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World and European records fall on Day 1 of World Cup in Moscow

One world and one European record were set during the first day of FINA Swimming World Cup in Moscow.
Cameron van der Burgh, who already took part in two World Cup events (Durban, South Africa and Singapore) before coming to Russia, clocked 26.08 for 50m breaststroke. Although the swimmer garnered the best points score both in South Africa and Singapore (50), he has not gotten into the top-three positions in the overall ranking because of his lack of participation in more of the World Cup events.
In any case, in Moscow Van der Burgh got 20 bonus points for his record-breaking swim.

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08Nov2008

Day 2 in Singapore – Mellouli (TUN) with two more gold in the 200m and 1500m free

Mellouli (TUN)

As with the previous three legs of the 2008 FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup, the Olympic champion Oussama Mellouli (TUN) showed his talent once more in the free and medley events. On the second and final day in Singapore (SIN), the fourth rendezvous of the competition, Mellouli got two more victories in the men’s 1500m free (15:06.05, faster than New Zealand’s Matt Woodrow 15:07.81) and in the 200m free – a win in 1:44.47, better than Australian Nicholas Frost (1:44.47) and Brazilian Rodrigo Castro (1:45.64). In Singapore, the Tunisian got six medals, including four gold. Overall, the Tunisian has now 18 victories in the 2008 World Cup, including all the triumphs in the 200m free, 1500m free and 400m IM since the start of the current series in Belo Horizonte (BRA).

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02Nov2008

Day 1 in Singapore - One World Cup record for Hurley (AUS) in the men’s 100m back

SWC 2008

The first day of the fourth leg of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2008 in Singapore re-confirmed the consistent evolution of the performances in this competition – eight best times of the year were established (in 17 events), with the men’s events being more successful (six best times). Moreover, four continental records were bettered: two for Africa, one for Asia and one for Oceania. Finally, in comparison with the first edition of the World Cup in Singapore (in 2007), the winners’ performances were better in 13 distances (out of 17), again most notably in the men's field (8 in 9).

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02Nov2008

Another world record for Australia

R. Hurley (AUS)

A man who just turned 20 a few weeks ago shocked himself with a world-record swim in the 50m backstroke at the Sydney leg of the FINA Arena Swimming World Cup tonight.
Australian Robert Hurley posted the second world record of the meet when he touched in 23.24 to clip three hundredths of a second off the mark set by Germany’s Thomas Rupprath in 2004 and post a personal best by half a second.Hurley, who trains out of the Australian Institute of Sport, said: “ I felt I was going fast but not a 23 low.”
Hurley arrived at the pool early in the evening and said it took him 20 minutes to get his suit on. “It’s the first time I’ve worn the full body suit and I was looking for a fast time. It made me feel really good under water.”

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26Oct2008

New Aussie breaks 50m butterfly world record

Jaukovic (AUS)

The best was saved to last when newly naturalised Australian Matt Jaukovic smashed the world record for the 50m butterfly at the Australian leg of the FINA Arena Swimming World Cup meet at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre tonight.
The former Montenegrin junior international was competing in his first meet for Australia and blitzed the field with a thundering first length, clipping one tenth of a second off Brazilian Kaio Almeida’s mark of 22.60 set nearly three years ago.
Jaukovic (22), has been coming to Australia for three and a half years, staying with an aunty and uncle and decided to stay to pursue a double economics and law degree at Sydney University.

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25Oct2008

Triple-gold for Mellouli on Durban World Cup Day 2; nice wins for Molina, Bal, Du Rand, and Pengelly

SWC 2008
The finals session of the second and last day of the 2008 FINA/ARENA World Cup in Durban featured more multi-victories for Oussama Mellouli (TUN) and Fabiola Molina (BRA), as well as some excellent performances by Jessica Pengelly (RSA), Cameron van der Burgh (RSA), Josefin Lillhage (SWE), Randall Bal (USA), George Du Rand (RSA), and more.The evening opened with the timed final of the men’s 1500m freestyle; thus there was anticipation as to how the Olympic champion in this event, Mellouli, would perform. As it turns out, he won the race, although well below the standard he is capable of. Compared to his Olympic winning time of 14:40.84, which allowed him to defeat world record holder Grant Hackett in Beijing, his time in Durban was 14:54.73. The race was entertaining nevertheless, as he faced formidable pressure from one of his main rivals at this meet, Riaan Schoeman, who took second in 14.54.82. To the delight of the crowd, the two were literally even at the conclusion of the race and it was anybody’s guess which one would show-up on the clock as winner. In third was Heerden Herman in 15:12.61.

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18Oct2008

OWS GP 2008, Overview of Race 9 (Sumidero Canyon, MEX)

There couldn’t have been a more authentic setting for the final stop of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix 2008 – the wild beauty of the Sumidero Canyon in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. The race was held on October 18 and included 15 men and 15 women from 14 countries. The air and water temperature for the 15km river swim was 26°C and the weather was light wind and rain. The race commenced at 8:25AM for the men and the women started two minutes later. 

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18Oct2008

OWS GP 2008, Overview of Race 9 (Sumidero Canyon, MEX)

There couldn’t have been a more authentic setting for the final stop of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix 2008 – the wild beauty of the Sumidero Canyon in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. The race was held on October 18 and included 15 men and 15 women from 14 countries. The air and water temperature for the 15km river swim was 26°C and the weather was light wind and rain. The race commenced at 8:25AM for the men and the women started two minutes later. 

UltraMarathon Swim Series 2008
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18Oct2008

Multi-gold results for Meaklim, Townsend, Mellouli and more as World Cup swimming descends on Durban

Kathryn Meaklim (RSA)
The city of Durban (RSA) was alight with swimming excellence on October 17, when the first finals of the second leg of the 2008 FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup took place. The racing was of a high standard and a fine showcase of short-course talent from around the world.
Kathryn Meaklim (RSA) and Melissa Corfe (RSA) were the women to watch in the 800m freestyle: the inaugural event of the night that featured all swimmers from South Africa. While the race looked relatively close between the leaders for some time, Meaklim gradually increased her lead in the second half of the race and would eventually take the win from Corfe by about six seconds. Their times were 8:42.50 and 8:48.58 respectively. Alison-Jayne Logan took third place in 8:54.39.

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17Oct2008

FINA 10km MSWC 2008: A FINA Finale in Paradise

If there ever was an ideal setting for an Open Water Swimming event, Cancun, Mexico may very well be that place. As I type this report from my room gazing north towards Isla Mujeres, it’s the tropical paradise picture you’d expect on a postcard. Workers are dismantling the start/finish area in turquoise colored water that grows darker just beyond that point where the sea grass starts to grow. The Hotel Oasis Viva Beach is appropriately named and mere steps out the lobby door is where the Mexican Swimming Federation and hundreds of local volunteers staged the final event in FINA’s 2008 World Cup Series on this eleventh day of October.

Marathon Swim World Series 2008
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13Oct2008

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