Aug 08, 2016

    Hungary's 'Iron Lady' claims gold

    HUNGARY'S Katinka Hosszu filled a glaring gap in her resume on Saturday, making her first Olympic medal a

    gold - with a stunning

    world record to boot.

    Hungary's "Iron Lady" shattered the world record in the 400m individual medley, seizing control from the start and winning in 4min 26.36sec.

    She eclipsed the previous record of 4:28.43 set by China's Ye Shiwen en route

    to gold in London four years ago - where Hosszu was relegated to fourth.

    "Coming to Rio, I wanted to do the best I can and

    I did," said the five-time world champion.

    "In London, I was under pressure, I was nervous before the final, I was preoccupied

    by the idea of what would happen if I don't win.

    "And I did not want to live through this again here in Rio," added the 27-year-old, who built up her confidence by swimming the second-fastest time ever

    in the heats.

    Hosszu was already celebrating when American Maya DiRado finished second in 4:31.15, with Spain's

    Mireia Belmonte claiming bronze in 4:32.39.