Less than six months until the start of the 17th FINA World Championships! In the coming months the Budapest 2017 Organising Committee will work hard to host the most successful aquatics showdown ever! The countdown has started - not only the OC, but the favourite Hungarian athletes are preparing also. (Part 2)
Géza Imre – Olympic silver medalist, World and European champion fencer
„The Hungarian athletes should just enjoy that the 17th FINA World Championships will be held in Hungary. In swimming, we have so many stars and I am quite sure that they will win some medals. In water polo -as my favorite – I hope, in both gender, the Hungarian teams will reach the finals”
Géza Imre is in the air - origo.hu
Beatrix Kökény – Olympic games and World championship silver medalist, European champion former handball player
“I just don’t have the words to describe how talented and humble Katinka Hosszú is. She is one in a million. To be honest, I have never seen any swimming competition yet, so here is time! With the mostly hungarian crowd, the atmosphere will be sensational. This little country, Hungary proved already many-many times that a great organizer and host for any kind of event. Hopefully, after the 17th FINA World Championships the National Olympic Committee will share this thought as well.
Beatrix Kökény in green - nso.hu
Masters: Dr Dianna Szokol will fight for her first WCH gold medals in Budapest and Balatonfüred
Dr Dianna Szokol won three bronze medals at the 2008 FINA Masters World Championships in Perth, three silver medals in 2015 in Kazan, so she can have only one goal at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest and Balatonfüred: winning three gold medals!
„I was very happy to hear that Hungary would host the world championships, because we have the opportunity to get to know the venues, which will be familiar to us during the event. Furthermore, there will be a lot of Hungarian fans on the stands, who will support us” – said Dr Dianna Szokol, who has won five gold medals in total at the European Masters Championships since 2005. Last year she finished first in 400 m and 800 m freestyle and won silver in 200 m freestyle in London.
”I started preparing for the world championships in September, so it will be a very long and tough preparation, but it is worth doing it, since I will compete in front of a home crowd. I train 5-6 days a week with young talented swimmers in Nyíregyháza with the help of my coach Sándor Gyula. I plan to start in 200 m, 400 m and 800 m freestyle, in 400 m medley and also in the open water competition at the FINA Masters.”