USC's Katinka Hosszu Wins Olympic Gold With World Record In 400m IM|
Aug. 6, 2016
Former USC great Katinka Hosszu won her first career Olympic medal in smashing fashion, shattering the world record in the 400m IM tonight (Aug. 6) at the Rio Olympics and extended USC's amazing streak of having a Trojan win a gold medal at every Summer Games since 1912.
Hosszu, one of Hungary's top athletic stars who is already an NCAA and world champion in her fourth Olympic trip, dominated the 400m IM final with a 4:26.36, lowering the previous world record by 2:07 seconds and winning by almost five seconds. Hosszu, whose prelim swim of 4:28.58 (then the second-fastest time ever), was fourth in the event in 2012 and 12th in 2008.
In addition, former Trojan Amanda Weir, who had a brief tenure at USC, earned a silver in the 4x100m free relay. The veteran Weir, in her third Olympics, helped the U.S. qualify second for the finals with her prelim swim and picks up a silver thanks to the Americans' second-place finish in the final.
Incoming freshman Louise Hansson also had a strong first day, helping Sweden to fifth in tonight's relay after swimming in the prelims as well. She also raced in the 100m fly prelims, finishing 32nd (59.73).
Recent grad and 2016 NCAA relay champion Kasia Wilk swam on Poland's 4x100m free relay in prelims, her squad finishing 15th.
Another former Trojan NCAA winner, Cristian Quintero, started his Olympic schedule in the 400m free and was 33rd (3:50.84).
There are 44 current, former and incoming USC students competing in Rio, more than from any U.S. university. It is the fifth consecutive Summer Games with at least 40 Trojan Olympians.
In its history, USC has had more Olympians (452), medalists (290) and gold medalists (136) than any U.S. university. Trojan Olympians have represented 64 countries and have participated in 29 sports.
Fans can go to USCTrojans.com/rio2016 to follow USC's Rio Olympians.