The machine starts slowly: On the first day of the first stop of the World Cup Series in Berlin, no Hungarians made the podium individually – our best position was fifth on Friday, although there were more.
|Ajna Keselj finished fifth in the 400m on Friday in Berlin (Photo: Miklós Szabó, archive)|
Twenty-two Hungarians traveled to Berlin, the first stop in the World Cup series, including quite a few youngsters.
In contrast, the “greats” brought it, although they did not reach the podium on Friday either, and this time the main goal is not even to win a medal, but to complete the Olympic level, although that will be achieved. This will be done in two weeks, at the World Championships in Budapest ( October 20-22). Chances are higher, by then the hands and feet will probably have been warmed up enough.
The women’s 4x100m relay – Petra Sinanski, Pana Ogray, Ajna Keselj, Nicolette Badar – finished second behind the Australians.
Swimming World Cup Series, Stop 1, Berlin
Results of Hungarian interest
50m fast: 1. Isaac Cooper (Australian) 21.93, …5. Nandor Nemeth and Sebastian Szabó 22.12
400m fast: Danas Rapsis (Lithuania) 3:44.86, …7. Balaz Hollow 3:50.81
200 meters back: 1. Thomas Ciccone (Italian) 1:56.64, …5. Benedek Kovacs 2:00.88
400m fast: 1. Erika Fairweather (NZ) 4:01.09, …5. Ajna Kesili 4:10.08, …7. Nicolette Badar 4:12.74
4X100 quick change: 1. Australia 3:38.44, 2. Hungary (Petra Sinanski, Bana Ogray, Ajna Keselj, Nicolette Badar) 3:43.96