FINA/MASTBANK 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 2014, Hong Kong Day 1: Hosszu (HUN) continues to impress
Top-flight international competition returned to Hong Kong at the Victoria Park Swimming Pool on Monday night, with the star power provided by the Iron Lady.
Katinka Hosszu (HUN) proved every bit as tough as her nickname suggests at the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup 2014 tonight, but it does her a disservice – she’s a golden girl.
Katinka Hosszu (HUN) in action
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.
SWC 2014, Dubai Day 1: Magyar Hosszu and Gyurta on top of their game
The second leg of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup 2014 was marked by the historic World records of the Magyar duo, Katinka Hosszu and Daniel Gyurta. Moreover, several swimmers confirmed their mark on the international swimming stage, whom we will certainly hear from again at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in three months' time: Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS), Christian Diener (GER), Marco Koch (GER) and Velimir Stjepanovic (SRB).
Dubai's Hamdan Sports complex served as the backdrop to its first individual record-breaking performances at the World Cup since 2011. Comparing with the first leg in Doha, 16 out of the 17 winners of Day 1, which are the same than in Qatar, bettered their performances, except in the men's 200m butterfly.
SWC 2014, Doha Day 2: Two more WR for Katinka “turbo” Hosszu
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.
SWC 2014, Doha - Hosszu: "I feel unstoppable"
Since her arrival to the FINA Swimming World Cup in 2012, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) has totally changed the women’s competition in this event. Thanks to her versatility and success in so many strokes and distances, the Magyar swimmer could easily take the win on both the 2012 and 2013 editions and is certainly ready to take the glory in 2014.
On Day 1 of the initial leg of the series in Doha (QAT), the “Iron Lady” (as she is known) has accumulated four wins, accompanied by one World Record and two World Cup records. In the morning of the second day, she appeared stronger than ever in the heats, smashing the WR in the 100m IM, in a new time of 57.25 (the previous world best mark was hers, with a 57.45 effort from August last year, in the Berlin leg of the World Cup).
SWC 2014, Day 1: Hosszu festival starts in Doha (QAT)
The “Iron Lady” is ready to shine in the 2014 edition of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup. In the first day of the inaugural leg of the series in Doha (QAT), Katinka Hosszu (HUN) was the athlete in evidence, establishing a World Record and two World Cup records, and getting four gold medals. The world best mark was set in the women’s 200m individual medley, when she touched home in 2:02.61, bettering her own record of 2:03.20, obtained also in the first meet of the 2013 circuit in Eindhoven (NED).
In a very successful evening, the Magyar star, winner of last year’s series, also swam for the bronze in the 800m free, got the gold in the 50m backstroke, the 200m backstroke and the 200m free. In the latter, she improved on two occasions the best mark of the competition: in the morning heats, she clocked 1:51.84, while the afternoon victory was sealed with a 1:51.41 effort. Hosszu was constantly under the World Record (1:51.17, from Italy’s Federica Pellegrini, from 2009) pace, but could not swim so fast until the final touch.
SWC 2014, Doha - Mellouli: Ready for the long journey!
These expressions became a cliché: “Success is a journey, not a destination”, or “the doing is often more important than the outcome”. He has known success, he came to a delightful destination, but he has just started another journey. Another “doing”. Smoothly, but surely. Oussama Mellouli, from Tunisia, is a true champion, a role model for an entire region, a hero in his country, a great star of Aquatics.
After a year of “ups and downs”, as he frankly says, Mellouli is definitively back to the pools and to the FINA world: his presence in Doha (QAT) and Dubai (UAE), the two first stops of the 2014 edition of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup are a solid proof that he wishes to go on. With one destination: the Olympic Games in Rio 2016!
SWC 2014: Russia's MASTBANK is the new title sponsor
The FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione was today in Moscow (RUS) to sign an agreement with Russian commercial bank MASTBANK, which becomes the title sponsor of the 2014 edition of the FINA Swimming World Cup.
“We are very happy to establish this partnership, which confirms and consolidates the value of the FINA Swimming World Cup. Besides the World Championships and Olympic Games, this is our main swimming yearly competition, with the participation of great athletes”, considered Dr. Julio C. Maglione.
SWC 2013, Beijing Day 2: Hosszu, Le Clos win FINA World Cup
Big smiles and countless gold medals, Katinka Hosszu of Hungary and Chad Le Clos of South Africa became clinch the World Cup title for the second time, finishing on a high note at Beijing's last stop of the eight-meet circuit on November 14, 2013.
As the busiest swimmer of all, double World champion Hosszu seemed rusty in all her five finals on Thursday evening with no gold medal, claiming respectable silvers and bronzes instead.
SWC 2013, Beijing Day 1: Hosszu continues to shine at Water Cube on opening night
Though no World record or World Cup record was broken, World champion Katinka Hosszu of Hungary still took the spotlight by winning two gold medals and one bronze, out of five race, while Cate Campbell of Australia slammed three titles on Day 1 of the FINA Swimming World Cup 2013 at Beijing's iconic Water Cube on November 13.
Current leader of the overall rankings after seven meets, Hosszu collected her first victory in the 200m freestyle, clocking 1:53.82, while Melanie Costa of Spain and Lauren Boyle of New Zealand came in 1:54.57 and 1:55.20, respectively. Hosszu later celebrated her second gold in the 200m IM in a swift 2:05.34, 2.14 seconds shy of her own World record set in Eindhoven last August. Alicia Coutts of Australia came second in 2:06.23 while Sophie Allen of Britain claimed bronze in 2:06.71.
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