The 'Iron Lady' Katinka Hosszu sees positive aspects in the Olympic postponement

LONDON: Katinka Hosszu 'Hungary' Iron lady 'swimming, it will be 32 by the time it was postponed Tokyo Olympics But rivals who expect to see signs of rust by 2021 may still be disappointed.

The triple Olympic gold medalist, who has already said she wants to extend her career to the Paris 2024 Games, acknowledges that she should be under no illusions despite the delay of an additional year.

I don't feel old. I know it's not very common to swim where I am at 30, but I still feel like I learned a lot about how I need to prepare and what I should do and how to compete, he said. Reuters in a phone interview on Friday.

I have accumulated so much knowledge and experience throughout my years that I believe it will be a greater advantage than this year, that my body will be older.

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If I take care of my body, if I do my training and prepare, I really don't think that makes a difference that year.

Hosszu, whose 31st birthday is in May, lit up the Rio de Janeiro pool where she was crowned the queen of potpourri.

She won the gold in the 200m and 400m combined and the 100m back, as well as the silver in the 200m back. At last year's world championship in Gwangju, Hosszu came out with two more golds.

In January she was voted the best swimmer in Europe by national federations and officials from the European governing body LEN.

At the time, he was preparing to defend his titles in Tokyo this summer, but the new coronavirus pandemic changed everything, with the Games postponed for the first time in Olympic history.

Instead of intensifying her training, she is now at home in Hungary wondering when she will compete again, but determined to stay positive.

I feel like this is a good time for me just to stop and relax and reflect and try new things. And I hope to be better next summer than where I would have been this summer, he said.

Speaking after the pro ISL series announced a 'Solidarity Program' that guaranteed its swimmers a minimum of $ 1,500 per month from September through next July, Hosszu said she was at least relieved that a decision had been made.

And in strange times there were also positive aspects to be recorded.

I think all swimmers keep an eye on each other, making sure we are all okay. We wonder how you can train or not, and what you can do and how much we miss swimming, Hosszu said.

I think it could be positive for later, just to appreciate what we can do and that we can compete.

Everyone will be happy to be together again and be able to compete. It will be a different atmosphere.