Long Katinka starts in four numbers in Tokyo

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 11:19 AM

Long Katinka doesn’t defend her title on 100 backs, but 200 and 400 can start the Tokyo Olympics mixed as a favorite.

According to Monday’s announcement by the Hungarian federation, the three-time Olympic champion Katinka Hosszú will start in four and Ajna Késely in three in the Olympics starting on July 23 – making them the “top holders” within the team. The world class of the MOL Team will start on the 200 m back, 200 m butterfly, 200 and 400 m mix at the Tokyo Games. Katinka gave up a title defense, not starting on 100 backs, but in the two mixed numbers, the chances of the classic making three golds in Rio are very good.

In the longer mix, two of his dangerous rivals have been eliminated, American Melanie Margalis has been unable to fight to get out, and Australian Kaylee McKeown is not taking on the extremely strenuous number, preferring to focus on the 100 back where she recently decided to top the world.

“The waistline of the team is made up of the A-level ones, and many people have met the criteria for a safe start,” said Federal Captain Csaba Sós. “Whether we used to be referred to as B-level can start will only be decided on June 30. Now this is defined by the rule as + invitation time +, ie it is up to the international federation to invite that competitor. To Tokyo. “

The federal captain indicated that in the past this was an automatism, but now it is a question of whether the Bubble Olympics will be pulled into the frame due to austerity measures and a reduction in the number of participants. “I mean, we can’t say for sure that this is the absolute final list, we’re just hoping for it. After qualifying in five relays, we were able to nominate several swimmers who have a B-level, so if they can only start in the relay, they can start. then in Tokyo. Olympic performance is a value, a rank, so I tried to give the opportunity to everyone who earned it with their performance. he added.

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