HOSSZU NAMED FINA BEST FEMALE SWIMMER OF 2016

Friday 09 December 2016


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European swimmers, many of whom are expected to be among the stars at the 2018 European Aquatics Championships in Glasgow – part of the inaugural multi-sport European Championships – took more than half the honours at the FINA/Alisports World Aquatics Gala in the Canadian city of Windsor last weekend.

Katinka Hosszu was announced as the FINA Best Female Swimmer of 2016, her third straight win in this category.

The 27-year-old Hungarian took home gold medals in the 200m and 400m individual medley and the 100m backstroke at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and added a silver in the 200 backstroke.

With four medals to her name, Hosszu had the accolade of getting the most individual medals of any swimmer in Rio.

Additionally, she improved the world record in the 400m individual medley, reducing it to 4:26.36 and she also took down the Olympic record in the 200m individual medley.

Hosszu was the overall winner of the World Cup series.

Great Britain’s Adam Peaty earned the Top Olympic Performance of the Year Award for his outstanding 100m breaststroke world record of 57.13, set when winning the gold medal in Rio.

In open water swimming, the two Netherlands’ two Olympic champions, Ferry Weertman and Sharon van Rouwendaal, took the FINA awards for supremacy in this category while in the synchronised category, Russia’s Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina shared the honours.

In total, European swimmers won seven of the 13 awards with Gary Hunt and Serbia taking the high diving and men’s water polo honours.

The FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships (25m) are being contested in Windsor from 6-11 December and detailed coverage of the European successes is available on the European Aquatics website www.len.eu

At the 2018 European Aquatics Championships, four disciples will be spread across three venue: swimming – Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow, diving and synchronised – Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh, and open water – Loch Lomond.

More than 900 swimmers will contest the 64 medal events during 11 days of competition.

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