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Swimming coach thrown out for ‘cure’

August 4, 2013
Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú is having a golden summer: she dominated the 200m individual medley at the world championships on Monday, beating her nearest rival by 1.5 seconds. Hosszú plans to marry her coach this month.

Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú is having a golden summer: she dominated the 200m individual medley at the world championships on Monday, beating her nearest rival by 1.5 seconds. Hosszú plans to marry her coach this month.

The coach of Olympic champion Dániel Gyurta was sent home this week from the swimming world championships in Barcelona, days before the Hungarian began his quest to defend his 200-metre breaststroke title.

Though there was no direct confirmation from the Hungarian association, president Tamás Gyárfás did say that Sándor Széles had to be dismissed because “of the usual problems… he needs to be cured”.

The coach’s alcohol issues are one of the worst-kept secrets in the swimming community, but Széles told state radio station Kossuth that he had to come home and go to hospital because of ulcer problems.

The incident is unlikely to upset Gyurta’s performance because participants at the world championship usually spend their last days with the captain of the national team.

Gyurta was due to compete after this edition of The Budapest Times went to press, but unlike at the last world championship he will not have to carry the burden of winning the first gold medal for Hungary this time, because 24-year-old Katinka Hosszú finished on top of the podium in the 200-metre medley on Monday.

The Budapest Times

 

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