SWC 2012, Moscow day 2: Hosszu and Donets leave strong impression
October 18, 2012 MOSCOW - The second day of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup in Moscow wrapped up with nice performances. Daiya Seto (JPN) won comfortably the men's 1500m free in 15:03.02. Anton Goncharov (UKR) and Mauricio Fiol Villanueva (PER) finished second and third, respectively.
Jessica Hardy (USA) got her first medal of the day in the 100m free, where she finished second (53.74) behind Britta Steffen (GER, 52.92). She then proceeded to capture the gold, only a few minutes later, in the 50m breast (30.29).
Darian Townsend (RSA, 1:44.26) was too strong for Paul Biedermann (GER) in the men's 200m free, who had a good start in the race. The German and Australia's Tommasso D’Orsogna shared the podium for second (1:44.49).
Sergey Geibel's (RUS) effort was not enough to match that of Fabio Scozzoli from Italy, who touched first both in the men's 50m and 100m breaststroke (26.51 and 58.32, respectively). Geibel took a respective second and third spot in the two races. Glenn Snyders (NZL, 27.00) and Biaorong Gu (CHN, 58.72) completed the podium.
The first host swimmer to celebrate victory was Olympic silver medallist Evgeny Korotyshkin. According to his words, his Olympic performance gave him a lot of confidence and it assuredly showed in Moscow, when he snatched gold in the men's 100m butterfly (50.56).
Russia's Stanislav Donets claimed the gold in the men's 50m backstroke, clocking a swift 23.31.
After the race, Stanislav Donets said: "I am satisfied with the result, as I was able to improve my time. Unfortunately, I made a small mistake at the turn, but I still had a pretty good time. It was harder to swim today as the home crowd, that saw me winning yesterday, expected another victory today. I did not want to let them down."
With already two golds on day 1, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) triumphed in the women's 400m IM (4:30.14), 200m fly (2:05.77), a remarkable feat knowing that these are the hardest women's events to swim. On top of that, Hosszu also swam the 400m free and 100m IM finals.
Evgeny Korotyshkin (RUS) - credit: Alex Vilf
The women's 400m free start was a strong and quite unexpected one, with Russian Elena Sokolova in the lead. After 300m, she was one body-length ahead of the rest of the field, but Leah Smith (USA) and Melissa Ingram (AUS) were trailing her. Sokolova's strategy during the race was successful and she touched the wall first in 4:04.83.
Hosszu took a disappointing eight place but that was only to bounce back in her next and last race, the 100 IM, where she captured gold in 59.69.
"I am very happy with my results today except the freestyle race, but I hope that I will be better in Berlin. It is very hard to take part in so many events; however this is a part of my training for the World [short-course] championships," said Hosszu.
The impressive victory of Inge Dekker (NED, 25.65) in the women's 50m fly concluded the individual events of the Moscow World Cup.