Katie Ledecky was off tor the night Monday at the world championships. It was up to someone else to seize the moment. Swimming in her home nation, Hungary's Iron Lady did just that.
Katinka Hosszu lived up to her country's enormous expectations with an electrifying victory in the 200-meter individual medley, spurred on by a flag-waving, foot-stomping crowd at Duna Arena.
The new 12,000-seat aquatic facility along the Danube was packed all the way to the rafters, and it was clear who most of the fans came to see.
Hosszu didn't let them down.
“It's really hard to put into words what it means to win at home,” she said. “It definitely gives you extra energy and...