SWC 2014, Dubai Day 2: Hosszu sets two WRs and claims a record 8 wins
Mission accomplished for Hungarian Katinka Hosszu who claimed four more victories today for an overall tally of eight gold and one bronze medal. It is a premiere at a FINA Swimming World Cup meet that a swimmers registers so many wins in a single stage. Moreover, Hosszu smashed her eleventh World record in the heats in the women's 100m IM in 56.86 (she clocked 57.75 in the final). Hosszu becomes the first woman to go under 57 seconds.
Still in the heats, Hosszu equalled in the women's 100m backstroke her European record set in Doha in 55.38, 15 hundredths of a second slower than Sakai's World record (55.23 in 2009 in Berlin) before settling for a time of 55.77 in the final.
In the women's 400m IM (4:22.06) and 200m butterfly (2:04.68), Hosszu once again showed her dominance by holding largely at bay the rest of the field. She earned a ninth medal in the women's 50m butterfly where she took third in 26.14. Leaving Dubai, Hosszu totals 86 World Cup victories from 2012 and 2014.
Chad Le Clos and Inge Dekker double the lead
Taking out the women's 50m butterfly was Dutch Inge Dekker, impressive with a 24.59, only 21 hundredths of a second slower than unforgettable Swedish Alshammar's World record (24.38 in 2009 in Singapore). Fourth victory for the Dutch swimmer in the women's 100m freestyle, where she almost went under 52 seconds. Dekker eventually touched home in 52.01 ahead of Australian Marieke D’Cruz Guehrer (53.03).
Chad Le Clos (RSA) was the man of this Day 2, sweeping brilliantly two events: the men's 100m butterfly (48.59) and 200m IM (1:51.56). Le Clos missed by only 11 hundredths of a second the World record in the 100m butterfly owned by Russia's Korotyshkin, despite clocking 22.64 at the 50m mark (24 hundredths of a second faster than the Russian's 22.88).
Men's 200m IM podium in Dubai - credit: Giorgio Scala/Deepbluemedia
Le Clos can comfort with a new continental record and a fourth consecutive win in Dubai in this event since the 2011 edition. With four more golds in Dubai, the South African totals 60 World Cup victories, following closely behind compatriot Roland Schoeman (61 victories).
U.S. Thomas Shields did not disappoint in the men's 100m butterfly with a second-place finish in 49.00, not far from his continental record of 48.80. Like in Doha, Daniel Guyrta (HUN) picked up a double victory in the men's 100m and 200m breaststroke: clocking 57.11, he edged again serious rivals like Fabio Scozzoli (ITA, 57.40) and Marco Koch (GER, 57.42). Another double victory in breaststroke events was that of Jamaica's Alia Atkinson in the 50m and 100m: Atkinson swam the heats and final under 29.20, in 29.15 and 29.12, respectively. The 200m breaststroke gold went to U.S. Breeja Larson, who posted 2:20.02.
Thomas Fraser-Holmes and Christian Diener confirm ambitions
The duel in the men's 200m freestyle played out between Commonwealth and Pan Pacific champion Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS) and European champion Velimir Stjepanovic (SRB): the Australian was faster in 1:42.54, less than a second slower than his winning time in Doha (1 :41.92).
The men's 50m backstroke also featured a close finish with U.S. Eugene Godsoe (23.00) winning by a fingernail ahead of Christian Diener (GER, 23.40) while the winner of the 2013 edition, Robert Hurley (AUS), clocked 23.41 for the bronze. In the men's 200m backstroke, Diener bounced back to win in 1:49.14, better than in Doha (1:50.20).
In the men's 1500m freestyle, Hungary's Gergo Kiss took first in 14:53.06 ahead of compatriot David Verraszto (14:54.69) and Tunisia's Ahmed Mathlouthi (14:58.97). Once more, the winner swam slower than in Doha (14:50.24).
Mireia Belmonte (ESP) - credit: Giorgio Scala/Deepbluemedia
World record holder in the distance Mireia Belmonte (ESP) took out the women's 400m freestyle in 4:02.05 with a performance inferior to that in Doha (4:00.91), the silver went to Julia Hassler (LIE) in 4:03.73. American sprinter Josh Schneider repeated his victory in the men's 50m freestyle, posting 21.11 ahead of George Bovell (TRI, 21.31) and Finnish Ari-Pekka Lukkonen (21.39), who claimed a bronze at the latest European championships in Berlin.
In all, performances by the winners in 23 individual events out of 34 were better in Dubai than in the inaugural Doha leg. As for the World record, both Doha and Dubai witnessed record-breaking feats with three World records set at each meet.
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