SINGAPORE, November 5. THE FINA World Cup point leaders Katinka Hosszu and Chad Le Clos both put on a show tonight with title trifectas during the final night at the Singapore stop.
Men’s 1500 free
South Africa’s Myles Brown paced himself throughout the mile alongside Hungary’s Gergely Gyurta for most of the swim before making his move down the final 100-meters to pull off the victory. At the 1400-meter mark, the two both turned at 13:58 before Brown knocked a second of Gyurta’s pace the last two splits with a 29.44 and 28.75 en route to a 14:56.94 for the win. Brown has been much faster this year with a second-ranked 14:30.54 from Eindhoven, but he didn’t need that type of speed tonight.
Gyurta, meanwhile, wound up taking second in 14:58.43 as the only other swimmer to break 15:00 in the finale. Brazil’s Luiz Rogerio Lima Arapiraca wound up third in 15:08.59.
Singapore’s Zhen Ren Teo (15:19.30), Malaysia’s Jeau Zhi Lee (15:33.62), Singapore’s Sheng Jun Pang (15:39.82), Taipei’s Cheng-Chi Cho (15:41.53) and Russia’s Alexander Kudashev (15:41.99) rounded out the top eight in the timed final event.
Women’s 400 IM
World Cup Queen Katinka Hosszu started her night off right with a winning time of 4:27.60. Although that’s nearly a full seven seconds off her world record from the Berlin stop, it was good enough for her third gold of the meet thus far. With the win, Hosszu continued to pile up the all-important World Cup points as she keeps on target to win more than $300,000 this year from the tour.
Great Britain’s Hannah Miley raced into second with a 4:28.75 to move to second in the world rankings, ahead of Zsuzsanna Jakabos’ 4:29.42 from Berlin. That’s just how amazing Hosszu’s world record was in Berlin this year, considering second in the rankings is eight seconds back.
Spain’s Mireia Belmonte touched third in 4:28.90, moving to fourth in the rankings as she bettered her previous season best of 4:30.05 from the Dubai stop.
Germany’s Theresa Michalak (4:34.28), Japan’s Sakiko Shimizu (4:34.69), Canada’s Sydney Pickrem (4:44.40), Singapore’s Jing Tan (4:55.97) and Malaysia’s Nadia Adrianna Redza Goh (4:57.57) also made the top eight in the timed final event.
Women’s 100 free
Australia’s Cate Campbell has been on point thus far here in Singapore. After a strong 50 free last night, including an Australian record in that event, Campbell returned with a scorching 51.67 to win the 100 free this evening. That vaulted her to second in the world this year behind only Ranomi Kromowidjojo’s 51.28 from the Berlin stop. Campbell’s preliminary time of 53.02 had moved her to ninth, but she’s definitely in the mix for the top in the world this year.
Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, who now stands third in the world with a 51.93 from the Moscow stop, cruised to silver with a 52.14, while Australia’s Emma McKeon touched third in 52.21. McKeon had already dropped a 51.99 to rank fourth in the world with her swim from Eindhoven.
Great Britain’s Fran Halsall (52.72), China’s Tang Yi (53.67), The Netherlands’ Inge Dekker (53.72), Brazil’s Larissa Oliveira (54.18) and Australia’s Chelsea Gillett (54.46) finished fourth through eighth in the finale.
Men’s 200 free
South Africa’s Chad Le Clos, fresh off an amazing world record and barrier-breaking swim in the 200 fly last night, threw down a 25.22 down the stretch to snatch the men’s 200 free title in 1:42.29. Le Clos, who had not been in the top 10 in the event this year, jumped all the way up to third in the rankings behind only Yannick Agnel (1:41.26) and Conor Dwyer (1:41.30) as the South African continued to shine with his third gold medal so far.
Australia’s Thomas Fraser-Holmes had led for the bulk of the swim before Le Clos powered past him down the stretch as the Aussie settled for silver with a 1:42.47. That was still good enough to move to fourth in the world rankings with the effort.
