Hungary's Hosszu wins 2 gold medals in 1 day

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Britain's Jazmin Carlin celebrates winning the women's 800m freestyle final at the LEN Swimming European Championships in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
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BERLIN (AP) — Katinka Hosszu of Hungary won two gold medals and one bronze at the European Swimming Championship on Thursday, giving her four medals for the week.

Hosszu, already gold medalist in the 400-meter medley, also took gold in the 200, finishing in 2:08.11.

About 40 minutes later, she shared first place in the 100 backstroke with Mie Nielsen of Denmark, with both finishing in 59.63 seconds. Georgia Davies of Britain was .11 seconds behind in third.

"I feel awesome," said Hosszu, who is the world record holder in the medley events. "Now I am ready for the relay."

And she was, anchoring Hungary to the bronze medal in the 4x200 free relay in the final race of the day.

Italy won the relay when Federica Pellegrini used a stunning finish to edge Stina Gardell of Sweden in the final few meters. Sarah Sjostrom had given Sweden a huge lead in the third leg but Gardell was unable to protect it and Sjostrom had to settle for a silver after winning two gold medals earlier in the week.

Italy finished in 7:50.53, while Sweden clocked 7:51.03. Hungary was timed in 7:54.23.

Jazmin Carlin of Britain won the gold medal in the women's 800-meter race by pulling away in the last two laps. Carlin clocked eight minutes, 15.54 seconds, beating Mireia Belmonte Garcia of Spain by 5.68 seconds. Boglarka Kapas of Hungary earned the bronze, 6.52 seconds adrift.

Belmonte Garcia competed in the very next race, only minutes later, and finished eighth and last in the 200 medley.

Aimee Willmott of Britain took the silver behind Hosszu in 2:11.44. Lisa Zaiser of Austria was third in 2:12.17.

Marco Koch gave host Germany its first gold medal by winning the 200 breaststroke. Koch was second in the first half of the race but pulled away and held off Ross Murdoch of Britain at the finish. Koch clocked 2:07.47, while Murdoch was .30 seconds behind. Early leader Giedrius Titenis of Liuthuania had to settle for bronze, 1.46 seconds off the pace.

Viktor Bromer of Denmark won the men's 200 butterfly in 1:55.29, while Hungary's Bence Biczo was second in 1:55.62. Pawel Korzeniowski took the bronze in 1:55.74.

Vladimir Morozov of Russia won the men's 50 backstroke, coming home in 24.64 seconds to beat Jeremy Stravius of France by .20 seconds. Christoph Walker-Hebborn of Britain earned bronze .36 seconds off the pace. He has two golds from previous races.

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