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

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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

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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

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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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