Katinka Hosszu of Hungary and Chad Le Clos of South Africa pose with their trophies for the best female and male athlete during the 13th FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, 11 December 2016.
WINDSOR – South Africa’s Chad le Clos and Katinka Hosszu from Hungary were voted the best female and male athletes of the 13th FINA World Swimming Championships which ended on Sunday in Windsor in Canada.
Le Clos was outstanding at the championships, with world titles in the 50m, 100m and 200m fly, and a silver in the 200m free.
Moreover, he established the only individual world record in the WFCU pool, 48.08 in the 100m butterfly.
The Hungarian star finished the competition with 42 points, while the South African champion totalled 20.
For Hosszu, this was the championships of all superlatives, with an unprecedented seven gold – 100m and 200m back, 100m and 200m fly, 100m, 200m and 400m individual medley (IM) – and two silver medals, in the 200m free and 50m back.
The US won the trophy for the Best Team of the Championships after topping the medals’ table with a total of 30 podium presences (eight gold, 15 silver and seven bronze).
They were also responsible for the second world record of the competition, in the women’s 4x50m medley, in a time of 1:43.27.
Hungary (7+2+2) and Russia (6+5+3) completed the medals’ table top three, while Japan, with a total of 15 awards (2+2+11), was eighth.
The final day of the championships started with the second Canadian gold of the competition, in the women’s 4x50m free relay.
Anchored by the incredible Penny Oleksiak (the first three swimmers were Michelle Williams, Sandrine Mainville and Taylor Ruck), the quartet completed the race in 1:35.00, leaving the defending champions, the Netherlands, with the silver in 1:35.37.
Italy got the bronze in 1:35.61, with final swimmer Federica Pellegrini adding another medal to her rich roll of honour.
In Doha in 2014, the US (fourth this time) had been second, while Denmark (only fifth in Windsor) had earned bronze.