BEIJING, China, November 2. IT was an exciting first day for World Cup swimmers and fans in the Beijing Water Cube. There were strong showings from the Chinese and Australians, with notable swims by China's Ye Shiwen in the 200 IM and the Australian trio of Tomasso D'Orsogna, Cameron McEvoy and Kenneth To, who monopolized the medals in the 100 freestyle. The second day boasts a different slate of events, and new opportunities for athletes to win medals and cash.
Australia's Kenneth To, leader in the World Cup rankings for the men appears excited for day two, and Tweeted out his second-day schedule:
Close 100m IM again, great race, very fortunate to come out on top! Looking forward to 100m fly/ 200m IM double tomorrow.. #finaworldcup
? Kenneth To (@kennethkhto) November 2, 2012
One of the must-see races tomorrow is the women's 400IM. Although Katinka Hosszu is seeded first in the event by a considerable margin, and has been dominant in the event since the start of the series, Ye Shiwen will provide pressure from lane one. Ye won Olympic gold and broke the world record in the long course version of event in London. If Ye breaks the SCM 400IM world record in tomorrow's finals, she'll take home some serious cash ($10,000) and threaten Hosszu's lead for the women.
Although this Tweet from George Bovell is from several weeks ago, it speaks volumes about what World Cup enthusiasts look forward to in the men's 50 freestyle:
? GeorgeBovell (@GeorgeBovell) October 14, 2012
Bovell is seeded first in the 50, at a 20.82, swum at the World Cup meet in Stockholm, Sweden earlier in October. Ervin is seeded second with his American Record-breaking 21.21, clocked at the last World Cup meet in Berlin, Germany. Although the race takes little over twenty seconds, World Cup fans sense that the rivalry between Bovell and Ervin will make those few seconds exceptionally exciting.
Check out the heat sheets for day two below: