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SWC 2014, Doha Day 2: Two more WR for Katinka “turbo” Hosszu

Swimming World Cup

The first leg of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup 2014 concluded in Doha (QAT) on August 28 with more of Katinka Hosszu’s outstanding performances. In the second and final day of the meet, the Hungarian great added five more medals to her tally, for a total of 10 podium presences in the capital of Qatar. The latest successes of Hosszu included the gold in the 100m and 400m individual medley, 100m backstroke, silver in the 200m butterfly and bronze in the 50m butterfly.

After a WR on Day 1 in the 200m IM, the Magyar star imposed once more her supremacy in the medley events, winning the 400m in a new World Record time of 4:20.83 and the 100m in 57.34, a bit slower than the world best mark set in the heats, with a 57.25 effort. Both performances improved Hosszu World Records in these events, established in the 2013 edition of the series.


Katinka Hosszu (HUN) - Photo credit: G. Scala/Deepbluemedia


Despite looking tired after the 400m IM brilliant result, she managed to win the 100m backstroke in 56.02, but the two next races of the Hungarian athlete were more painful. Both times in direct duel with Mireia Belmonte, from Spain, Hosszu got the silver in the 200m butterfly behind the Spaniard, while things got worse in the 400m free: Belmonte earned another gold, while, on a training pace – certainly preparing the 100m IM race -, the Magyar finished sixth.

After a good start in the shortest of the medley events, Katinka Hosszu touched home a bit slower than in the preliminaries, when she clocked 57.25 for a new World Record. Her afternoon result of 57.34 is nonetheless faster than her previous WR coming to Doha (57.45, established in 2013). To complete her successful harvest in Doha, Hosszu was still strong enough to collect a bronze medal in the 50m butterfly!


Mireia Belmonte (ESP) - Photo credit: G. Scala/Deepbluemedia

Going to Dubai (UAE), the second stop of the series, Hosszu accumulates already three World Records and 10 podium presences, including seven gold medals. The winner of the 2012 and 2013 editions of the World Cup is naturally aiming at the hat-trick and is the comfortable leader of the overall ranking, with 189 points.

“The World Cup is a great opportunity for swimmers to make money and compete at the same time. Athletes get forgotten between the Olympics and the World Cup is a great opportunity to keep competing”, said Hosszu after her two-day performances in Doha.

“A lot of people ask me if I’m afraid of burning out but I’m OK. As long as I like what I do, I’ll keep doing it. That’s all that matters”, she also considered. “This is my third year here and I’ve seen more Hungarian supporters in the stands. They come out to cheer and that’s great”, she concluded.

Besides Hosszu, the women’s field was highlighted by two more victories of Inge Dekker (NED), in the 100m free and 50m butterfly, totalling four triumphs for the Dutch swimmer in Doha. Belmonte was also in good shape, getting three gold medals, the above mentioned two against Hosszu and the victory on Day 1 in the 800m free. Finally, Alia Atkinson (JAM) got a second win on Day 2, this time in the 50m breaststroke, after also earning gold in the 100m in the initial day of the event.


Inge Dekker (NED) - Photo credit: G. Scala/Deepbluemedia

Among men, things are pretty more balanced, with the provisional lead of the ranking being occupied by Chad Le Clos (RSA), the 2013 champion. He concluded his presence in Doha with a thrilling victory in the 100m butterfly, after defeating Tom Shields (USA) by a short margin: 48.70 for Le Clos, 49.23 for the North American swimmer. The South African star had won two events on Day 1 and was the second best performer of the meet, after the World Cup performance of Daniel Gyurta (HUN) in the 200m breaststroke on August 27 (the Magyar was also the winner in the 100m).

“I wanted to try for the World Record, but it was really hard. I’ll try it in Dubai!” confessed Chad Le Clos after the 100m butterfly race. “With big races like this, it’s about getting results and points. This is a great venue and I look forward to competing here in December”, he noted.

The highest number of victories (four) in Doha went to Thomas Fraser-Holmes, from Australia. On the second day of the meet, he was the fastest in the 200m free and 200m IM, after being already the best in the 400m free and 400m IM on Day 1. The last swimmer with more than one gold in Doha was Germany’s Christian Diener, with victories in the 100m and 200m backstroke.


Chad Le Clos (RSA) - Photo credit: G. Scala/Deepbluemedia

Before the second leg of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup 2014 in Dubai (UAE) on August 31 – September 1, the provisional top-3 best of the overall ranking of the competition are:

Men

1.    Chad Le Clos (RSA), 54 points
2.    Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS), 48 points
3.    Daniel Gyurta (HUN), 48 points

Women
1.    Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 189 points
2.    Inge Dekker (NED), 60 points
3.    Mireia Belmonte (ESP), 45 points