Hungary's 'Iron Lady' Wants To Be 'in The Moment' At Tokyo Olympics
Muhammad Rameez 10 days ago Thu 22nd July 2021 | 08:50 AM
Budapest, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 22nd Jul, 2021 ) :As Hungarian swimming great Katinka Hosszu gears up for her fifth Olympic Games the triple gold medallist says her target for Tokyo is simply to "enjoy the moment".
The 32-year-old, nicknamed the "Iron Lady", plans to compete in the 200m and 400m individual medley events, the 200m backstroke and 200m butterfly in Japan.
"So I didn't really enjoy the moment of stepping on the podium, or listening to the anthem as I was already thinking of what I need to do for the next race." Hosszu said her hero when growing up was compatriot Krisztina Egerszegi, who won five individual gold medals over three consecutive Games between 1988 and 1996.
As well as her achievements in the pool, Hosszu is also a pioneer in the sport.
She has put her name to a swimsuit with "Iron Lady" branding, holds live conferences with her legions of fans on Facebook, and is one of the highest-profile swimmers behind the professional International Swimming League (ISL).
The team-based competition format, launched in 2019, is designed to shake up swimming and boost the profile of a sport whose biggest moments traditionally come at the Olympics and world championships.
"I am really honoured to be part of ISL as one of the team owners, trying to show that swimming can be professional," said Hosszu.
"We have a league now. The swimmers are taken care of as elite athletes as they should be, as we do a lot of hard work.
"I think swimming can be very exciting, so changing the format of swimming competitions is helping to show spectators that it is fun to come to a swim meet, it can be kind of like going to a soccer game."But for now Hosszu will be putting her broader ambitions aside as she focuses on her bid for more Olympic glory in Tokyo.