SWC 2012, Beijing day 1: Ye Shiwen swims blistering time in 200m IM
November 2, 2012 BEIJING - Two-time Olympic champion Ye Shiwen from China won the women's 200m individual medley, touching home 0.09 seconds shy of the meet record on day 1 at the sixth stop of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup, taking place in Beijing's Water Cube from November 2-3.
Ye, 16, who stunned the world by claiming both the 200m and 400m medley golds at the London Olympic Games and breaking the world record in the 200m medley, stormed in 2:06.10. The current meet record is held by Evelyn Verraszto of Hungary, who set it in Moscow on November 2, 2009.
"It's a pity that I missed the meet record. My time was a little bit slower than my expectation. But it is OK; I am just coming back from a Kunming high land training camp. I am not in my best shape," Ye said.
Zsuzsanna Jakabos and Katinka Hosszu of Hungary came second (2:08.22) and third (2:08.35), respectively.
Hosszu, number one so far in the World Cup women's ranking, won the women's 800m freestyle in 8:21.49; she was also fourth in the 200m free in 1:55.25, and seventh in the 200m back in 2:09.86.
"I'm not here for money or rankings. I feel really tired, but I wanted to do something different, so I decided to do my best in every event," Hosszu said.
Among the other Chinese to medal at home were teenager Shao Yiwen in the women's 200m free, who won the gold in 1:55.13; Yang Zhixian, winner of the men's 400m IM in 4:05.62; Fan Yin took out the women's 50m free in 24.47 and Zhou Yanxin swept the women's 200m back in 2:04.81.
Australia was the second most successful nation in Beijing with four gold medals. New Zealand pocketed two while the Netherlands, Hungary, Russia, Japan, Kenya and the United States claimed one each.
It was an all-Australian podium in the men's 100m free with Tomasso D'Orsogna, Cameron McEvoy and Kenneth To taking 1-2-3 with respective times of 47.06, 47.41, and 47.50. To also added one more gold from the 100m IM in 51.58. Among women, Sarah Katsoulis and Sally Forster finished 1-2 in the 100m breast in 1:05.30 and 1:05.97, respectively.
Glenn Snyders of New Zealand was the fastest in the men's 50m breaststroke in 26.64 while his compatriot Matthew Stanley captured the gold in the men's 400m free in 3:40.74.
Dutch Inge Dekker emerged victorious in the women's 100m fly in 57.62 while 2008 Olympic champion in the 200m butterfly Liu Zige (CHN) placed fifth in 58.87.
Russian Stanislav Donets triumphed in the men's 100m back in 50.07; Rachel Goh of Australia won the women's 50m back 26.66; Kazuya Keneda of Japan took out the men's 200m fly in 1:51.22; American Sean Mahoney swept the men's 200m breast in 2:06.38 while Jason Dunford from Kenya powered home for the win in the men's 50m fly, clocking in 23.14.
In the mixed 4X50m medley relay, team China took first (Cheng Feiyi, Li Xiayan, Liu Zige and Tang Yi) in 1:43.04.