Australia’s Bobby Hurley touched out Poland’s Pawel Korzeniowski, 1:43.44 to 1:43.77, for the final podium spot. Both have been faster this year with Hurley owning a 1:43.17 from Berlin and Korzeniowski clocking a 1:42.86 in Berlin as well.
South Africa’s Myles Brown (1:45.41), Australia’s Regan Leong (1:45.54), Singapore’s Zheng Wen Quah (1:46.37) ad Great Britain’s James Guy (1:46.48) also vied for the title this evening.
Women’s 50 breast
Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson made history as she became the first swimmer from her country to break 29 seconds in the event with a stunning 28.94 for the win. She previously had held the record with a 29.25 from the Doha stop of the FINA World Cup, but tonight she made a serious run at Jessica Hardy’s world record of 28.80 from the Berlin stop of the 2009 FINA World Cup.
Atkinson now stands second in the world behind Ruta Meilutyte’s 28.89 from the Moscow stop, and has been a revelation on the World Cup tour this year. One of the best things about the FINA World Cup each year is that swimmers like Atkinson have breakthroughs and become worldwide household names within the swimming community.
Russia’s Yuliya Efimova, who helped push the women’s long course breaststroke to another level this summer in Barcelona, wound up second in 29.25 — just off her third-ranked season best of 29.22 from Doha. Germany’s Dorothea Brandt raced to this in 30.39.
Germany’s Theresa Michalak (30.55), Great Britain’s Sophie Allen (31.13), Japan’s Mio Motegi (31.16), Japan’s Miho Teramura (31.42) and Malaysia’s Christina Loh (31.99) all broke 32 seconds to round out the finale.
Men’s 100 breast
Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta, who ranks second in the world with a 56.79 from the Berlin stop, moved his way to the title with a 57.31 in the finale. Meanwhile, the Sizzling Siberian Vlad Morozov had one of his few non-gold medal moments as he clocked a 57.67 for silver. Morozov also has been faster this year with a fourth-ranked time of 57.53 from the Doha stop of the World Cup.
Brazil’s Felipe Lima, meanwhile, grabbed the final podium spot with a 58.29 for third-place honors. That swim pushed him to ninth in the world rankings, just ahead of Barry Murphy’s 58.31 from the Berlin stop, but well behind Kenneth To’s 58.05 from Doha.
Brazil’s Raphael Rodrigues (58.61), Japan’s Kazuki Kohinata (59.22), Germany’s Hendrik Feldwehr (59.42), Great Britain’s Michael Jamieson (59.77) and Brazil’s Henrique Barbosa (1:00.76) finished fourth through eighth.
Men’s 100 fly
South Africa’s Chad Le Clos continued his remarkable meet here in Singapore with his fourth gold medal so far. He claimed the 100 fly title in 50.04 after throwing down a 26.23 final split to move from fourth to first. He’s been much faster this year with a second-ranked 49.05 from the Doha stop, but it was plenty enough to earn him all-important World Cup points as he looks for the big prize at the end of the season.
Poland’s Konrad Czerniak also had a strong backhalf with a 26.37 en route to a 50.09 for second after turning third at the wall. Australia’s Tommaso D’Orsogna held on to his early speed to take third in 50.86, while Brazil’s Nicholas Santos could not hold up after leading with a 23.54 at the 50 as he faded to fourth in 51.70.
Russia’s Viacheslav Prudnikov (51.75), Japan’s Kenta Hirai (51.88), Brazil’s Lucas Salatta (52.42) and Japan’s Ko Fukaya (52.96) rounded out the championship heat.
Women’s 100 back
While she likely won’t ever have an eight gold medal performance like she did last year during the FINA World Cup, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu has been pretty dominant here in Singapore this week as she captured her fourth gold medal with a 57.04 in the 100 back. That broke her Hungarian record of 57.49 from the Doha stop, and jumped her to fourth in the world rankings as she continues her march to becoming the best female short course swimmer ever.
