Party in the pool as Hungarians lead final charge for gold
Hungary’s Liliana Szilagyi partied in the pool again on 22 August, snatching gold in the women’s 100m butterfly on the final night of swimming in Nanjing.
Szilagyi has kept the crowd at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre Natatorium entertained with her wild poolside celebrations, starting on Monday, August 18 when she won gold in the women’s 200m butterfly.
Her reaction to her latest win was more subdued. “After the 200m I was just caught up and it was all spontaneous, but today I was a little calmer,” Szilagyi said. “But I’m just as happy as I was before.”
The 17-year-old Hungarian comes from an impeccable gene pool. She is the granddaughter of legendary water polo player and triple Olympic gold medallist Deszo Gyarmati (HUN), and the daughter of three-time Olympic freestyle swimmer Zoltan Szilagyi (HUN).
She said her family would be proud. “My mother will be crying right now and she will be very happy that my dreams have come true,” Szilagyi said.
Hungary's Liliana Szilagyi celebrates her gold in the 100m butterfly
Hungary’s swimmers picked up a further three medals in the final night of competition in the pool. In the men’s 200m butterfly Tamas Kenderesi won gold and Benjamin Gratz took silver, while in the women’s 200m breaststroke Anna Sztankovics collected bronze. “The secret of the Hungarian swimming team is that hard work pays off and we all work hard. It’s as simple as that,” Kenderesi explained.
Throssell’s magnificent seven
Throssell was thrilled to have amassed seven bronze medals. "Receiving the bronze, being the third fastest person in the world, it's just so exciting and I'm over the moon,” she said.
On her 18th birthday, Hannah Moore (USA) finished first in the women’s 400m freestyle, winning her second gold medal of the Games. Moore led throughout but came in only just ahead of second-placed Sarisa Suwannachet (THA). Kathrin Demler (GER) claimed bronze. "That was the best birthday present that I could have asked for,” Moore said. “I wasn't expecting that today, so it was just awesome.”
Anastasiya Malyavina (UKR) won the women’s 200m breaststroke, while Nikola Obrovac (CRO) collected Croatia’s first gold medal in the pool at these Games in the men’s 50m breaststroke. "I feel very happy. That was unexpected for me, because I'm two years younger than everybody else in the race, so that was a big surprise,” Obrovac said.
Rozaliya Nasretdinova (RUS) won gold in the women’s 50m freestyle. Her compatriot Daria Ustinova collected bronze, while Ami Matsuo (AUS) came in second. Nasretdinova said she was proud to share the podium with her teammate. “It was really good that we could both be there,” said the Russian. “It’s a great feeling to win the gold medal, but I’m aware it’s the Youth Olympic Games and I must aim for much more in my career.”