to a training camp in Tenerife in January, and then I got sick again. This "I'll train a little bit and then I'll get sick again" is really tiring.

 – What's making you go forward?
 – I'd like to stop swimming when I think I've had enough of it.

 – I don't fully understand that... Are you tired of swimming?
 – No, but as I said, I am tired of the fight of continuously coming back from the bottom again. I am happy with this 2:12 time because that was my goal. A week ago, I swam 2:13 in Stockholm. This time, I started much stronger, which is why I didn't have enough energy in the end... But such a strong start is necessary. No one should think I'm sad, but it rather entertains me that I'm slowly making progress.

 – Doesn't it hurt you that everyone misses the old Katinka Hosszú?
 – Before the national championships, I decided to swim in four events only, so there is one for every day. I knew even before the race that this change would not be shocking to many, but I was aware that me losing would be the big news. It's not that bad, because it shows that I've won so many times that it's newsworthy to be beaten. But I also try to look at this situation positively and just think that for many it's basic that Katinka Hosszú competes in a lot of events and always wins. The world has changed: now I enjoy swimming only one event a day.

Translated by: Vanda Orosz


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