Saturday, 15 September 2018 12:36

FINA Swimming World Cup 2018: Govorov wins 50m butterfly heats as Le Clos returns to action

Qatari swimmer Abdulaziz Al Obaidly qualifies for 100m breaststroke final as the top athletes look to finish Doha stop on a high note  

Doha (QAT), 15.09.2018: Ukraine’s Andrii Govorov secured victory in the men’s 50m butterfly heats in the FINA Swimming World Cup 2018 Doha edition, with the South African swimming legend Chad Le Clos also qualifying for the final on his return to action at the Hamad Aquatic Centre.    

Govorov, a World record holder and World Cup record holder in the event, swam 23.11 and came first in the heats, on the third and last day of the competition.    

American swimmer Michael Andrew (23.47) and Jesse Puts of the Netherlands finished in second and third positions respectively. Russia’s Vladimir Morozov clocked 24.09 and finished 5th to enter the final of the 50m butterfly event.

Le Clos, who missed action on the first two days due to fever, sailed into the final after marking a time of 24.33. Qatar’s Noah Al Khulaifi also recorded an impressive time of 25.72 and finished 12th.  

World junior champion Andrew topped the men’s 100m breaststroke with a time of 56.97, followed by Australia’s Mitchell Larkin (57.32) and Morozov (58.41).

Promising Qatari swimmer Abdulaziz Al Obaidly also qualified for the final of the 100m breaststroke event after finishing 7th in 1:04.92.

The men's 200m freestyle heats was won by Kyle Stolk of the Netherlands in 1:50.45 after beating Belgium’s Lorenz Weirmans, who clocked 1:50.58 claiming second place.

America’s Blake Pieroni, who set a new World Cup record in Doha in the men’s 100m freestyle event on the second day, was third with a time of 1:54.33.

Le Clos failed to qualify for the final with a time of 2:01.06, and was put among the reserves as he came 10th.

Russia’s Anton Chupkov marked the best time in the men's 200m breaststroke heats, taking 2:13.18 to complete the distance.

Another Russian swimmer Kirill Prigoda came second with a time of 2:13.45, while Dutchman Arno Kamminga was third after clocking 2:13.71.

In the women's 100m freestyle heats, Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands finished first with a time of 55.10, while her teammate Kira Toussiant (55.55) finished second.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, who will be looking to seal the first cluster victory after evening finals, was third with a time of 55.58.

The last day of the FINA Swimming World Cup 2018 Doha edition will also decide the 12 titles, after which the cluster winners will be announced.