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Aquatics: Le Clos, Hosszu win FINA Swimming World Cup series

South African star Chad Le Clos, 21, won his second FINA Swimming World Cup series title in three years after winning 24 gold medals in eight meets. Photos: AFP.

South African star Chad Le Clos, 21, won his second FINA Swimming World Cup series title in three years after winning 24 gold medals in eight meets. Photos: AFP.

November 15, 2013: Chad Le Clos of South Africa and Katinka Hosszu of Hungary both secured their second FINA Swimming World Cup series crown as this year’s eighth and final meet concluded at Beijing’s iconic Water Cube on Thursday. Both won US$100,000 from a total series purse of US$2,218,000.

 

Russia’s Vladimir Morozov and Robert Hurley of Australia were second and third respectively in the men’s series, while Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson and Mireia Belmonte of Spain trailed Hosszu in the women’s.

 

Le Clos, 21, won his first series title in 2011 and claimed his second after three golds in Beijing – in the 100m and 200m butterfly and 200m individual medley (IM) – gave him a 2013 tally of 24 golds, eight silvers and three bronzes for a total of 35 medals.

 

‘Iron Lady’ Hosszu, 24, won the 200m free and 200m IM in Beijing to total 55 medals this year – comprising 32 gold, 12 silver and 11 bronze – and successfully defend her crown.

 

Le Clos, in the men’s 200m butterfly, and Hosszu, in the women’s 200m IM, were among four swimmers who won in Beijing to remain unbeaten in a single event through eight meets.

 

Katinka ‘Iron Lady’ Hosszu, 24, successful defended her World Cup crown after a series in which she broke world records for the 100m, 200m and 400m individual medley.

Katinka ‘Iron Lady’ Hosszu, 24, successful defended her World Cup crown after a series in which she broke world records for the 100m, 200m and 400m individual medley.

Roland Schoeman, Le Clos’ fellow South African, won eight golds in the men’s 50m breaststroke, while Daryna Zevina of Ukraine was equally dominant in the women’s 200m backstroke.

 

Other men shining at the Water Cube included American Eugene Godsoe, who swept the three backstroke events, Australia’s Thomas Fraser-Holmes, victorious in the 200m and 400m freestyle and 400m IM, and Daniel Gyurta of Hungary, first in the 100m and 200m breaststroke.

 

Among the women, Belmonte bagged three golds – in the 800m freestyle, 400m IM and 200m butterfly – and a bronze in the 400m freestyle, while Atkinson was victorious in the 50m and 100m breaststroke and picked up silver in the 100m IM. Australian Alicia Coutts won the 100m IM and 100m butterfly and silver in the 200m IM, while Chinese teenager Shao Yiwen won the 400m freestyle.

 

Morozov was the top scorer among men in Beijing with a swift 50.97 in the 100m IM that earned him 984 points, while Hosszu’s performance in the 200m IM (2:05.07) earned 988 points

 

Le Clos and Hosszu topped the best race performances in the entire series. Le Clos received 1,015 points after breaking his own world record in the 200m butterfly by clocking 1:48.56 in Singapore, while Hosszu’s world record time of 2:03.20 in the 200m IM in Eindhoven scored 1,034 points.

 

This year’s series featured 23 world records (10 relay and 13 individual) and 33 World Cup records, with 83 men and 76 women from 30 nations winning medals. Beijing marked the 200th World Cup meet since the launch of the competition in 1989.

 

FINA Swimming World Cup 2013 (8th meet) – Beijing, China; November 13-14

Event              Men’s champion; Women’s champion

50m free         Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 20.91;  Cate Campbell (AUS) 23.65

100m free       Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 45.88;  Cate Campbell (AUS) 51.59

200m free       Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS) 1:43.09;  Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 1:53.82

400m free       Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS) 3:39.86;  Shao Yiwen (CHN) 3:58.92

800m free (w)            Mireia Belmonte (ESP) 8:07.59

1500m free (m)          Myles Brown (RSA) 14:41.63

50m back        Eugene Godsoe (USA) 23.07;  Elizabeth Simmonds (GBR) 26.83

100m back      Eugene Godsoe (USA) 50.15;  Emily Seebohm (AUS) 57.22

200m back      Eugene Godsoe (USA) 1:51.29;  Daryna Zevina (UKR) 2:01.47

50m breast    Roland Schoeman (RSA) 25.95;  Alia Atkinson (JAM) 29.20

100m breast  Daniel Gyurta (HUN) 57.34;  Alia Atkinson (JAM) 1:03.81

200m breast  Daniel Gyurta (HUN) 2:03.09;  Mio Motegi (JPN) 2:20.23

50m fly           Nicholas Santos (BRA) 22.13;  Sarah Sjoestroem (SWE) 25.24

100m fly         Chad Le Clos (RSA) 49.41;  Alicia Coutts (AUS) 56.00

200m fly         Chad Le Clos (RSA) 1:51.70;  Mireia Belmonte (ESP) 2:04.20

100m IM          Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 50.97;  Alicia Coutts (AUS) 58.08

200m IM          Chad Le Clos (RSA) 1:52.60;  Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 2:05.34

400m IM          Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS) 4:04.05;  Mireia Belmonte (ESP) 4:25.23

Mixed 4 x 50m free             Australia, 1:30.52

Mixed 4 x 50m medley        Australia, 1:38.23

 

 

FINA Swimming World Cup 2013 – series ranking

Men

Swimmer (Country)                Points  Prize money

1. Chad Le Clos (RSA)          574      US$100,000;

2. Vladimir Morozov (RUS)     414      US$50,000

3. Robert Hurley (AUS)          285      US$30,000

 

Women

1. Katinka Hosszu (HUN)       840      US$100,000

2. Alia Atkinson (JAM)             288      US$50,000

3. Mireia Belmonte (ESP)        280      US$30,000

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