Friday, 14 September 2018 13:40

FINA Swimming World Cup 2018: Sjostrom and Andrew record two wins each in the heats on the second day in Doha

Doha (QAT), 14.09.2018: Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom and American swimmer Michael Andrew were the most successful athletes in the heats on the second day of FINA Swimming World Cup 2018 Doha edition, registering two victories each at the Hamad Aquatic Centre.    

Sjostrom claimed her first win in the women’s 200m freestyle heats after clocking 2:02.02. Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands came second with a time of 2:02:22 while Hungary’s Zsuzsanna Jakabos (2:04.28) and Katinka Hosszu (2:04.36) finished in third and fourth positions respectively.

Sjostrom, who won women’s 50m freestyle gold on the opening day in Doha, then secured victory in the women's 50m butterfly heats with a time of 25.67, aiming to win two gold medals in the evening’s finals.

Then Dutch pair Kim Busch (26.45) and Ranomi Kromowidjojo (26.49) finished second and third respectively in the event.

Hosszu failed to qualify at a time of 29.27, which was not enough to confirm her place in the final.    

Andrew, meanwhile, captured his first heats win of the second day in men’s 50m backstroke, taking 24.73 to finish the race. Jesse Puts of the Netherlands (25.84) and Australia’s Mitchell Larkin (25.86) grabbed second and third positions respectively.

Russia’s top swimmer Vladimir Morozov, who broke the World Cup record in the same event in Kazan, will also compete in the final, even though he finished fourth this time in the morning heats with a time of 25.99.

Andrew registered his second victory of the morning in men’s 50m breaststroke, completing the race in 27.29.

Brazil’s Felipe Lima, who sealed men’s 100m breaststroke gold medal on the first day, was second with a time of 28.24, while Russia’s Kirill Prigoda finished third with a time of 28.24.

In men’s 200m individual medley heats, Tomas Peribonio Avila of Ecuador was the winner after clocking 2:01.40, with Russia’s Anton Chupkov (2:03.07) and Hungary’s David Verraszto (2:03.46) taking the next two positions respectively.

Prigoda and Australia’s Mitchell Larkin also qualified for the final of the event.

Belgium’s Pieter Timmers qualified for men’s 100m freestyle after topping the event’s heats with a time of 49.30, followed by America’s Blake Pieroni (49.66), and Kyle Stolk (50.37) of the Netherlands.

Morozov also entered the final after taking 50.86 to finish the heat for the 100m freestyle event.

Finals of the women's 400m medley, men's 1500m freestyle, women's 100m backstroke, women's 100m breaststroke and mixed freestyle 4x100m will also take place in the evening.