Friday, 14 September 2018 23:13

FINA Swimming World Cup 2018: Sjostrom and Pieroni set new World Cup records in Doha

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Qatari swimmers impress on the second day; Hosszu bags two more gold medals

Doha (QAT), 14.09.2018: Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom and American swimmer Blake Pieroni were the stars on the second day of FINA Swimming World Cup 2018 Doha edition, as they set new World Cup records in front of a full house at Hamad Aquatic Centre.

Promising Qatari swimmers also impressed against world’s best athletes while Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu also continued with her brilliant performances in Doha.

Sjostrom marked new World Cup record in women’s 50m butterfly, improving her own Kazan performance, clocking 25.22. In Kazan last week, she recorded a time of 25.39.

“I am very happy that I could improve my time from Kazan. My only goal is to keep improving. I wanted to go under 25 today but it’s okay, and I am satisfied,” said Sjostrom.

It was the second gold medal of the day for the Swedish swimmer as she also clinched the 200m freestyle title with a time of 1:56.32.

Pieroni was also very fast on his way to breaking Chad Le Clos’ 100m freestyle World Cup record. The American swimmer clocked 48.11 to win the race. Top South African swimmer held the previous record of 48.16 in Moscow in August 2015.

“It’s the second fastest time of my life. I am super happy. It’s definitely one of my favourite events and I really enjoyed my time in Doha,” said the American swimmer.

Russia’s Vladimir Morozov (48.43), and Belgium’s Pieter Timmers (49.04) finished second and third respectively.

Hosszu claimed four more medals including two gold medals, a silver medal and a bronze medal. She now has four gold medals in the Doha stop.

The Hungarian swimmer won the women’s 400m individual medley, and women’s 100m backstroke titles besides finishing third in women’s 200m freestyle. Hosszu was also in the last event of the day, the mixed 4x100m freestyle with her Hungarian team, securing a silver medal.

“I am very happy with my times in Doha. I am enjoying my medal winning performances. I am thankful to the fans here who are giving me energy,” Hosszu, who now has four gold medals in the Doha meeting, said.  

In the men’s 1500m freestyle, Spain’s Marcos Gil Corbacho was the winner with a time of 15:28.19, along with his teammate Ferran Julia Tous (15:42.84), and China’s Lin Zheqi 15:57.24 finishing on second and third positions respectively.

Promising Qatari swimmer Salah Kareem Salama was also impressed with his performance in the tough middle distance race, grabbing 6th position with a time of 17:31.34.

Australia’s Mitchell Larkin was the winner in men’s 200m Individual Medley with a time of 1:59.14. Ecuador’s Tomas Peribonio, who won the heats in the morning, earned second spot with a time of 2:00.40, while Russia’s Kirill Prigoda took bronze with a time of 2:03.47.

The young talented Qatari swimmer Abdulaziz Al Obaidly finished the star-studded race on a respectable 7th position with a time of 2:13.86.

Another highlight of the day was Michael Andrew’s triumph in men’s 50m backstroke, in which the American swimmer clocked 24.49 beating Morozov, who finished second with a time of 24.79. Larkin was third with a time of 25.15.

The three-day event will conclude on September 15 with 12 more finals scheduled for the last day. The Cluster 1 winners will also be announced after the evening’s finals.  

FINALS RESULTS

1 - Women’s 400m Individual Medley

Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 4:39.57

Zsuzsanna Jakabos (HUN) 4:44.87

Alba Vazquez Ruiz (ESP) 4:48.68

2 - Men’s 1500m Freestyle

Marcos Gil Corbacho (ESP) 15:28.19

Ferran Julia Tous (ESP) 0.66 15:42.84

Lin Zheqi (CHN) 0.65 15:57.24

3 - Men’s 50m Backstroke

Michael Andrew (USA) 24.49

Vladmir Morozov (RUS) 24.79

Mitchell Larkin (AUS) 25.15

4 - Women’s 200m Freestyle

Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) 1:56.32

Femke Heemskerk (NED) 1:56.92

Katinka Hosszu 2:00.16

5 - Men’s 200m Individual Medley

Mitchell Larkin (AUS) 1:59.14

Tomas Peribonio (ECU) 2:00.40

Kirill Prigoda (RUS) 2:03.47

6 - Women’s 100m Backstroke

Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 59.63

Kira Toussaint (NED) 1:00.05

Tamara Molina (ESP) 1:02.47

Yuru Jiang (CHN) 1:02.47

7 - Men’s 50m Breaststroke

Felipe Lima (BRA) 26.84

Michael Andrew (USA) 0.69 27.47 843

Kirill Prigoda (RUS) 27.60

8 - Women’s 50m Butterfly

Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) 25.22

Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) 25.76

Kimberly Buys (BEL) 25.94

9 – Men’s 100m Freestyle

Blake Pieroni (USA) 48.11

Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 48.43

Pieter Timmers (BEL) 49.04

10 – Women’s 100m Breaststroke

1. Yuliya Efimova (RUS) 1:06.27

2. Vitalina Simonova (RUS) 1:07.90

3. Sishi Zhang (CHN) 1:10.35

11 – Men’s 200m Butterfly

1. Maksym Shemberev (AZE) 1:58.45

2. David Verraszto (HUN) 1:58.70

3. Yuhang Wu (CHN) 1:59.81

12 – Mixed 4x100m Freestyle

1. Netherlands (Kyle Stolk, Jesse Puts, Femke Heemskerk, Ranomi Kromowidjojo) 3:30.81

2. Hungary (Daniel Dudas, David Verraszto, Zsusanna Jakabos, Katinka Hosszu) 3:37.71

3. China (Zheqi Lin, Yuhang Wu, Xinyu Li, Sishi Zhang) 3:40.76.

FLASH QUOTES:

FINA SWC Doha Day 2: Winner, Women’s 400m Individual Medley

Katinka Hosszu:

“Fans are giving me energy. I thank all my fans in Doha who always support me. I am enjoying the competition here. Hopefully, I will win more titles here.”    

FINA SWC Doha Day 2: Winner, Men’s 50m Backstroke

Michael Andrew:

I am very happy. I wanted to swim fast and I did that. I am satisfied with my performance. It’s just the start of the World Cup and I am happy with my start.

FINA SWC Doha Day 2: Winner, Women’s 200m Freestyle

Sarah Sjostrom:

“I am very happy with the race. Good fans, great atmosphere. I will focus on my next race of the day.”  

FINA SWC Doha Day 2: Winner, Men’s 200m Individual Medley

Mitchell Larkin:

“I gave my best for this tough race and I am happy to achieve the victory. I am trying hard in the World Cup and this win will give me confidence. I will head home after this leg.”    

FINA SWC Doha Day 2: Winner, Women’s 100m Backstroke

Katinka Hosszu:

“I am very happy with my time in this victory. I am enjoying my medal winning performances. The gold medal in Rio (Olympics) is my best achievement.”  

FINA SWC Doha Day 2: Winner, Men’s 50m Breaststroke

Felipe Lima:

“It was the best time for me this season. I was a good time and I am very happy to win my second gold medal here in Doha.”  

FINA SWC Doha Day 2: Winner, Women’s 50m Butterfly

Sarah Sjostrom:

I am very happy that I could improve my time from Kazan. My only goal is to keep improving. I wanted to go under 25 today but it’s ok.

FINA SWC Doha Day 2: Winner, Men’s 100m Freestyle

Blake Pieroni:

“It’s second fastest time of my life. I’ am super happy. It’s definitely one of my favourites events and I really enjoyed my run in Doha.