FINA Swimming World Cup
Launched in 1979, the FINA Swimming World Cup gathers world-class swimmers in a series of two-day meets organised between August and November each year.
Across seven or eight locations, the circuit is structured in clusters (Middle East, Europe and Asia) and distributes a total of prize money reaching US$ 2 million.
A total 36 events are on the competition programme, including two mixed relays.
FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup 2014
|August 27-28||Doha (QAT)
|August 31 - September 1
||Hong Kong (HKG)
|October 4-5||Moscow (RUS)|
|November 1-2||Singapore (SIN)
SWC 2013, Doha Day 1: WR for France in mixed medley, double for Hosszu, Le Clos and Schoeman
The fifth stage of the FINA Swimming World Cup 2013, taking place in Doha (QAT) from October 20-21, featured a high level of competition with nine Olympic champions or medallists in individual events from the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, 13 World champions long course (2013) and short course (2012), and five short-course record holders. In comparison to the first Doha edition in 2012, participation has raised noticeably with the presence of 197 swimmers from 41 countries (there were 115 swimmers from 30 nations last year).
Doha's Hamad Aquatic Center in the Aspire Zone provided the backdrop to the first World record established in the city, set by the French quartet of Jeremy Stravius, Giacomo Perez Dortona, Melanie Henique and Anna Santamans in the mixed 4x50m medley relay, clocking 1:39.54. Doha is the 85th city and Qatar, 31st nation, to register a World record in 25m-pool since the first approval by FINA on March, 3rd 1991. Out of the 41 countries competing, 19 climbed the podium, 13 of them claiming victory. South Africa tops the table with six medals (4 gold, 2 silver). Hungary is second (2 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze) and Australia, third (2 gold , 1 silver, 1 bronze).
SWC 2013, Dubai Day 2: WR for Japan in mixed free relay
The Dubai leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup 2013 concluded in fine style tonight, with Japan taking a World record in the last event on the programme, the mixed 4x50m freestyle relay in 1:32.52. It was the only World record of the meet, and the Japanese team of Shinri Shioura, Sayaka Akase, Kenta Ito and Kanako Watanabe were delighted. "We are very happy" said Shioura, "this is one second faster than in Moscow." Brazil took silver in the relay, in 1:32.95, with China in third in 1:33.72.
Shioura’s gold gave him the box set, after picking up silver in the 4x50m mixed medley relay and bronze in the 50m breaststroke on Day 1. It also made two golds for Sayaka Akase, who took gold in the women’s 100m backstroke tonight in 57.24 ahead of Australia’s Emily Seebohm (57.53) who just edged out Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina in 57.56 in one of the many close finishes of the evening.
SWC 2013, Dubai Day 1: Le Clos rattles WR in 200 fly, Hosszu picks up five medals
One of the biggest crowds seen at a swimming event in Dubai since the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in 2010 flocked to the Hamdan Sports Complex tonight to witness the world’s best swimmers in action, and they did not leave disappointed.
The action kicked off with Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia continuing her winning form from the Moscow leg of the series conducted last weekend, with victory in the 800m freestyle.
SWC 2013, Moscow Day 2: Meilutyte nearly takes down WR in 50m breast, Russia sets first WR in mixed free relay
On day 2 of the third stage of the FINA Swimming World Cup 2013, team Russia set the official mixed 4x50m freestyle relay World record. Rozaliya Nasretdinova, Dmitriy Ermakov, Artem Lobuzov and Maria Reznikova triumphed in 1:33.01 ahead of the teams of Brazil, second in 1:33.43, and Japan, third in 1:33.48. On the WR, Nasretdinova said: “We wanted to beat this record badly. Maybe these seconds are not so solid. But we are the pioneers. And that is cool!”
Another highlight of the day was the women’s 50m breaststroke final. Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) took out the event in a blistering time of 28.89, beating Alia Atkinson (JAM, 29.33) and Dorothea Brandt (GER, 30.35). Local hope Yulia Efimova drew a disqualification.
