Thursday, 13 September 2018 13:41

FINA Swimming World Cup 2018: Sjostrom, Andrew top 50m freestyle heats on opening day

Doha (QAT), 13.09.2018: Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom and American swimmer Michael Andrew set early pace as the FINA Swimming World Cup 2018 Doha edition kicked off at Hamad Aquatic Centre on September 13.

Sjostrom, who set a new World Cup record in women’s 50m freestyle heats in Kazan last week, continued her domination in the event claiming top position with a time of 24.21.

The duo from the Netherlands – Ranomi Kromowidjojo (24.78) and Femke Heemskerk (24.92) – finished second and third respectively.  

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu will also take part in the evening’s final of women’s 50m freestyle after qualifying for the event with a time of 25.96.

Andrew, 19, was ahead of Ukraine’s Andrii Govorov and Russia’s Vladimir Morozov in the men’s 50m freestyle heats.

The American clocked 21.92 with Govorov finishing second with a time of 22.31. Morozov, who cracked World Cup record in the same event in last meeting, took 22.35 to reach the finish line.

It was Andrew’s second victory as he won the men’s 100m butterfly with a time of 52.55.

He was followed by Mathys Goosen (53.54) of the Netherlands, and Belgium’s Dries Vangoetsenhoven, who finished the race in 53.59.

Promising Qatari swimmer Yacob Al Khulaifi made the home fans proud by qualifying for the final of the event with a time of 58.04.

In men’s 100m breaststroke heats, Russia’s Kirill Prigoda marked the fastest time of 1:00.50, with Dutchman Arno Kamminga securing the second spot with a time of 1:01.01.

Anton Chupkov, the Russian swimmer chasing the cluster 1 victory in Doha, took third position with a time of 1:01.08.

In the men’s 400m freestyle heats, Spain’s Marcos Gil Corbacho came first with a time of 4:01.12. American swimmer Blake Pieroni (4:02.02) was second, and was followed by Hungary’s David Verraszto, who marked a time of 4:02.02.

The finals of women’s 400m freestyle, women’s 50m backstroke, men’s 200m breaststroke, women’s 200m butterfly, and men’s 200m butterfly will also be held this evening.