Doha 2014, Day 2: Brazil rejoices, Hosszu gets WR consolation
The satisfaction of Katinka Hosszu (HUN) and of her coach at the end of the women’s 100m backstroke is the image of Day 2 at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), taking place in Doha (QAT) until December 7. After an initial day where she lost two races (200m butterfly and 400m IM) to Mireia Belmonte (ESP), the Magyar swam with all her energy for the gold in the backstroke event, highlighting her effort with a new World Record of 55.03 – Hosszu swam 0.20 faster than Shiho Sakai (JPN, 55.23) in 2009. When looking at the scoreboard, the FINA Best Female Swimmer of 2014, strongly beat the water, and screamed her joy, meaning to whoever doubted on her shape that she is one of the swimmers to beat in the Qatari capital.
But this consolation was not enough to win the third direct duel with Mireia Belmonte, this time in the 800m free. The Magyar champion looked tired throughout the final, and Belmonte, WR holder since 2013 in 7:59.34 easily managed to control operations: she got her third gold in Doha, winning in a new Championships record of 8:03.41 (almost five seconds faster than the 8:08.25 clocked in 2008 by Rebecca Adlington, from Great Britain). Hosszu was fifth (8:20.71) of the fastest heat and ninth in the overall ranking of the event.
Korotyshkin already resigned to a record farewell
Russia's swimming veteran Evgeny Korotyshkin will be the least surprised rival if Chad Le Clos of South Africa not only beats him in Doha but deprives him of his world record in the men's 100m butterfly as well.
In the semi-finals at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) Olympic champion Le Clos won his semi-finalin 49.25 ahead of Australia's Tommaso D'Orsogna (49.69) and third American Tom Shields (49.91).
Lochte out of luck as passion drives Le Clos to glory
The smiles and wide grins dissolved into a tearful medal ceremony as the South African National anthem rang out for newly-crowned FINA Male Swimmer of the year Chad le Clos at the Hamad Aquatic Centre in Doha. Le Clos had just won gold in the 200m freestyle on his international competitive debut at the distance.
He tapped the wall first in 1:41.45, beating defending champion Ryan Lochte of the United States who finished third in 1:42,09, with Russian Danila Izotov narrowly second in 1:41.67.
Doha 2014, Day 1: Belmonte, 2 – Hosszu, 0
The 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), staged in Doha (QAT) from December 3-7, 2014 couldn’t have started in a better way: after the initial day, three World Records and six Championships records were already established, with some races having unpredictable outcomes.
The hero of the inaugural evening session was undoubtedly Mireia Belmonte (ESP), winning the women’s 200m butterfly and the 400m IM in outstanding WRs of 1:59.61 and 4:19.86 respectively. And in both occasions, she defeated Katinka Hosszu (HUN), the dominator of the 2014 season in short-course pool. Chad Le Clos (RSA) won the men’s 200m free duel against Ryan Lochte (USA), France was first in the men’s 4x100m free, while the Netherlands totally dominated the women’s 4x200m free in a new global best mark of 7:32.85.
Hangzhou of China welcomes the world for 2018
Almost to tears, Luo Xuejuan, the 2004 Olympic gold medallist in the 100m breaststroke, was too excited when she witnessed her hometown Hangzhou, China win the bid of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) and the FINA World Aquatics Convention in 2018, beating Lima (PER) and UAE.
"When I was an athlete, my dream was to compete in major international swimming events in China. I'm really proud of my hometown and I'll strive for promoting this championships," Luo, who acted as an ambassador for the successful bid, said.
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