Former USC great Katinka Hosszu won her first career Olympic medal in smashing fashion, shattering the world record in the 400m individual medley on Saturday at the Rio Olympics and extending 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 4×100-meter free relay. The veteran Weir, in her third Olympics, helped the U.S. qualify for the finals with her prelim swim and picked up a silver thanks to the Americans’ second-place finish in the final.
For more on Saturday’s events, visit the USC Athletics website.
To follow the 44 Trojan Olympians in Rio — most of any U.S. university — visit the USC Athletics Olympic website.
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