Australia’s Emily Seebohm raced her way to second in 57.23, off her second-ranked season best of 56.59 from Berlin, while Great Britain’s Elizabeth Simmonds touched third in 57.58 to move to eighth in the world rankings.
Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina (57.61), Australia’s Madison Wilson (57.78), Canada’s Hilary Caldwell (59.10), China’s Xu Tianglongzi (59.63) and China’s Gao Chang (1:03.42) finished fourth through eighth in the finale.
Men’s 50 back
USA’s Eugene Godsoe moved to third in the world in the sprint dorsal with a top time of 23.12. That swim put him behind only Jeremy Stravius (22.99) and Bobby Hurley (23.08) so far this year as Godsoe joined the circuit for the first time this year.
Hurley, meanwhile, checked in with a 23.26 to take silver as he continued to amass World Cup points as the World Cup veteran is looking to earn some big money during the Asian cluster. Brazil’s Guilherme Guido finished third overall in 23.53 to move to fourth in the world.
Australia’s Mitch Larkin (23.64) Brazil’s Daniel Orzechowski (23.99), Brazil’s Nelson Silva Jr. (24.31) and Australia’s Regan Leong (25.10) took fourth through seventh, while Australia’s Ashley Delaney scratched the finale.
Women’s 200 fly
Through 150 meters, it looked like Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu was on her way to an epic third straight gold medal. Franziska Hentke, however, had different plans as her consistent stroke denied Hosszu of a third win with a 2:04.42 for the title. Hosszu looked like she ran into a brick wall down the stretch, as she wound up with a 2:04.69 as Hentke beat her in the final 50 31.88 to 32.96.
Hentke has been a bit faster with a fourth-ranked 2:04.33 from the Berlin stop, while Hosszu leads the world with a sterling 2:03.05 from the Eindhoven stop.
Spain’s Mireia Belmonte rounded out the podium with a third-place 2:06.97, while Great Britain’s Sophie Allen took fourth in 2:08.71.
Canada’s Katerine Savard (2:09.39), Singapore’s Jing Tan (2:16.44), Malaysia’s Siew Hui Yap (2:16.71) and Singapore’s Elysia Marie Chong (2:22.56) also made the finale.
Men’s 200 IM
Outside of his world record in the 200 fly, South Africa’s Chad Le Clos isn’t posting stunning times this week in Singapore, but he certainly is doing enough to pile up the cash and the World Cup points. For the third time this evening, Le Clos earned the right to the top of the podium with a 1:53.36 in the 200 IM. That’s a full second back of his second-ranked 1:52.11 from Berlin, but was a full second ahead of Thomas Fraser-Holmes for the win tonight.
Fraser-Holmes checked in with a 1:54.60 for second to move to seventh in the world rankings, while Brazil’s Henrique Rodrigues took third overall in 1:55.08 for eighth in the world rankings as well.
Australia’s Travis Mahoney (1:55.94), Poland’s Pawel Korzeniowski (1:56.06), Brazil’s Fernando Silva (1:57.31), Great Britain’s Roberto Pavoni (1:57.83) and Japan’s Takeharu Fujimori (1:58.15) wrapped up the rest of the finale.
Women’s 400 free
New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle overhauled the field down the final 100 meters en route to winning in 4:00.78. She had stood second at the 300, but wound up with a second-and-a-half win after clocking a 30.39 and 30.41 down the stretch.
Spain’s Melanie Costa held off a hard-charging Mireia Belmonte for silver with a 4:02.24, while Belmonte took third in 4:02.70 despite a scorching 29.12 final split.
Great Britain’s Hannah Miley (4:03.38), Germany’s Sarah Kohler (4:06.75), Australia’s Emma McKeon (4:07.21), Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina (4:11.97) and Singapore’s Rachel Marjorie Tseng (4:16.16) also competed in the finale.
Men’s 50 free
He didn’t have his top-end speed like his top-ranked 20.59 from the Moscow stop, but the Sizzling Siberian Vlad Morozov certainly had enough in the tank to put on a show here in Singapore with a scorching 20.78 for the win. He won the finale by nearly half-a-second, a gigantic margin in a 50.
