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Aquatics: Le Clos, Hosszu extend World Cup leads in Tokyo, Hagino sets record

Chad Le Clos with his gold medal for the men's 100m butterfly at the FINA Swimming World Cup in Tokyo, one of four the South African won in the two-day meet. Photos: AFP.

Chad Le Clos with his gold medal for the men’s 100m butterfly at the FINA Swimming World Cup in Tokyo, one of four the South African won in the two-day meet. Photos: AFP.

November 11, 2013: South Africa’s Chad Le Clos and Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu reinforced their lead in the FINA Swimming World Cup series after impressive performances at the seventh leg in in Tokyo, Japan.

 

Le Clos had three wins – men’s 50m and 200m butterfly, and 400m individual medley (IM) – and Hosszu established the most valuable performance of the day, clocking 2:04.52 in the women’s 200m IM (1001 points). Furthermore, the meet produced four new world records and three World Cup records.

 

On Saturday, Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta established a new World Cup record in the men’s 200m breaststroke, getting the gold in 2:01.30. The Magyar swimmer improved his own mark set in August in Berlin, Germany, during the second leg of the series, where he had swum the distance in 2:01.37.

 

The second World Cup record of the session was obtained by Australia’s Alicia Coutts in the women’s 100m butterfly, who clocked 55.30 to beat the 55.46 mark set by her compatriot Felicity Galvez in Stockholm in November 2009.

 

Australia continued to shine by improving the world record in the mixed 4 x 50m medley relay to 1:37.84, edging the previous best of 1:38.02 set also by the Australians in the previous World Cup leg in Singapore just days earlier.

 

On Sunday, Yulia Efimova clocked 28.71 in the 50m breaststroke, the Russian bettering the previous world record of 28.80 set by American Jessica Hardy in November 2009.

 

The remaining two world records were established by Australia in the mixed 4 x 50m free relay, first setting a new best mark of 1:31.13 in the heats and then further improving it to 1:29.61 in the final.

 

Kosuke Hagino made the day for the Japanese fans with a new World Cup record in the men’s 200m IM, touching in 1:51.50, faster than the time recorded (1:51.55) by South Africa’s Darian Townsend in November 2009.

 

Kosuke Hagino of Japan celebrates his 200m individual medley win (1:51.50) with Chinese swimmer Wang Shun.

Kosuke Hagino of Japan celebrates his 200m individual medley win (1:51.50) with Chinese swimmer Wang Shun.

Almost at the end of the meet, Hosszu and Coutts shared the best performance of the meet, after their joint win in the 100m IM – 57.53, worth 1010 FINA Points.

 

The FINA Swimming World Cup will conclude with the final leg in Beijing, China, on November 13-14.

 

FINA Swimming World Cup 2013 (7th Meet) – Tokyo, Japan; November 9-10

Event               Men’s champion; Women’s champion 

50m free          Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 20.72; Cate Campbell (AUS) 23.47

100m free        Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 45.65; Cate Campbell (AUS) 51.31

200m free        Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS) 1:42.56; Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 1:53.12

400m free        Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS) 3:38.39; Lauren Boyle (NZL) 3:57.68

800m free (w)  Lauren Boyle (NZL) 8:06.15

1500m free (m) Kosuke Hagino (JPN) 14:32.88 -

50m back         Eugene Godsoe (USA) 23.07; Etiene Medeiros (BRA) 26.61

100m back       Eugene Godsoe (USA) 49.87; Daryna Zevina (UKR) 56.87

200m back       Masaki Kaneko (JPN) 1:49.76; Daryna Zevina (UKR) 2:01.70

50m breast      Roland Schoeman (RSA) 26.12; Yulia Efimova (RUS) 28.71*

100m breast    Christian Sprenger (AUS) 57.14; Alia Atkinson (JAM) 1:02.99

200m breast    Daniel Gyurta (HUN) 2:01.30**; Yulia Efimova (RUS) 2:17.37

50m butterfly   Chad Le Clos (RSA) 22.26; Sarah Sjoestroem (SWE) 24.91

100m butterfly Chad Le Clos (RSA) 49.01; Alicia Coutts (AUS) 55.30**

200m butterfly Chad Le Clos (RSA) 1:50.33; Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 2:04.03

100m IM          Kosuke Hagino (JPN) 51.58; Katinka Hosszu (HUN) & Alicia Coutts (AUS) 57.53

200m IM          Kosuke Hagino (JPN) 1:51.50**; Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 2:04.52

400m IM          Chad Le Clos (RSA) 3:59.23; Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 4:25.97

Mixed 4x50m free        Australia 1:29.61*

Mixed 4x50m medley  Australia 1:37.84*

* World record

** World Cup record

 

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