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 2012, Tokyo day 1: local Daiya Seto improves World Cup record in 400m IM
November 6, 2012 TOKYO - Japan’s Daiya Seto was the swimmer in evidence in the first day of the seventh leg of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2012, being held in Tokyo (JPN) on November 6-7, after establishing a new record of the competition in the men’s 400m individual medley. The 18-year-old athlete touched home in 4:00.02, bettering the previous World Cup record (4:00.12) he had set in the fifth meet of the series in Berlin (GER). Moreover, it was Seto’s sixth win in this event throughout the 2012 circuit – the Japanese star was not present in Beijing (CHN).
Still among men, Stanislav Donets (RUS) got the most valuable performance of this inaugural day in Tokyo, winning the 100m backstroke in a good time of 49.49 (worth 967 points). Donets is also dominating this event in 2012, being his fifth victory (and the fastest) in the World Cup – his previous best time had been set in Moscow (RUS), in 49.74. Also in good shape, Kazuya Kaneda (JPN) comfortably won the 200m butterfly, clocking 1:51.08 for the gold. It was also the fastest winning time of 2012 in this event, after a previous 1:51.22 effort of Kaneda in Beijing. At home, this good result gave him the second most valuable performance of the day in the men’s field (947 points).
SWC 2012, Beijing day 2: Olympic champion Ye stuns Hosszu in 400m IM
November 3, 2012 BEIJING - Chinese 16-year-old swimming star Ye Shiwen claimed her second gold medal at the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup in Beijing as the double Olympic champion came from behind to win the women's 400m individual medley.
Ye, gold medallist in this event at the 2012 London Olympic Games, powered home for the win, clocking 4: 26.93 and beating Hungary's Katinka Hosszu by 0.83 seconds. Her compatriot Zsuzsanna Jakabos took third in 4:31.28.
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.
SWC 2012, day 2: France's Muffat, queen of Berlin
October 21, 2012 BERLIN - Today the French won the 400m freestyle missing the World record by just one hundredth. Camille Muffat was definitely the best swimmer of the meet. The French swimmer, who is based in Nice, France, and is coached by Fabrice Pellerin, today set the best performance of the meet when she won the 400m freestyle in 3:54.93, a World Cup record, just one hundredth shy of the world record. On the first day Muffat set the second best performance among women in the 200m freestyle. Overall, two World Cup records were set in Berlin, including that of Daiya Seto (JPN) on the first day.
There were nine double winners, three men and six women. Men: Stanislav Donets (RUS, backstroke), Fabio Scozzoli (ITA, breaststroke), Anthony Ervin (USA, sprint freestyle). Women: Ilaria Bianchi (ITA, butterfly), Britta Steffen (GER, sprint freestyle), Camille Muffat (FRA, freestyle), Jessica Hardy (USA), Katinka Hosszu (HUN).
SWC 2012, Berlin day 1: World Cup record for Daiya Seto (JPN) in the 400m IM
BERLIN, Germany - Traditionally the World Cup meeting in Berlin is one of the strongest of the whole circuit. This year it does not make any exception. Though it has a strong “local” significance, from the point of view of the overall participation it may be more appropriate to label it as “glocal”, for its heavily significant international presence.
There are the French, who, this morning, have easily qualified for the finals: Camille Muffat with the fastest time in the 200m freestyle (1:54:21, best performance of the morning with 922 points), Yannick Agnel with the 5th time (a modest 48.65) in the 100m freestyle.
SWC 2012, Moscow day 2: Hosszu and Donets leave strong impression
October 18, 2012 MOSCOW - The second day of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup in Moscow wrapped up with nice performances. Daiya Seto (JPN) won comfortably the men's 1500m free in 15:03.02. Anton Goncharov (UKR) and Mauricio Fiol Villanueva (PER) finished second and third, respectively.
Jessica Hardy (USA) got her first medal of the day in the 100m free, where she finished second (53.74) behind Britta Steffen (GER, 52.92). She then proceeded to capture the gold, only a few minutes later, in the 50m breast (30.29).
SWC 2012, Moscow day 1: Smith (USA) and Donets (RUS) best performers
October 17, 2012 MOSCOW - The fourth leg of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup is being held at the Olympijsky Swimming pool in the Russian capital. Russian swimming fans like to say that this pool is very special: since the 1980 Olympics, which took place here also, 46 World and 40 European records were broken, evidencing that these waters are quite "fast". Moscow has played host to the short-course event a total eight times since 2002. For the 2012 edition, more than 330 swimmers entered the competition.
