Star-studded line-up ready for Doha
More than 1'100 athletes from 171 countries have registered to compete at the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), taking place in Doha, Qatar, from December 3-7.
Hundreds of millions around the world are expected to tune in to see the biggest names in swimming take to the blocks at Hamad Aquatic Centre including 11-time Olympic medallist and also known for his short-course dominance, American Ryan Lochte.
FINA President re-elected as ANOC Vice President
FINA President and IOC Member Dr. Julio C. Maglione was re-elected as Vice President of ANOC (Association of National Olympic Committees), representing the Americas. The election took place during ANOC’s General Assembly on November 7-8, 2014 in Bangkok (THA). ANOC gathers the 204 National Olympic Committees in the five continents, and is presided by Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabak, from Kuwait, also re-elected for the period 2014-2018.
FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione (right), accompanied by IOC President Thomas Bach (left)
and by ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah (centre)
French Olympic 400m freestyle champion Camille Muffat caused a stir when she announced her retirement from swimming at 24 last July.
Like her, a dozen Olympic medallists from the 2012 London Games, including Leisel Jones, Alain Bernard, Rebecca Soni, Brent Hayden and Rebecca Adlington, have deserted the training pools since then. With less than two years to go to the next summer Olympics in Rio, is this wave of retirements in swimming merely post-Games blues-related or is there something underneath the surface?
Swimming top guns gear up for Doha
The highlight of the aquatic season, the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), is about to start in the magnificent Hamad Aquatic Complex. Featuring a handful of the greatest stars and offering a massive sum in prize money, the showcase in Doha is going to be another hit, watched by hundreds of millions around the world.
FINA’s decision to move the event from its spring date to December proved to be a wise move. It attracts more top swimmers and it crowns the short-course season, while in the spring when everyone was preparing for the summer long-course events, it was like an unexpected guest at a party.
SWC 2014, Singapore Day 2: Hosszu and Le Clos, uncontested dominators of the season!
Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu and South Africa’s Chad Le Clos were the overall winners of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup 2014 which concluded today November 2 in Singapore. The winners sparkled champagne to celebrate their victory and the prize money of 100,000 USD associated to it.
Today Hosszu added two more gold medals to her tally, bringing her total to an unprecedented 51 gold, a kind of world record in itself. She won also eight silver and nine bronze: 68 medals overall.
SWC 2014, Singapore Day 1: Hosszu and Le Clos towards the final act
For the first time, Singapore is hosting the final leg of the FINA World Cup Series, the seventh this year, in the brand new OCBC Aquatics Centre, inaugurated in June. The magnificent indoor venue with a capacity of 3,000 spectators is the perfect stage for the final act of the recital from the World Cup’s leaders Katinka Hosszu of Hungary and Chad Le Clos of South Africa, as well as of the others world elite swimmers whose presence was pregnant in the circuit, such as Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta, Germany’s Steffen Deibler, Dutch Inge Dekker, Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson, Australia’s Thomas Fraser-Holmes, and more.
Hosszu was going into this meet with 59 medals: 46 gold, 5 silver, 8 bronze - and 5 world records, all of them in the medley events (twice in the 100m and 200m and one in the 400m) - from the previous six legs. At the end of the first day Hosszu’s medal count was of 64 overall: 49 gold, 7 silver and 8 bronze.
SWC 2014: Tokyo Day 2: Kosuke Hagino sets the 200m IM World Cup record
Japan’s ace Kosuke Hagino won the 200 metres individual medley in a World Cup record of 1:51.27 (24.22, 28.11/52.33, 32.50/1:24.83, 26.44/1:51.27). Earlier in the session he had won also the 200m freestyle. Today, Katinka Hosszu won four more gold medals, while Chad Le Clos swept the butterfly events winning also the 100 metres. The Hungarian and South African were the best performers of the meet, respectively with 985 points in the 100 individual medley and 982 points in the 200 butterfly. In this meet Hosszu won 10 medals, of which seven gold, two silver and a bronze. Overall, the “Iron Lady” has now a collection of 49 gold medals.
Chad Le Clos (RSA) and Katinka Hosszu (HUN)
SWC 2014: Tokyo Day 1: Hosszu and Le Clos consolidate their lead; Meilutyte loses in the 100m breaststroke
For the fifth consecutive year the “Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Centre” is hosting a FINA World Cup meet, this time for the penultimate leg of the seven-meet series. Some of the world’s best swimmers have gathered here, including the World Cup’s leaders Katinka Hosszu, of Hungary, and Chad Le Clos, of South Africa. Moreover, the elite of the Japanese Swimming Federation led by Daichi Suzuki, the unforgettable winner of the 100m backstroke at the 1988 Seoul’s Olympics, swimming under water for most of the distance, is also competing in Tokyo. Among the best Japanese are the versatile Kosuke Hagino and Daiya Seto, the backstroker Irie and the breaststroker Kanako Watanabe.
Hosszu is going into this meet with 39 gold medals won in the previous five legs of the series, plus three silver and three bronze medals. In addition she has set five world records, all of them in the medley events: twice in the 100 and 200 metres and one in the 400 metres.
Katinka Hosszu (HUN)
SWC 2014: Beijing Day 2: Hosszu edges Olympic champion Ye in 100m IM
In a battle against 2012 Olympic champion and home favourite Ye Shiwen, Hungary's World champion Katinka Hosszu lifted the title in the women's 100m individual medley, bagging seven gold medals and one bronze along the way at the fifth stop of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup, organised in Beijing, China on October 24-25, 2014.
Hosszu, who claimed four gold on Day 1, extended her winning streak in the women's 400m IM (4:25.66), the 100m backstroke (56.71) and 100 IM (58.11), beating China's Ye Shiwen in the latter event (second in 58.36) and Alia Atkinson of Jamaica (third in 59.05).
SWC 2014: Beijing Day 1: Sun claims 400m gold at World Cup debut
With a full-house audience, Chinese Olympic champion Sun Yang snatched the title in his favorite event, the men's 400m freestyle, while two-time women overall World Cup champion Katinka Hosszu of Hungary grabbed four golds and front-runner Chad Le Clos of South Africa claimed three victories at the fifth stop of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup 2014, taking place in Beijing, China on October 24-25.
Sun, who brought home three golds and one silver from the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, in late September, and three national titles last week, made his World Cup debut, clocking 3:37.70 to edge South Africa's Myles Brown (3:39.26) and teammate Wang Kecheng (3:42.55) for the 400m gold. Germany's Paul Biedermann, winner of the event at the Rome Worlds in 2009, finished fourth in 3:42.72.
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