SHANGHAI, CHINA – Chinese swimmers dominated the first day of a World Cup short-course event on Tuesday, winning 13 races to leave the United States, Hungary, Mexico and Canada with just one gold each.
China’s medal haul was halted in the men’s 400m freestyle. American Chad Carvin cruised to victory, beating Hungarian Bela Szabados and Italian Gallina Moreno by at least two lengths.
Szabados, clad in a black full-body swimsuit, powered past China’s Deng Qingsong and Brazil’s Edvaldo Valerio to win the men’s 100 metre freestyle on the fourth leg of the 12-meet World Cup circuit.
Teenage sensation Qi Hui repeated her feat on the Brazil leg by winning the women’s 100m breastroke, clocking 1:07.50.
Chen Yan, a double world long-course champion, had to settle for silver after losing the 200m individual medley race to team mate Zhan Shu.
Zhang Qiang, who came third in Brazil in the men’s 50m butterfly in November, touched home first this time, edging out Hong Yuewei and Yang Jiming.
Mexican Juan Veloz snatched the men’s 200m butterfly gold from Italian Massimiliano Eroli, while Canadian Kelly Stefanyshin won the women’s 200m backstroke, both beating their closest opponents by half a second.