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Zsuzsanna Jakabos

Zsuzsanna JakabosZsuzsanna "Zsu" Jakabos, born on the 3rd of April 1989, is a Hungarian swimmer. She competed at the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics in seven events in total, with the best achievement of 6th place in the 4×200 meter freestyle relay in 2008 and 2016.

She was named the 'Swimmer of the Year' in 2005 and awarded the Cross of Merit of the Republic of Hungary – Bronze Cross in 2008.

In 2019 Jakabos was member of the 2019 International Swimming League representing Team Iron.

At the moment Zsuzsanna's life is busy between swimming and fashion, but, to take a step back in time - Zsuzanna was born in Pécs, a small town in Hungary.

"I think that was a perfect place to grow up. It is very different to live in small town, but you can learn a lot of things there at young age, such as loyalty, integrity, and respect. I am very thankful that I could spend my childhood living in a small community like Pécs."

"When I started to learn how to swim. My parents would bring me to the pool, because they believed everyone has to know how to swim."

"My first coach in Pécs name is Dr Petrov Anatolij. He noticed I had natural talent - he was my coach for more than 10 years."

When asked how she felt with her first experience in the Hungarian Championship at just 14 years of age where she was also able to reach a final:

Zsuzsanna Jakabos"Sorry, but I don’t remember that. I had so many competitions and practices at that age, that some things just become forgotten..."

In 2004 you participated at the Athens Olympics! How was that experience?

"I was very young, only 15 years old when I participated at the Athens Olympics. At that time, that was just a very big competition for me. I did not have enough international experience and I was not mature enough."

"I was just watching the whole crowd, the big name athletes and I didn’t feel like I was one of them. I was not able to process all the feelings, experience, moods, and spirit that the Olympics give you."

"That changed a lot in Beijing 2008. I appreciated far more how that Olympic Games affected me."

Because of your beautiful smile and your incredibly fit body do you feel too observed at the pools by photographers and journalists who are poolside?

"I don’t feel too observed. I like it when photographers are taking pictures of me. I enjoy that, and I think everyone can see it."

"Of course, I feel a little uncomfortable with it when I am doing my pre-competition routine."

"Too much attention can disturb my focus, but I have to deal with it - but other than that any other time is ok with me."

Zsuzsanna JakabosAnd your boyfriend? Can he be a little bit jealous? "Just a little. He is a swimmer too, so he knows what it is all about. We are on the same team, and we are able to go to the events and training camps together."

"We help each other in the daily routine and during the competitions too. We take delight in each other successes."

"Every day I have a 90 minute-dry land session, and a little bit more than 2 hour swimming practice in the morning, and one more swimming training in the afternoon. So it is more than 6 hours of training each day - except weekends."

In 2003 she was a hungarian short-track champion. At European Championships in 2004, she finished 4th in the 400 meter medley and 6th in the 200 meter medley.

At the 2004 Summer Olympics, she finished 15th in the 400 meter medley, so she did not make the final.

In 2005, at the World Championships in Montreal, she was 8th in the 200 and 400 meter medleys. She was 12th in the 200 meter butterfly.

She won a bronze medal in the 400 meter medley at the European Short Course Championships in Trieste. She was disqualified from the race in the 200 meter butterflies and did not reach the final of the 100 meter medley.

Zsuzsanna JakabosIn 2006, she was fourth in the 400 medley at the European Championships and 10th in the 200 medley.

At the European Short Course Championships, she finished 13th in the 200 meter butterfly, 22nd in the 100 meter medley and 9th in the 400 meter medley.

She was not included in the 2007 World Cup squad. At the European Short Course she was 39th in the 50 meter backstroke and 14th in the 400 meter medley.

At Euro 2008, she was 4thin the 400 meter medley, 6th in the 200 meter butterfly and 20th in the 200 meter medley. At the Beijing Olympics, she finished 6th in the 4×200 meter freestyle with the Hungarian team as a member of the relay.

She was 13th in the 400 meter medley and finished 7th in the 200 meter butterfly, 9th in the 400 meter medley, 21stin the 100 meter medley, 41st in the 100 meter butterfly and 54th in the 50 meter freestyle.

At the World Championships in Rome, she finished 7th in the 400 medley, 14th in the 200 butterfly and 17th in the 200 backstroke.

At the European Short Course Championships in Istanbul, she finished 3rd in the longest mixed event, 7th in the 200 meter butterfly, 16th in the 200 meter medley and 32nd in the 100 meter butterfly.

At the 2010 European Swimming Championships in Budapest, she won a bronze medal in the 400 meter medley. She won silver in the 200 meter butterfly, the event was won by Katinka Hosszú.

Zsuzsanna JakabosIn the 200 meters she swam the seventh best time in the pre-race, but Katinka Hosszú and Evelyn Verraszt also swam better than her and according to the rules, only two athletes of the same nationality could advance to the semifinals.

At the 2010 European Short Course Swimming Championships, she won gold in 200 butterfly and 400 medley, reached the semifinals in 100 medleys and was 4th in the 100 butterfly.

