Saturday, 15 September 2018 22:15

FINA Swimming World Cup 2018: Sjostrom and Chupkov seal Cluster 1 wins in Doha

 

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Three new World Cup records mark the end of the event; Hosszu bags 3 more gold medals

Doha (QAT), 15.09.2018: Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom and Russia’s Anton Chupkov secured Cluster 1 victories as FINA Swimming World Cup 2018 Doha edition concluded at Hamad Aquatic Centre on September 15.

Three more World Cup records were set on the last day as Qatar, the host for FINA World Championships 2023, successfully wrapped up the Doha stop for 7th consecutive year.

Katinka Hosszu’s three gold medals were the other highlight of the last day, especially with a lot of fans that showed up, what a great way to finish the event.

Hungary’s David Verraszto from Hungary set the first World Cup record of the day, racing to victory in men’s 400m Individual Medley, clocking 4.13:44. He beat his own record of 4:14.89 at the FINA Swimming World Cup in his hometown in 2015.      

“I never expected that time, and I am very happy with the result. Redemption was on my mind in the last 50 meters because I lost the last race,” said Verraszto.    

Azerbaijan’s Maksym Shemberev clocked 4:13.61 and claimed second place, while Ecuador’s Tomas Peribonto was third with a time of 4:17.02.

Qatari swimmer Mohamed Mahmoud finished on a creditable 5th place in the event with a time of 5:04.08, while the other Qatari swimmer Omar Ashraf clocked 5:16.34.

Sjostrom beat her own Kazan record in the Women’s 100m Butterfly event, marking 56.46 to win the title. In Kazan, she finished with 57.42.

The Swedish star then claimed victory in the Women’s 100m Freestyle event in 43.13 for her 5th gold medal in Doha.

“I was targeting to be faster in Doha, than in Kazan and I am happy that I have achieved that,” said Sjostrom.

“It was very busy, the last couple of weeks, 10 gold medals in two legs, I am very happy,” she added.

Ukraine’s Andrii Govorov beat his own record to win the Men’s 50m Butterfly event with a time of 22.82, for the third World Cup record of the day. He beat his record time of 22.87 in Kazan.

“It’s nice to increase your times from cluster to cluster. I am really excited to be here and race fast. The next thing for me is to work towards long course World Championships,” said the Ukrainian swimmer.

South African star Chad Le Clos, returning to action after missing out on the first two days, came 5th in the event with a time of 23.80.  

Chupkov’s gold medal in the Men’s 200m Breaststroke event was enough to give him victory in the first cluster. He swam with a time of 2:08.77.

“The race was very difficult and I think I did well. I enjoyed first Cluster and swimming in Qatar. Thank you Doha for your hospitality,” said the Russian swimmer.

Hosszu finished the Doha meet as the most decorated swimmer, winning a total of 7 gold and 3 bronze medals. ‘The Iron Lady’ also claimed 1 silver and 1 bronze medal in team events.      

The 29-year-old clinched her first gold medal last night by winning the women’s 800m freestyle, racing to victory with a time of 8:34.58.

“Twelve seconds faster than in Kazan, I’m really happy with the drop in time… and hopefully it didn’t really take too much out of me,” she said.

The Hungarian swimmer then claimed the Women’s 200m Backstroke and 200m Individual Medley event titles to complete her set of 7 gold medals.

Aussie’s Mitchell Larkin also secured a gold medal on the last day by winning the men’s 100m backstroke, clocking 53.68.

America’s Michael Andrew (54.11), and Russia’s Vladimir Morozov (55.07) were second and third respectively. Qatari swimmer Abdulaziz Al Obaidly finished 6th with a creditable time of 1:01.87.

Swimmers will return to action in the third stop of the FINA Swimming World Cup 2018, which will be held in Eindhoven, Netherlands from September 28 to 30. All the remaining five stops will feature short course events.