The president of the Russian Swimming Federation, four-time Olympic champion Vladimir Salnikov mentioned at the opening press conference that the competition gives outstanding experience to young Russian swimmers, underlining that for most of them, the World Cup in Moscow was where they made their first mark on the international swimming stage.
SWC 2012, Stockholm day 2: Hosszu collects 24 medals after three meets
October 14, 2012 STOCKHOLM - In Hungarian, “Hosszu” means “long” and that is a perfect adjective for Katinka’s effort in the 2012 edition of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup: a long and successful effort, that allowed her to collect eight more medals at the third meet of the Series, held in Stockholm from October 13-14. In the Swedish capital, the Magyar champion was first in the 200m, 400m and 800m free, 100m, 200m and 400m IM, and got the silver in the 200m backstroke and 200m butterfly – being also the fastest performer among women, with her 400m IM win (4:28.01). An impressive harvest considering the versatility needed to swim so many events in only two days! In the first legs of the 2012 edition of this World Cup – Dubai and Doha – Katinka Hosszu earned seven gold medals at each of the events, plus two bronze (for a total 24 podium appearances ahead of Moscow, the upcoming World Cup meet). Moreover, after three legs, Hosszu has swum 10,200m if we consider the number of heats and finals contested!
In the final session of the Swedish meet, Hosszu’s main and successful rival was compatriot Zsuzsanna Jakabos, who managed to beat her in the 200m fly. It was probably the most interesting race of the day, with Hosszu swimming in lane 4 and Jakabos in lane 8. Turning her head to the left side to breathe, Jakabos could perfectly control Hosszu’s effort, while Katinka had notorious problems in matching her challenger’s pace. In the end, Jakabos touched first in 2:06.90 and Hosszu got the silver in 2:07.18. Throughout the competition in Stockholm, Jakabos trailed her teammate, being second in the 200m free and 400m IM, third in the 800m free, 200m back and 200m IM and fifth in the 400m free. The triumph in the 200m butterfly was therefore a rewarding consolation for Jakabos. On day 1, only Melissa Ingram (NZL) beat Hosszu, in the 200m backstroke.
SWC 2012, Stockholm day 1: Hosszu completes hat trick; Alshammar gets 135th medal!
October 13, 2012 STOCKHOLM - Who will stop Katinka Hosszu? After dominating the first two legs of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2012 in Dubai (UAE) and Doha (QAT), winning seven gold medals at each of those meets, the Hungarian versatile star was again the swimmer to beat on the first day of the third leg of the series, being held in Stockholm on October 13-14. The 23-year-old swimmer, 2009 World champion in the 400m individual medley, obtained three titles (and four medals) in the initial day in the Swedish capital and is now, by far, the most successful female swimmer of this year’s World Cup. Moreover, she was the best female performer (919 points) of this first day, thanks to her 200m IM win.
Hosszu’s success at the Eriksdalsbadet in Stockholm started with the triumph in the 800m free, where she got her fastest winning time so far at this World Cup, touching in 8:24.48. The minor medals went to Lotte Friis (DEN, 8:25.96) and to another Magyar swimmer, Zsuzsanna Jakabos, bronze medallist in 8:31.96. Some minutes later, Kosszu was again the best in the 200m free, getting the gold in 1:55.30 – she had been faster in Doha, clocking then 1:54.79. Jakabos was this time second (1:56.31), while Hannah Miley (GBR) finished third in 1:56.58. Hosszu’s winning strategy was once more successful in the 200m individual medley, where she comfortably touched first in 2:08.13, the fastest of her three wins so far in this event at the World Cup. The silver medal was shared by Jakabos and Sophie Allen (GBR) in 2:09.05. The Hungary duet Hosszu-Jakabos was again in action in the 200m backstroke, getting the silver (2:07.44) and bronze (2:08.71) respectively. This time, the gold went to Melissa Ingram (NZL), winner in 2:04.84.
SWC 2012, Doha day 2: Indomitable Hosszu repeats 7-gold success
DOHA, Qatar - Traditionally, Hungarian swimming always favoured long course competitions. Successful swimmers from this country in short course events are rare. We are currently witnessing a change in course that is profitable to the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup as it was brilliantly demonstrated by Hungarian Katinka Hosszu on the final day of the Doha stage at the Hamad swimming complex. The Hungarian swimmer, who has been training at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (USC) for the last few years, was eager to bounce back from this summer's slump at the London Olympics where she missed the podium in the 400 IM (fourth with 58 hundredths of a second behind China's Li).
With her 14 individual gold medals (seven in each leg), one can easily assure that the Hungarian successfully dispelled all doubt and re-affirmed her place among the world's best ahead of the 2012 FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Istanbul in December.
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