At the Short Course World Championships, she was 5th in the 400 medley, 8th in the 200 backstroke and 22nd in the 100 meter butterfly.

At the 2011 World Championships, she finished 6th in the 200 meter butterfly, 10th in the 400 meter medley and 5th in the 4× 200 freestyle relay.

She was 5th in the 200 meter butterfly at the European Short Course Championships, 32nd in the 100 meter butterfly, second in the 100 meter medley and 3rd in the 400 meter medley. At the end of the year, she was a member of the European national team.

At the 2012 European Championships, she was 2nd in the 400 meter medley, 200 butterfly and 4× 200 meter freestyle relay. With the 4× 100 meter freestyle relay, she finished 4th in the 100 meter butterfly and in the 4× 100 meter medley relay.

In the 200 meter medley qualifier, she finished third, and also as the third Hungarian competitor.

Zsuzsanna JakabosAccording to the rules, only two swimmers from the same country could play in the semifinals, so Jakabos was eliminated.

At the Olympics, she finished ninth in the 400 meter medley and did not reach the final. In the 200 meters butterfly, she reached the semifinals in fifth place.

And at the final where she finished seventh. With the 4× 200 meter freestyle relay, her team finished 9th in the qualifying. They missed the final by two hundredths of a second.

She was a member of the 4× 100 meter medley relay, which was disqualified during qualifying.

In the autumn of 2012, at the eight-stop Short Course World Cup, she finished 2nd overall among women.

At the 2012 European Short Course Championships, she reached the final in the 200 meter butterfly and the 200 meter medley. She won bronze in the mixed and finished 4th in the butterfly.

On the second day of competition, she finished 3rd in the 100 meter medley in the qualifying and 2nd in the semifinals.

She finished 2nd in the 100 meter butterfly in qualifying. 5th in the semifinals and 4th in the final. She finished 3rd in the 400 meter medley as well as in the final.

At the 2012 World Short Track Swimming Championships, she finished 7th in the 200 meter freestyle and 100 meter medley, in the 200 meter and 400 meter medley and 4th in the 4× 200 meter freestyle relay.

Zsuzsanna JakabosAt the 2013 World Championships, she reached the semifinals in the 200 meter medley in 10th place from the qualifying - where she finished 8th and became a finalist. She finished 6th in the final.

In the 200 meter butterfly, she advanced from the qualifying round in seventh place, 6th from the semifinals and finished 5th in the final.

In the 400 meter medley, she reached the final in third place with a personal best. In the final, she continued to improve on her best by finishing 6th.

In the autumn of 2013, following her coach, she moved to Győr. She underwent shoulder surgery in October of that year.

At the 2014 European Swimming Championships, she finished 4th in the 200 m butterfly and won bronze in the 4× 200 meter freestyle relay.

At the 2014 World Short Course Swimming Championships, she was 16th in the 50 meter freestyle, 9th in the 400 meter medley and 4th in the 4× 200 meter freestyle relay.

At the 2015 World Aquatics Championships, she finished 35th in the 50 meter freestyle, ninth in the 200 meter medley and 11th in the 400 meter medley.

Zsuzsanna JakabosShe was 8th in the mixed relay. In November 2015, he finished third in the overall assessment of the World Cup.

At the 2015 European Short Course Swimming Championships, she finished 10th in the 50 meter freestyle, 5th in the 200 meter butterfly and 8th in the 200 meter medley as the third Hungarian. But was disqualified in the 400 meter medley final.

At the 2016 European Aquatics Championships, she finished 4th in the 200 meter butterfly, third in the 200 meter medley, and 3rd in the 400 meter medley. She won gold in the 4× 200 meter freestyle relay and bronze in the mixed medley relay.

At the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, he finished 6th in the 4× 100 meter mix freestyle relay and 12th in both the 200 meter and 400 meter medley.

At the 2018 European Championships, she finished 5th in the 400 meter medley and did not qualify for the final in the 200m butterfly.

At the 2019 World Championships, she finished 7th in the 400 meter medley and won silver in the 400m medley at the European Short Track Championships in Glasgow.

At the European Championships in Budapest in May 2021, she won a silver medal as a member of the 4 x 200 meter freestyle relay.

Zsuzsanna JakabosAt the Tokyo Olympics, she finished in 7th place with the 4x200 freestyle relay (Boglárka Kapás, Evelyn Verraszt, Laura Veres, Ajna Késely.

In August 2017, she married her coach, Ivan Petrov.

Records set by Zsuzsanna "Zsu" Jakabos:

50 m freestyle, short track
26.31 (12 November 2005, BeaverField) – national record

100 m medley short track
1:03.48 (December 9, 2005, Trieste) – national record
1:03.29 (December 2005, 9, Trieste) – national record

400 m medley short track
4:28.46 (Istanbul, 13 December 2009) – national record
4:27.86 (December 11, 2011, Szczecin) – national record


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