PR 64 - Thiago Pereira (BRA) and Julia Smit (USA) shine in Singapore
Thiago Pereira (BRA) was the most successful swimmer in the third leg of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2010, held in Singapore (SIN) on October 16-17, by winning four events – men’s 200m butterfly and the three medley (100m, 200m and 400m) events -, by being for the third consecutive time the best performer of the meet, and by reinforcing his lead of the overall ranking of the competition.
Like in Rio de Janeiro (BRA) and Beijing (CHN), Pereira’s best performance was achieved in the 200m individual medley, this time in 1:53.45 (950 FINA points) – he had a better time at home, with 1:52.72. Brazil won two more gold medals, thanks to Lucas Kanieski (1500m free in 14:45.65) and Guilherme Guido (100m back in 51.16). South Africa was also in evidence, with four titles among men (two for Cameron van der Burgh, and one each for Darian Townsend, now the runner-up in the overall ranking, and for Roland Schoeman). Germany, Australia, Switzerland, USA, Russia and Japan were the other countries with gold medallists in Singapore.
Among women, the team of United States dominated the operations, with seven victories – among them, three for Julia Smit in the medley events. Smit is ranked second in the overall classification, behind Therese Alshammar (SWE), who was the best performer in Singapore (100m fly in 56.32 – 933 FINA points).
By winning the 50m free in 23.98, Hinkelien Schreuder (NED) entered now in the top-3 of the overall ranking, while Australian revelations Kotuku Ngawati (100m free) and Rachel Goh (50m back) were in good shape in Singapore. China, New Zealand, South Africa and Japan completed the list of countries with champions in this third leg of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup.