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FINA Swimming World Cup 2018: Morozov and Sjostrom continue domination on opening day

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Hosszu claims two titles at Hamad Aquatic Centre; Andrew, Larkin also secure wins

Doha (QAT), 13.09.2018: Top swimmers lived up to expectations on the first day of FINA Swimming World Cup 2018 Doha edition at Hamad Aquatic Centre on September 13.

Russia’s Vladimir Morozov and Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom remained on course of winning the first cluster after securing victories in 50m freestyle races.

Morozov, who broke a World Cup record in 50m freestyle in Kazan last week, overcame a stiff challenge from American swimmers Michael Andrew and Blake Pieroni to win the event with a time of 21.80.

“I am happy to win this race. I am targeting a total of three gold medals in Doha,” the Russian swimmer said after his victory.    

“I hope a total of two wins will be enough to give me victory in the first cluster,” he added.

Sjostrom defeated Dutch duo of Femke Heemskerk and Ranomi Kromowidjojo to win women’s 50 m freestyle, clocking 23.99. Heemskerk (24.54) and Kromowidjojo (24.62) finished in second and third positions respectively.

“I was expecting this victory. I am happy to continue winning this event, and I am looking for some more victories in Doha,” said Sjostrom.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, however, was the most decorated swimmer on the opening day, bagging two gold medals and a bronze medal.        

Hosszu, famous as ‘The Iron Lady’ took part in all the five races in women’s field yesterday, winning women’s 400m freestyle and women’s 200m butterfly titles. She also clinched third position in women’s 50m backstroke.    

“I am happy with my performance. It’s always good to win races and I have enjoyed the opening day in Doha,” said Hosszu.

“I am trying to keep the right balance,” she said.

American swimmers Pieroni and Andrew also recorded a victory each on the first day.

Pieroni topped the men’s 400m freestyle race in 51.83, followed by Belgium’s Lorenz Weiremans and Wu Yuhang of China.

World junior champion Andrew sealed win in men’s 100m butterfly in 51.83, with South Africa’s Ryan Coetzee (52.20) and Dutchman Mathys Goosen (52.99) second and third respectively.

Kira Toussaint won the women’s 50m backstroke clocking 28.01, in top-two podium finish for the Dutchwomen, as Kromowidjojo finished second with a time of 28.49. Hosszu took the bronze with a time of 28.57.

Australia’s Mitchell Larkin also pulled off a win in the men’s 200m backstroke title with a time of 1:57.45, ahead of Spain’s Manuel Bacarizo (2:02.52) ,and Hungary’s David Verraszto.  

Brazil’s Felipe Lima bagged a victory in men’s 100m breaststroke with a time of 59.61.

The three-day meeting will continue on September 14, with 12 titles scheduled to be decided.  

FINALS RESULTS

1 - Women’s 400m Freestyle

Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 4:10.02

Femke Heemskerk (NED) 4:12.56

Chanzhen Zhou (CHN) 4:13.62

2 - Men’s 400m Freestyle

Blake Pieroni (USA) 3:53.98

Lorenz Weiremans (BEL) 3:54.94

Yuhang Wu (CHN) 3:55.57

3 - Women’s 50m Backstroke

Kira Toussaint (NED) 28.01

Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) 28.49

Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 28.57

4 - Men’s 200m Backstroke

Mitchell Larkin (AUS) 1:57.45

Manuel Bacarizo (ESP) 2:02.52

David Verraszto (HUN) 2:07.08

5 - Women’s 200m Butterfly

Katinka Hosszu(HUN) 2:09.26

Zsuzsanna Jakabos (HUN) 2:10.34

Carina Brand (RSA) 2:35.58

6 - Men’s 100m Butterfly

Michael Andrew (USA) 51.83

Ryan Coetzee (RSA) 52.20

Mathys Goosen (NED) 52.99

7 - Women’s 200m Backstroke

Yuliya Efimova (RUS) 2:23.55

Vitalina Simnova (RUS) 2:24.06

Alba Vazquez Ruiz (ESP) 2:30.33

8 - Men’s 100m Breaststroke

Felipe Lima (BRA) 59.61

Arno Kamminga (NED) 59.74

Anton Chupkov (RUS) 59.89

9 - Women’s 50m Freestyle

Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) 23.99

Femke Heemskerk (NED) 24.54

Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) 24.62

10 - Men’s 50m Freestyle

Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 21.80

Michael Andrew (USA) 21.95

Blake Pieroni (USA) 22.17

FLASH QUOTES:

FINA SWC Doha Day 1: Winner, Women’s 400m Freestyle

Katinka Hosszu:

“I am very happy to start with a victory. This, I hope will set the momentum. I am now focusing in my next final which is 50m backstroke.”    

FINA SWC Doha Day 1: Winner, Men’s 400m Freestyle

Blake Pieroni:

“It is very nice to start the World Cup meet with a 400m race win. I am looking forward to more good performances.”

FINA SWC Doha Day 1: Winner, Women’s 50m Backstroke

Kira Toussaint Kira:

“I went for a gold medal and I won it, I am very happy as it was a tough competition.”

FINA SWC Doha Day 1: Winner, Men’s 200m Backstroke

Mitchell Larkin:

“This win will give me confidence. There were some difficulties during the race but it’s normal in such competition. It’s fantastic to win in the first race.”

FINA SWC Doha Day 1: Winner, Women’s 200m Butterfly

Katinka Hosszu:

“I am trying to keep the right balance. I am happy to win this race too. My message for young swimmers is to enjoy your swimming.”

FINA SWC Doha Day 1: Winner, Men’s 100m Butterfly

Michael Andrew:

“Absolutely, I enjoyed the race, it’s an outstanding pool. I have also collected points with the win so I am happy.”

 FINA SWC Doha Day 1: Winner, Women’s 200m Backstroke

Yuliya Efimova:

“I am happy with my performance in this race. I stayed focus to win this difficult race.”

 FINA SWC Doha Day 1: Winner, Men’s 100m Breaststroke

Felipe Lima:

“It is my first victory in Doha and I am delighted to achieve that. I did what I planned and I am looking for some more victories in the season.”

FINA SWC Doha Day 1: Winner, Women’s 50m Freestyle

Sarah Sjostrom:

“I was expecting this victory. I am happy to continue winning this event and I am looking for some more victories in Doha.

FINA SWC Doha Day 1: Winner, Men’s 50m Freestyle

Vladimir Morozov:

I am targeting at least two more victories in the meet. Two, overall will secure the Cluster 1 victory for me which I am looking forward to.”