SWC 2013, Moscow Day 1: Meilutyte sets WR in 100 breast, team Russia in mixed relay
On day 1 of the third leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup 2013, all eyes were set on the new Efimova–Meilutyte duel. At the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Yulia Efimova from Russia claimed two wins (50m and 200m breaststroke) while Ruta Meilutyte from Lithuania emerged victorious in the 100m.
The women’s 100m breaststroke in Moscow was the first race for the two swimmers, meeting this time in 25m pool. But it came out that Efimova didn’t have hunger for revenge.
SWC 2013, Berlin Day 2: Unstoppable Hosszu wins 100 and 400 IM in WR time
Katinka Hosszu proceeded to bag three more gold on day 2 of the FINA Swimming World Cup in Berlin, prevailing in the women's 200m fly, 100m and 400m individual medleys. In the 100m IM morning heats, the Hungarian bettered her own World Record set in Eindhoven, clocking 57.45. In the final, she took out the race in 57.74 (1000 points), besting Emily Seebohm (AUS, 58.76), second, and Alia Atkinson (JAM, 58.77), third.
The women's 400m IM, the podium was exclusively Hungarian with Hosszu touching first in a World Record time of 4:20.85 (1002 points), also a World Cup record. Compatriots Zsuzsanna Jakabos (4:29.42) and Evelyn Verraszto (4:32.97) placed second and third, respectively. Hosszu was also the winner of the women's 200m fly in 2:03.36 (938 points), ahead of Ellen Gandy (AUS, 2:03.79), second and Audrey Lacroix (CAN, 2:04.02), third.
SWC 2013, Berlin Day 1: Belmonte (ESP) smashes WR in 800m, first woman under 8:00.00
The international swimming elite did not disappoint on day 1 of the second leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup, organised in Berlin (GER) from August 10-11. The best race of the night was the women's 800m free with Mireia Belmonte (ESP, lane 7) racing alongside Lauren Boyle (NZL, lane 4) for most of it under World Record pace. The Spanish swimmer touched first in 7:59.34 (1010 points), becoming the first woman to break the 8-minute barrier in the event and setting a new World Record. Boyle took second in 8:02.53 while Lotte Friis (DEN) clocked 8:12.14 for third.
In the men's 100m back, Robert Hurley (AUS) took out the race in 50.01 (937 points), ahead of Radoslaw Kawecki (POL, 50.46) and Mitchell Larkin (AUS, 50.54).
SWC 2013, Eindhoven Day 2: Amazing Hosszu (HUN) sets two WR in the 100m IM
Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu was the swimmer in evidence in the second and final day of the inaugural leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup 2013 held in Eindhoven (NED) from August 7-8. After setting two World Records on Day 1 in the 200m IM, the Magyar champion, winner of the women’s overall ranking of the World Cup in 2012, was once more amazing in the 100m IM, clocking 57.73 in the heats, 0.01 faster than the previous best global mark set by Hinkelien Schreuder (NED) in November 2009. In the final, Hosszu was even better, establishing the new WR in 57.50.
The Magyar versatile swimmer had a brilliant day, triumphing also in the 400m IM in a new World Cup best of 4:22.18, a European record. The previous best performance of the competition had been set by South Africa’s Kathryn Meaklim in November 2009 (4:22.88). The third victory of the session for Hosszu happened in the 200m butterfly when she touched home in 2:03.67.
SWC 2013, Eindhoven Day 1: World Cup debut with four WR
Three days after the conclusion of the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona (ESP) the records continue to fall in the first session of the inaugural leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup, organised in Eindhoven (NED) on August 7-8. In the main annual FINA rendezvous in 25m-pool, some of the stars in the Catalan capital continued to shine: no less than four World and two World Cup records were established in this first day.
It all started in the morning, when Katinka Hosszu (HUN), the winner of the 2012 series, smashed the WR in the women’s 200m individual medley, clocking a convincing 2:04.39, and improving the previous best mark (2:04.60) owned by Julia Smit (USA) since December 2009. The Magyar star was the natural favourite the win the decisive race, but she wanted more than the gold: at the end, she improved her morning performance and settled the WR in an amazing time of 2:03.20.
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