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SWC 2013, Doha Day 2: Unstoppable Hosszu wins big

Swimming World Cup

Katinka Hosszu (HUN)France set a new World record in the mixed 4x50m freestyle relay. With a swift start by Olympic champion in the 50m free Florent Manaudou (21.22), teammates Jeremy Stravius, Melanie Henique and Anna Santamans completed the race in 1:31.14, ahead of China (1:32.74) and Japan (1:33.80).

Hungarian swimming icon Katinka Hosszu finished her meet on a high note with three more wins in the 400m IM (4:28.91), 200m fly (2:06.60) and 100m IM (58.43). Hosszu also picked up silver in the 100m back (57.49), a hundredth of a second behind Daryna Zevina from Ukraine (57.48). In this race, Japan's 19-year-old Sayaka Akase took third, 6 hundredths of a second behind the winner.

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SWC 2013, Doha Day 1: WR for France in mixed medley, double for Hosszu, Le Clos and Schoeman

Swimming World Cup

Mixed 4x50m medley World Record by the FrenchThe fifth stage of the FINA Swimming World Cup 2013, taking place in Doha (QAT) from October 20-21, featured a high level of competition with nine Olympic champions or medallists in individual events from the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, 13 World champions long course (2013) and short course (2012), and five short-course record holders. In comparison to the first Doha edition in 2012, participation has raised noticeably with the presence of 197 swimmers from 41 countries (there were 115 swimmers from 30 nations last year).

Doha's Hamad Aquatic Center in the Aspire Zone provided the backdrop to the first World record established in the city, set by the French quartet of Jeremy Stravius, Giacomo Perez Dortona, Melanie Henique and Anna Santamans in the mixed 4x50m medley relay, clocking 1:39.54. Doha is the 85th city and Qatar, 31st nation, to register a World record in 25m-pool since the first approval by FINA on March, 3rd 1991. Out of the 41 countries competing, 19 climbed the podium, 13 of them claiming victory. South Africa tops the table with six medals (4 gold, 2 silver). Hungary is second (2 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze) and Australia, third (2 gold , 1 silver, 1 bronze).

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SWC 2013, Dubai Day 2: WR for Japan in mixed free relay

Swimming World Cup

The Dubai leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup 2013 concluded in fine style tonight, with Japan taking a World record in the last event on the programme, the mixed 4x50m freestyle relay in 1:32.52. It was the only World record of the meet, and the Japanese team of Shinri Shioura, Sayaka Akase, Kenta Ito and Kanako Watanabe were delighted. "We are very happy" said Shioura, "this is one second faster than in Moscow." Brazil took silver in the relay, in 1:32.95, with China in third in 1:33.72.

Shioura’s gold gave him the box set, after picking up silver in the 4x50m mixed medley relay and bronze in the 50m breaststroke on Day 1. It also made two golds for Sayaka Akase, who took gold in the women’s 100m backstroke tonight in 57.24 ahead of Australia’s Emily Seebohm (57.53) who just edged out Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina in 57.56 in one of the many close finishes of the evening.

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SWC 2013, Dubai Day 1: Le Clos rattles WR in 200 fly, Hosszu picks up five medals

Swimming World Cup

Chad Le Clos (RSA)One of the biggest crowds seen at a swimming event in Dubai since the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in 2010 flocked to the Hamdan Sports Complex tonight to witness the world’s best swimmers in action, and they did not leave disappointed.

The action kicked off with Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia continuing her winning form from the Moscow leg of the series conducted last weekend, with victory in the 800m freestyle.

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SWC 2013, Moscow Day 2: Meilutyte nearly takes down WR in 50m breast, Russia sets first WR in mixed free relay

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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.

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SWC 2013, Moscow Day 1: Meilutyte sets WR in 100 breast, team Russia in mixed relay

Swimming World Cup

SWC 2013, Moscow Day 1: Meilutyte sets WR in 100 breast, team Russia in mixed relayOn 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.

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Swimming World Juniors, Day 6: Australia tops the medal count, while US won the Championship Trophy

FINA World Junior Swimming Championships

Two heroes in Dubai: Meilutyte (LTU) and Horton (AUS) - credit: Giorgio Scala/DeepbluemediaDUBAI (United Arab Emirates), 31 August – An exciting final day saw the two stars of the FINA Junior World Swimming Championships in Dubai securing a fitting end to their magnificent six-day campaign. Mackenzie Horton (AUS) won the 1500m free, while Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) clinched the 50m free title – both of them earned four individual gold medals respectively. Australia tops the medal count, with the US and Russian teams also showing outstanding performances.

The quality of the results in Dubai is a solid guarantee that the level of Swimming is ensured for the years to come. After the establishment of 47 Championships Records in a 42-event competition (giving an amazing average of more than one record per event), it is confirmed that the 2013 edition was the most successful one and that a new group of talented athletes is ready to shine also at senior level. Many of the names that excelled in the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai will be the swimmers to watch in 2015, at the FINA World Championships in Kazan (RUS), and of course at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (BRA).

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Swimming World Juniors, Day 5: Number of Championship Records nears 40

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Svetlana Chimrova (RUS) - credit: Giorgio Scala/DeepbluemediaDUBAI (United Arab Emirates), 30 August – One more record to go and the number of Championship Record will break a magic barrier: it now stands at 39, and watching the quality of the races and the fantastic performances of the globe’s best teen swimmers there is no risk to say it will be well over 40. Day 5 saw 7 more records, a fine day for the US team with 6 medals, two of them gold.

Svetlana Chimrova (RUS) is the most prolific record-breaker of the field: five swims, five new Championship Records – this day she bettered the mark of the 100m fly, first in the heats then in the semis, also breaking the 59sec barrier in the afternoon. (She clocked three CRs in the 50m fly in the previous days.)

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Swimming World Juniors, Day 4: Ruta Meilutyte: two gold medals in 40 minutes

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Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) - credit: Giorgio Scala/DeepbluemediaDUBAI (United Arab Emirates), 29 August – Two titles in 40 minutes to Ruta Meilutyte, both in Championships Record time – the Lithuanian star proved her outstanding class again by winning the 100m breaststroke and the 200m individual medley (and also taking part in the 50m back semis). Six more Championship Records fell on Day 4 which also saw a hat-trick for Russia in the first three finals.

You can’t start breaking records too early: Gabrielle Fa’Amausili (NZL) bettered the Championship Record in the girls 50m back just a few minutes past 10am. Add that she is only 14 years old, so far the youngest who managed to crack a CR in Dubai. Later a flood of records followed in the desert (the Hamdan Sports Complex is surrounded by dunes of sands): another one in the morning by the British boys in the 4x200m free relay heats, and the series went on in the afternoon.

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Swimming World Juniors, Day 3: A must-see performance: the Mackenzie Horton Show

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Mackenzie Horton (AUS) - credit: Giorgio Scala/DeepbluemediaDUBAI (United Arab Emirates), 28 August – Three days, three individual gold medals, plus two in the relays: Mackenzie Horton got something back from faith after the 17 year-old Australian missed the cut for the FINA World Championships by a fingernail earlier this year. In Dubai, he won the 200m, 400m and 800m crowns so far, all in Championship Record time. Besides his shining, Day 3 saw 7 more CRs bettered.

Two Championship Records were already broken in the morning heats: credits went to two Russians, Evgeny Sedov (50m free) and Svetlana Chimrova (50m back). Chimrova further bettered her record in the semis, while Sedov’s CR fell to Luke Percy (AUS) in the afternoon.

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