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Finishing fourth with Katinka Hosszu and Emma Twigg

What happens when you are expected to stand on the podium as an Olympic medallist – but you finish fourth?

Swimmer Katinka Hosszu was favourite for gold in 2012. (Interview starts at 03:05) During the race, she realised that she was in third position and the person in first couldn’t be caught. She started to be mentally distracted. The Hungarian finished the race and looked up at the board to check her time. She had finished fourth and was ‘devastated’. Some were even advising her to walk away from the sport entirely.

Hosszu used this disappointment to become the ‘Iron Lady’ who...