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 Swimming World Cup 2014
|August 27-28||Doha (QAT)
|August 31 - September 1
||Hong Kong (HKG)
|October 8-9||Moscow (RUS)|
|November 1-2||Singapore (SIN)
* dates to be confirmed
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.
SWC 2012, Singapore day 2: To (AUS) and Hosszu (HUN) win 2012 title
November 11, 2012 SINGAPORE - Kenneth To (AUS) and Katinka Hosszu (HUN) were crowned as new champions of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup, whose 2012 edition concluded in Singapore (SIN) on November 10-11. Both the Australian and Hungarian swimmers were in the lead of the men’s and women’s ranking before the last leg and just confirmed their credentials in the final meet of the competition. To was even the best performer in Singapore, winning the 100m individual medley on Day 1, in a time of 51.50 (957 points), while Hosszu got the second best performance among women, finishing second (2:06.78, 949 points) to her compatriot Zsuzsanna Jakabos in the 200m IM. Both for To and Hosszu, this was their first success in the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup.
“I was confident of winning (the overall title) after winning the 100 metre individual medley (IM) last night. It was difficult today, not being able to sleep last night. I was very happy, very excited,” To said.
“This is my first time doing the entire series, and it’s been an amazing experience. It taught me how to back up race after race, and how to perform whenever it’s needed. Picking up the wins along the way helped boost my confidence, knowing that I can perform in any situation thrown at me. My goal for now is to make the Australian team for the world long course championships in Barcelona next year. That will be my major target,” he concluded.
SWC 2012, Singapore day 1: Hosszu (HUN) and To (AUS) confirm leading positions
November 10, 2012 SINGAPORE - The leaders of the overall ranking of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2012 confirmed their will to get the US$100,000 prize money back home after the first day of the eighth and final meet of the series in Singapore (SIN). Among men, Kenneth To (AUS) was the most “valuable” swimmer of the finals’ session winning the gold in the 100m individual medley duel with George Bovell (TRI). Thanks to his 51.50, To got 957 points, the best performance of the day, and practically assured his victory in 2012, as he was leading the scoring before Singapore with 145 points against 125 for Bovell. The star of Trinidad and Tobago was only the third best performer of the session, with his second place in that event (946 points for a time of 51.69).
In the women’s field, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) had an enormous advance over her compatriot Zsuzsanna Jakabos (146 points against 79) before the last leg of the circuit and in Singapore was the second best performer precisely behind her main challenger – in the 200m individual medley duel, Jakabos won in 2:06.41 (957 points), while Hosszu was second in 2:06.78 (949). The latter is therefore the virtual winner of the 2012 edition before the last day of the competition on November 11.
SWC 2012, Tokyo day 2: Hosszu (HUN) bags two more gold for a total 35
November 7, 2012 TOKYO - Katinka Hosszu (HUN) collected two more gold medals in the final day of the seventh leg of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2012, which concluded in Tokyo (JPN) on November 7. After three victories on Day 1, the Magyar champion has now an accumulated total of 35 gold medals in this year’s series, being the most successful athlete of the competition.
Hosszu dominated the women’s 200m butterfly in 2:05.90 and the 400m individual medley in 4:28.14, leaving in both cases her compatriot Zsuzsanna Jakabos with the silver medal. Moreover, Hosszu consolidated her lead in the overall ranking of the World Cup, and now, before the last leg in Singapore, she can only lose the title in one circumstance: if Jakabos establishes a new World Record in Singapore and she is not in the first 10 ranked swimmers of the meet. A very remote possibility given the regularity of Hosszu throughout the entire circuit.
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).
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