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Action continues at FINA Swimming World Cup on final day in Dubai

posted on 19/10/2013: 2887 views



The action continued this morning on the final day of the FINA Swimming World Cup at the Hamdan Sports Complex, with Hungarian Katinka Hosszu again showing her versatility qualifying for the finals of another five events, taking her total number of events contested for the two days to 12.

Hosszu only missed the podium in one of her six events last night, the 800m freestyle, where she finished fifth. After that disappointment she lifted to take gold in the 200m freestyle and 200m IM, silver in the 100m butterfly, and bronze in the 200m backstroke and 50m backstroke.

Hosszu will tonight contest the 100m backstroke, 50m butterfly, 100m IM (individual medley), 200m butterfly, 400m freestyle and 400 IM.

"It's hard to come back the next morning for prelims, but I'm swimming well and I'll feel better this evening" said Hosszu. " I'm focused on my racing, and making the podium for every event." Hosszu's domination of the Swimming World Cup so far this year sees her on track to retain her overall crown from 2012, being an unprecedented 254 points ahead of her nearest rival, Spain's Mireia Belmonte Garcia after three rounds of the eight leg series.

Belmonte will be hoping to add to her gold in the 800m freestyle, qualifiying for finals in the 200m butterfly, and the 400 IM.

Chad Le Clos also backed up well after giving the 200m butterfly world record a shake last night, getting to within .03 of the mark he set in Eindhoven in August. Le Clos qualified fastest for the 100m butterfly, and in 4th for the 200m IM.

"I'm feeling comfortable and rested, I'm excited for the 100m fly tonight and then the 200IM. I'm hoping to go close to world record for the 100 fly" he said.

The rivalry between sprinters Vladimir Morozov of Russia, Australia's Robert Hurley and Ashley Delaney looks set to continue, with the trio qualifying first second and third respectively for the 50m backstroke final. Morozov took gold in the 100m freestyle last night, and silver behind Australia's Kenneth To in the 100m IM. Morozov also qualified fastest for the 50m freestyle, but will have to face up to Roland Schoeman who, at 33, showed age is no barrier taking gold in both the 50m butterfly and 50m breaststroke last night.

Delaney qualified fastest for the 200m backstroke and will be hoping to snag his first individual medal tonight. Anthony Ervin also qualified and will also be hoping to add gold to his silver from the 100m freestyle.

Hurley meanwhile took gold on Day 1 in the 400m freestyle and the 4x50m medley mixed relay, and silver in the 100m backstroke behind Thomas Shields. Hurley qualified for the 200m freestyle final tonight, where he will meet the silver medallist from the 400m, Devon Brown as well as fastest qualifier Gustavo Braga Godoy of Brazil.

2012 Overall world Cup champion Kenneth To is in good form, collecting 2 gold and 1 bronze last night. He qualified third for the 100m breaststroke, and second in the 200mIM behind last night's 400IM winner, David Verraszto of Hungary. The 200 IM is shaping up to be a great race, with Verraszto, To, Chad Le Clos and Australia's Travis Mahoney all going for gold.

To said this morning "I feel ok, I'm a bit tired and sluggish today. With all the training it's a bit hard to find the speed sometimes, but I'll recover now and try to go out faster than I did in Moscow. Hopefully I can hold them off".

The 200m gold medallist, Michael Jamieson of the UK, will be going for the 100m/200m double, qualifying second behind Slovakia's Tomas Klobucnik who took the silver in the 200m breaststroke last night.

Jamaica's Alia Atkinson will also be looking for the breaststroke double, qualifying fastest for the 50m after taking gold in the 100m last night. Iuliia Efimova of Russia qualified second and will be keen to turn the tables after taking silver behind Atkinson last night.

After 3 individual silvers and 1 team gold Emily Seebohm of Australia will be trying to top the podium tonight in the 100m backstroke, but will have to get past her team mate Belinda Hocking, Ukrainian backstroke specialist Daryna Zevina and the versatile Hosszu to do so. Seebohm also qualified for the100m IM where she will have her work cut out, again coming up against current world record holder Hosszu.

Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands may only just be back into training, but after taking gold in the 50m freestyle last night she again showed her speed this morning, qualifying fastest for the 100m free tonight ahead of country woman Frederike Heemskeerk and Denmark's Jeanette Ottesen Gray. Ottesen Gray took gold in the 100m Butterfly last night, and qualified fastest for the 50m butterfly, where she will line up against Hosszu, Kromowidjojo, Inge Dekker and Francesca Halsall in what is promising to be one of the most hotly contested races on the program.

After a great performance in the 50m breaststroke yesterday, Mubarak Al Besher was again the best of the UAE team, finishing 19th in the 100m breaststroke. Also performing well today were Omar Al Hammadi who finished 19th int eh 100m butterfly and 22nd in the 200m IM, and youngster Yaaqoub Alsaadi who finished 21st in the 50m backstroke and 23rd in the 200m backstroke.

After an exciting finals program last night the pool came alive to the sounds of hundreds of excited children competing in the Children's World Cup. The special program was included to give local children the chance to swim in the competition pool, in either 25m or 50m races. Children will again have the chance to participate today at 3.30pm.

The Dubai competition on 17th-18th October is the fourth leg of the eight-leg World Cup series, which commenced in August in Eindhoven in the Netherlands, before moving on the Berlin then Moscow. After Dubai the competition will move on to Doha, Singapore, and Tokyo, with the final event in Beijing on November 13th-14th.

The Swimming World Cup is contested in a 25m pool and sees both men and women vying for prize money in each of the 36 events. Points are awarded for performances using a FINA scale which is based on the current world record time. Points are accumulated over the eight leg series, with prize money for all medalists. The overall top scorer in the men's and women's section at the end of the series will win USD$100,000. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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