Summer is fast approaching and with it we are getting closer to the 17th FINA World Championships – a 100 days to go today to be specific!
The Aquatics Championships in Budapest, the biggest sporting event in history Hungary has ever hosted, will begin on July 14 and run through July 30.
The 100 days’ milestone is very compact and near, so much so that one may stop and have some thoughts about it. Hungarian athletes are fine tuning their techniques and share with us their excitement for the home Championships.
Olympic and World bronze medallist, as well as five-time European champion swimmer Boglarka Kapas and her coach, Balazs Virth (now training in Thailand) did not forget about the milestone.
“This is the last week of our training camp in Thailand in prevision of the upcoming World Championships in Budapest. Everybody is healthy and we are preparing for the Hungarian National Championship to be held in Debrecen, where we would like to exceed last year’s results. We are eagerly looking forward to it” Boglarka Kapas said in a video message she sent to the organisers for the occasion.
Synchronised swimmers are also preparing for the summer with full determination.
Synchronised swimming ace Luca Renyi said: “We are counting down the days at home and we really feel closer and closer to the World Championships. Our team is great and we pursue a totally different attitude than previous years. We train between 5 to 6 hours per day in order to do well at the World Championships and after finishing our routine, our coach, Natalia Tarasova, who has been working with us for a year and a half now and can be considered as our ‘second mother’, would tell us: ‘good job’. These two words mean a lot to us and motivate us as well. The routines are improving every day and we would like to show what we are capable of in front of our families, friends who will be part of the home crowd. I believe that thanks to Natalia we will have a very special routine built upon Hungarian traditions.”
Hungarian diver Villo Kormos is also preparing to take the plunge.
“100 days prior to the World Championship my dives and movements are about to take their final form. Currently I am working on my back two and a half back somersault with a pike. I will definitely present the best of my form in Budapest.”
The national water polo team, attracting thousands of fans to their matches typically, is also tuning in for the competition.
Centre player Ildiko Toth admits that "more work has to be done in order to excel at the World’s, but most certainly looking forward to the event is exciting enough.”
“Fortunately, several nice tasks are awaiting us such as the National Championship finals. However, I get really emotional to realise how close the big event is. I am looking forward to it and I am very proud to be hosting such a prestigious event in my country."
Kristof Rasovszky may compete in four different events in the open water competition of the 17th FINA World Championships.
The 20-year-old swimmer from Veszprem (HUN) plans to enter the 5k, 10k and 25k races in the qualifier competition to be held in early summer in France, and hopes to be a member of the Hungarian team in the relay competition as well.
"My main event is of course the 10k, so the most important thing for me is to do well in that distance, but I may qualify in other events as well. I will be in good shape during the World Championships, so it will not be a problem to compete in three or four events," Rasovszky said.
"I have changed my approach to my trainings. I wanted to work harder, and I got extra motivation. Thanks to this change I managed to win the European Cup event in Eilat (ISR)."