SWC 2014, Doha - Hosszu: "I feel unstoppable"
Since her arrival to the FINA Swimming World Cup in 2012, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) has totally changed the women’s competition in this event. Thanks to her versatility and success in so many strokes and distances, the Magyar swimmer could easily take the win on both the 2012 and 2013 editions and is certainly ready to take the glory in 2014.
On Day 1 of the initial leg of the series in Doha (QAT), the “Iron Lady” (as she is known) has accumulated four wins, accompanied by one World Record and two World Cup records. In the morning of the second day, she appeared stronger than ever in the heats, smashing the WR in the 100m IM, in a new time of 57.25 (the previous world best mark was hers, with a 57.45 effort from August last year, in the Berlin leg of the World Cup).
Youth Water Polo (W), Day 3: USA, Greece, Spain and Canada qualify for quarterfinals
The women's teams of USA, Greece, Spain and Canada lead their respective groups after the preliminary stage and have directly qualified for the quarterfinals after the end of the opening competition stage at the FINA World Women’s Youth Water Polo Championships 2014, taking place in Madrid, Spain.
In Group A, the unbeaten American team confirmed their dominance, beating Germany in their third match with a 24-4 score. Hungary finished in second place after defeating South Africa with a 3-24 score. Hungarian captain, Greta Gurisatti, scored 7 goals.
SWC 2014, Day 1: Hosszu festival starts in Doha (QAT)
The “Iron Lady” is ready to shine in the 2014 edition of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup. In the first day of the inaugural leg of the series in Doha (QAT), Katinka Hosszu (HUN) was the athlete in evidence, establishing a World Record and two World Cup records, and getting four gold medals. The world best mark was set in the women’s 200m individual medley, when she touched home in 2:02.61, bettering her own record of 2:03.20, obtained also in the first meet of the 2013 circuit in Eindhoven (NED).
In a very successful evening, the Magyar star, winner of last year’s series, also swam for the bronze in the 800m free, got the gold in the 50m backstroke, the 200m backstroke and the 200m free. In the latter, she improved on two occasions the best mark of the competition: in the morning heats, she clocked 1:51.84, while the afternoon victory was sealed with a 1:51.41 effort. Hosszu was constantly under the World Record (1:51.17, from Italy’s Federica Pellegrini, from 2009) pace, but could not swim so fast until the final touch.
SWC 2014, Doha - Mellouli: Ready for the long journey!
These expressions became a cliché: “Success is a journey, not a destination”, or “the doing is often more important than the outcome”. He has known success, he came to a delightful destination, but he has just started another journey. Another “doing”. Smoothly, but surely. Oussama Mellouli, from Tunisia, is a true champion, a role model for an entire region, a hero in his country, a great star of Aquatics.
After a year of “ups and downs”, as he frankly says, Mellouli is definitively back to the pools and to the FINA world: his presence in Doha (QAT) and Dubai (UAE), the two first stops of the 2014 edition of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup are a solid proof that he wishes to go on. With one destination: the Olympic Games in Rio 2016!
Youth Water Polo (W), Day 2: USA, Greece, Spain and Canada rule in their groups
USA, Greece, Spain and Canada are the leaders in their respective groups after the second day of the preliminary stage at the pool of the Swimming Centre M-86 in Madrid, Spain. In Group A, USA secured the first place after defeating South Africa with a 4-20 score. In the second game, Hungary found no rival in Germany, which was beaten with a 22-3 score. The South Africans wait for them in the final match.
Meanwhile, in Group B, the leader is Greece thanks to the better goal average compared to Italy after the victory against Brazil with a 4-22 score, with Vasiliki and Eleftheria as the top scorers. Italy had more problems with Japan, but dispelled their doubts with a 5-1 partial score in the last quarter, the final score after the match being 13-9.
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