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Hosszu Triples; Meilutyte Doubles

Jan 20, 2013  - Craig Lord

After winning six in eight finals on Saturday, Katinka Hosszu took three more wins to conclude a busy three days of racing at the Euro Meet in Luxembourg, one of those who beat the Hungarian Ruta Meilutyte, the Olympic 100m breaststroke champion who claimed two wins of to end her first long-course international of 2013.

First up, 2012 World Cup champion Hosszu took the 50m backstroke in 29.54; the next race she clocked 4:15.31 to win the 400m free; the next race she took the 100 'fly in 1:00.08 ahead of a 1:00.94 effort from teammate Zsuzsanna Jakabos; only then did Hosszu succumb to a rival, Daryna Zevina (UKR) taking the 200m backstroke in a meet mark of 2:11.67, Hosszu on 2:14.70, Jakabos on 2:16.04. 

The Hungarian took a second silver in the last event of the women's meet, on 55.44 in the 100m freestyle, the winner Meilutyte (Plymouth Leander in England), in 55.35, Dorothea Brant (GER) third in 56.11.

That was gold No2 for Meilutyte, who had earlier clocked a meet mark of 1:07.26 for a dominant victory, Caroline Ruhnau, of Essen and Germany next home in 1:10.12. The men's equivalent also witnessed a meet mark, Marco Koch, of Darmstadt and Germany, clocking 1:01.09 ahead of Igor Borysik (UKR), 1:02.12, with Laurent Carnol (LUX) third in 1:02.92. 

In other action, Sergiy Frolov (UKR) kept Yannick Lebherz (Potsdam and GER) at bay in the 400m free, 3:53.72 to 3:56.75, before Lebherz claimed the 200m backstroke in 2:01.26; and Francois Heersbrant (BEL) claimed the 100m 'fly in 54.13. The meet came to a close with a 50.32 win in the 100m free for Germany's Christoph Fildebrandt over Uer-Dormagen teammate Nils Roetgers 50.32 to 51.50.