MSWC 2014: Reichert (GER) and Olasz (HUN) win in Hong Kong
Ninety-three swimmers from 21 countries arrived at the waters edge just few minutes before 8 a.m. today, allowing an hour for swimwear inspection and the application of their numbers and sun block. Precisely at 9 a.m. the 51 male competitors entered the 27.5 centigrade water, holding one hand on the start rope for mere seconds before the horn signaled their official start. The athletes would be expected to navigate five loops each of 2km. A pleasant air temperature of 26 degrees and a light westerly wind made for ideal conditions.
The 42 women would start five minutes after the men's race following the identical course that was peppered with more than 40 boats and kayaks.
MSWC 2014: Brazil's Cunha and do Carmo top favourites in Hong Kong
The eighth and final stop of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2014 returns to Hong Kong's Repulse Bay on Saturday morning October 18. Just minutes after Friday's technical meeting and safety briefing most of the 51 male and 43 female competitors boarded on coach buses to one of the most beautiful venues of open water swimming.
Among the women taking a practice swim today were Brazil’s Ana Marcela Cunha and Poliana Okimoto. In early February Okimoto won the opening leg of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2014 in front of 7,000 spectators in Viedma, Argentina. In the lead pack from the start, Okimoto finished the women’s race in 2h05m03s88, a little more than 13 seconds ahead of her Brazilian teammate Ana Marcela Cunha.
Synchro World Cup 2014, Day 4: China and Ukraine win gold in a great final day
The dramatic theme of the “Phantom of the Opera" opened the last day of competition at the 13th FINA Synchronised Swimming World Cup and gave China a 100% success as the Asian delegation won every event in which it participated. The 10 Chinese athletes achieved 95.4000 points in the final free combination, at Laval’s University aquatic centre in Québec City (CAN). The Team Highlight and a gala event, with the participation of many countries that were fighting for medals, closed the World Cup in great style.
The head coach of the Chinese team, Mayuko Fujiki, said that the competition was important to provide valuable experience for the new athletes: “As I said in the beginning of the event, the team includes many novelties, both in terms of athletes and officials. Moreover, we are now focusing on the work that will allow swimmers to have additional strength and speed in the water. Our main goal is to stay at each event closer to the Russian team. They were not here, but the competition was very important for the girls’ self-confidence. I think that we will collect the benefits of this work at the 2015 FINA World Championships, in Kazan. I could see in Quebec that we are in the right way. Meanwhile, we will participate in many Open Championships, maybe in France and in Brazil”, she explained.
The "golden" team of China - Photo credit: Giorgio Scala/Deepbluemedia
SWC 2014, Moscow Day 2: Hosszu and Le Clos keep the lead
Katinka Hosszu of Hungary was untouchable at the fourth leg of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup, held in Moscow, Russia on October 4-5, 2014. With a total of seven gold at this stage and an overall 104 victories through the World Cup series, Hosszu is very close to the record of two-time Olympic champion Martina Moravkova from Slovakia, who earned a total 106 gold medals. "I think l will beat this record at the next stage in Beijing," Hosszu said.
Hosszu had no opponents in the women's 100m and 400m IM, clocking a respective 58.93 and 4:25.33. She also swept the women's 100m backstroke in 56.63 and 200m butterfly in 2:02.99, and took the bronze in the 50m butterfly. The only event where she did not medal was the 400m freestyle (Hosszu took fourth).
Synchro World Cup 2014, Day 3: China's Huang/Sun win duet free
China leaves this penultimate day of competition at the 13th FINA Synchro World Cup as the winner of all gold medals. On Saturday October 4, they won at the University of Laval pool the duet free routine and team technical events. In the latter, which finished the day of an intensive programme, swimmers performed on 'The Faith' to give more a show of precision, synchronisation and artistic creativity routines, scoring an overall 188.0322.
Japan got the silver medal with a slightly bigger margin than in the technical event to outscore Ukraine. The Asians scored 182.4088 points while the Europeans settled for third with 181.9573.
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