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Swimming: Le Clos, Hosszu continue World Cup gold rush in Singapore

Chad le Clos after beating his own world record in the men’s 200-metre butterfly in Singapore, one of five gold medals he won in the sixth leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup series ahead of Tokyo and Beijing. Photos: AFP.

Chad le Clos after beating his own world record in the men’s 200-metre butterfly in Singapore, one of five gold medals he won in the sixth leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup series ahead of Tokyo and Beijing. Photos: AFP.

November 7, 2013: South African Chad Le Clos and Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu continued their gold rush in this year’s FINA Swimming World Cup when they each bagged five golds at the sixth stop of the series in Singapore, which finished on Wednesday.

 

Le Clos, 21, bettered his own world record in the 200m butterfly on the opening night (1:48.56) for the meet’s best result (1,015 points) and also won gold in the 50m and 100m butterfly, 200m freestyle and 200m individual medley (IM) during the two-day competition. Vladimir Morozov of Russia and American Eugene Godsoe each won three golds.

 

Le Clos, who leads the men’s series, now has 17 golds to his name for an overall tally of 25 medals, while women’s leader Hosszu maintains her ‘golden girl’ status with 43 medals, 25 of them gold.

 

Katinka Hosszu on her way to victory in the women's 400m individual medley, one of five gold medals she won in Singapore. Photo: AFP.

Katinka Hosszu on her way to victory in the women’s 400m individual medley, one of five golds she won in Singapore.

The ‘Iron lady’ from Hungary continued her dominance in the medley events, winning the 100m, 200m and 400m races, ensuring she claimed six straight wins over the 200m and 400m IM in the series. Hosszu, 24, also won the 100m backstroke and 100m butterfly.

 

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson took out both the 50m and 100m breaststroke events and her winning time of 28.94 over the short distance earned the meet’s top score among women with 985 points.

 

Claiming their first World Cup series wins in Singapore were 100m world champion Cate Campbell of Australia (50m and 100m freestyle), Franziska Hentke of Germany (200m butterfly), Thomas Fraser-Holmes of Australia (400m IM) and Eugene Godsoe of the USA (50m, 100m and 200m backstroke).

 

The Australian quartet of Robert Hurley, Christian Sprenger, Alicia Coutts and Cate Campbell set the world record in the mixed 4x50m medley relay during the heats (1:39.08) before improving their own mark in the finals with a time of 1:38.02.

 

Local hope Tao Li picked up silver in the women’s 50m butterfly, her seventh medal in the series so far. A record 281 swimmers (162 men and 119 women) took part in Singapore, which was hosting a leg of the World Cup for a seventh time.

 

The final legs of the World Cup will be held in Tokyo from November 9-10 and Beijing from November 13-14.

 

FINA Swimming World Cup 2013 – Leg 6, Singapore

Event                 Men                                                            Women

50m free         Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 20.78           Cate Campbell (AUS) 23.85

100m free       Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 45.67           Cate Campbell (AUS) 51.67

200m free       Chad Le Clos (RSA) 1:42.29                         Emma McKeon (AUS) 1:52.40

400m free       Robert Hurley (AUS) 3:38.68                         Lauren Boyle (NZL) 4:00.78

800m free       –                                                           Lauren Boyle (NZL) 8:10.80

1500m free     Myles Brown (RSA) 14:56.94            -

50m back        Eugene Godsoe (USA) 23.12            Emily Seebohm (AUS) 26.70

100m back      Eugene Godsoe (USA) 50.21            Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 57.04

200m back      Eugene Godsoe (USA) 1:50.56         Daryna Zevina (UKR) 2:02.32

50m breast    Roland Schoeman (RSA) 25.68         Alia Atkinson (JAM) 28.94

100m breast Daniel Gyurta (HUN) 57.31                Alia Atkinson (JAM) 1:03.48

200m breast Daniel Gyurta (HUN) 2:02.62             Iuliia Efimova (RUS) 2:18.33

50m fly           Chad Le Clos (RSA) 22.24                Sarah Sjoestroem (SWE) 25.34

100m fly         Chad Le Clos (RSA) 50.04                Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 56.58

200m fly         Chad Le Clos (RSA) 1:48.56 * **       Franziska Hentke (GER) 2:04.42

100m IM          Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 51.36           Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 58.29

200m IM          Chad Le Clos (RSA) 1:53.36                         Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 2:05.33

400m IM          Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS) 4:01.98          Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 4:27.60

Mixed 4x50m free                Brazil, 1:31.20

Mixed 4x50m medley          Australia, 1:38.02* **

 

FINA Swimming World Cup 2013 – Overall ranking

South African Chad Le Clos stretched his lead in the FINA Swimming World Cup. Photo: FINA.

South African Chad Le Clos stretched his lead in the FINA Swimming World Cup. Photo: FINA.

Men
: 1. Chad LE CLOS (RSA) – 436 points; 2. Vladimir MOROZOV (RUS) – 303 points; 3. Robert HURLEY (AUS) – 216 points

Women
: 1. Katinka HOSSZU (HUN) – 675 points; 2. Alia ATKINSON (JAM) – 228 points; 3. Mireia BELMONTE (ESP) – 214 points

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