RESULTS:

1 - Men’s 400m Individual Medley

David Verraszto (HUN) 4:13.44

Maksym Shemberev (AZE) 4:13.61

Tomas Peribonto (ECU) 4:17.02

2 - Women’s 800m Freestyle

Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 8:34.58

Chanzhen Zhou (CHN) 8:35.67

Andrea Zapatero (ESP) 8:43.99

3 - Women’s 100m Butterfly

Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) 56.46

Kimberly Buys (BEL) 58.23

Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) 59.40

4 - Men’s 50m Butterfly

Andrii Govorov (UKR) 22.82

Michael Andrew (USA) 23.21

Ryan Coetzee (RSA) 23.54

5 - Women’s 200m Backstroke

Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 2:11.00

Kira Toussaint (NED) 2:13.24

Yuru Jiang (CHN) 2:14.54

6 - Men’s 100m Backstroke

Mitchell Larkin (AUS) 53.68

Michael Andrew (USA) 54.11

Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 55.07

7 – Women’s 50m Breaststroke

Yuliya Efimova (RUS) 30.43

Vitalina Simonova (RUS) 32.01

Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 32.81

8 – Men’s 200m Breaststroke

Anton Chupkov (RUS) 2:08.77

Arno Kamminga (NED) 2:11.21

Kirill Prigoda (RUS) 2:11.61

9 – Women’s 100m Freestyle

Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) 53.13

Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) 53.29

Femke Heemskerk (NED)

10 - Men’s 200m Freestyle

Blake Pieroni (USA) 1:47.20

Kyle Stolk (NED) 0.70 1:49.45

Lorenz Weiremans (BEL) 1:49.68

11 - Women's 200m Individual Medley

Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 2:11.57

Yuliya Efimova (RUS) 2:13.60

Sishi Zhang (CHN) 2:14.23

12 – Mixed Medley 4x100

Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay

The Netherlands (Kira Toussaint, Arno Kamminga, Mathys Goosen, Femke Heemskerk) 3:49.18

China 9Yuru Jiang, Zhihao Zhang, Sishi Zhang, Zheqi Lin) 3:58.36

Hungary (Katinka Hosszu, David Verraszto, Daniel Dudas, Zsuzsanna Jakabos) 3:59.43

FLASH QUOTES:

FINA SWC Doha Day 3: Winner, Men’s 400m Individual Medley

David Verraszto:

“I never expected that time, and I am very happy with the result. Revenge, was in my mind in the last 50 meters because I lost the last race. I love the World Cup.”  

FINA SWC Doha Day 3: Winner, Women’s 800m Freestyle

Katinka Hosszu:

“Twelve seconds faster than in Kazan, I’m really happy with the drop in time… and hopefully it didn’t really take too much out of me. Lot of Hungarian fans cheering for you here as well… Yes, thank you. I am really excited for the relay ahead as well”

FINA SWC Doha Day 3: Winner, Women’s 100m Butterfly

Sarah Sjostrom:

“I am very much happy because I was a lot faster than a few days ago in Russia. I couldn’t be happier. I was targeting to be fastest in Doha, than in Kazan and I am happy that I have achieved that.”

FINA SWC Doha Day 3: Winner, Men’s 50m Butterfly

Andrii Govorov:

“It’s nice to increase your times from cluster to cluster. I’ve been really excited to be here and race fast. Next for me is to work towards long course world championships. Thank you Qatar. It’s really felt nice to have been welcomed here”

FINA SWC Doha Day 3: Winner, Men’s 100m Backstroke

Mitchell Larkin:

“Fantastic to finish with a gold tonight. Doha’s been really nice. Now I have a chance for a little break before training again and then the next Cluster. And of course, we gonna have some celebration tonight.”

FINA SWC Doha Day 3: Winner, Men’s 200m Breaststroke

Anton Chupkov:

“The race was very difficult and I think I did well. I enjoyed the cluster and racing in Qatar. Thank you, Doha.”

FINA SWC Doha Day 3: Winner, Women’s 100m Freestyle

Sarah Sjostrom:

“It was very busy the last couple of weeks, 10 gold medals in two legs, I am very happy. I will go back home, and have rest before preparing for the short course.”    

FINA SWC Doha Day 3: Winner, Men’s 200m Freestyle

Blake Pieroni:

“I am happy to finish the first cluster with a gold. This is my first World Cup so I didn’t expect much but I am happy what I’ve achieved so far.”