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Iron Lady’ Hosszu sees positives in Olympic postponement

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Katinka Hosszu, Hungary's 'Iron Lady' of swimming, will be 32 by the time the postponed Tokyo Olympics come around but rivals expecting to see signs of rust by 2021 could still be disappointed.

FILE PHOTO: Swimming – 17th FINA World Aquatics Championships – Women's 400m Individual Medley Final – Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2017 – Katinka Hosszu of Hungary celebrates after winning the race. REUTERS/David Balogh

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LONDON: Katinka Hosszu, Hungary's 'Iron Lady' of swimming, will be 32 by the time the postponed Tokyo Olympics come around but rivals expecting to see signs of rust by 2021 could still be disappointed.

The triple Olympic gold medallist, who has already said she wants to stretch her career out to the 2024 Paris Games, reckons they should not get their hopes up despite the extra year's delay.

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"I dont feel old. I know its not very common to swim where I am at 30 but I still feel like I learned so much about how I need to prepare and what I need to do and how to race," she told Reuters in a telephone interview on Friday.

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

"If I take care of my body, if I do my training and I get ready, I really dont think it will make a difference that one year."

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

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She won gold in the 200m and 400m medley and 100m backstroke, as well as a silver in 200m backstroke. At last year's world championships in Gwangju, Hosszu came away with two more golds.

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

At that point she was preparing to defend her 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 stepping up her training, now she is at home in Hungary wondering when she will next be racing but determined to stay positive.

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