Trinidad and Tobago’s George Bovell collected silver with a 21.20, just off his fourth-ranked 21.00 from Eindhoven, while USA’s Anthony Ervin snared third in 21.26 to comprise the rest of the podium.
South Africa’s Roland Schoeman (21.36), Brazil’s Nicholas Santos (21.40), Poland’s Konrad Czerniak (21.47), Australia’s Tomasso D’Orsogna (21.59) and The Netherlands’ Jasper Van Mierlo (21.80) completed a stacked finale in the sprint freestyle event.
Women’s 200 breast
Russia’s Yuliya Efimova, following what has become a theme this evening, turned up the heat in the final 50 meters to win the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:18.33. She had trailed at the 150, but sizzled with a 34.64 final split en route to the win. The swim bettered her already second-ranked season best of 2:18.50 from the Moscow stop.
Japan’s Mio Motegi, who had lead throughout the race, wound up second in 2:18.63 to move to third in the world ahead of Rie Kaneto’s 2:18.66 from the Eindhoven stop. Great Britain’s Sophie Allen managed to take third in 2:23.36, well back of the top two finishers but good enough to finish in the money.
Great Britain’s Hannah Miley (2;25.21), Thailand’s Phiangkhwan Pawapotako (2:28.56), Malaysia’s Christina Loh (2:31.86), Malaysia’s Nadia Goh (2:32.57) and Taipei’s Ling-Syuan Tseng (2:32.86) also swam in the finale.
Women’s 100 IM
After a surprising silver in the 200 fly, the Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu fought tooth-and-nail to win her third gold of the night with a touchout triumph ahead of Australia’s Alicia Coutts in the sprint medley.
Hosszu trailed at the 50 by .19 seconds, but managed to capture a 58.29 to 58.32 win in the finale for his third win of the night and fifth overall of the two-day meet. She’s been faster this year with the world record 57.45 in Berlin, but Coutts managed to move to second in the world with her time
Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson kept on a roll as she earned bronze with a 58.42 after turning seventh at the 50-meter mark.
Australia’s Emily Seebohm (59.23), Germany’s Theresa Michalak (59.78), Great Britain’s Siobhan Marie O’Connor (59.93), Great Britain’s Elizabeth Simmonds (59.99) and Japan’s Miho Teramura (1:00.90) finished fourth through eighth.
Men’s 200 back
USA’s Eugene Godsoe closed out what was a profitable night with another win as he clocked a 1:50.56 in the distance dorsal. That swim pushed him to fourth in the world behind Radoslaw Kawecki (1:47.63), Tyler Clary (1:48.60) and Ashley Delaney (1:50.47) as Godsoe continues to put together a strong post-graduate career.
Australia’s Mitch Larkin took second in 1:51.67, while Japan’s Yuki Shirai wound up third in 1:51.74.
Australia’s Travis Mahoney (1:52.45), Brazil’s Nelson Silva Jr. (1:57.33), Singapore’s Zheng Wen Quah (1:58.22), Great Britain’s Roberto Pavoni (1:58.47) and Taipei’s Shih-Chieh Lin (2:01.39) made up the rest of the championship field.
Women’s 50 fly
Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom closed out the individual events in Singapore with a 25.34 to win the sprint fly finale. That swim jumped her to second in the world in the event behind only Jeanette Ottesen (24.87), and ahead of Singapore’s own Li Tao, who clocked a 25.43 in Eindhoven.
Tao could not replicate her Eindhoven speed as she wound up taking second here in Singapore with a 25.57, while Australia’s Emma McKeon finished third in 25.81.
The Netherlands’ Inge Dekker (25.87), Great Britain’s Fran Halsall (25.89), Australia’s Alicia Coutts (26.84), Germany’s Dorothea Brandt (26.85) and Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu (27.21) comprised the rest of the championship heat.
Mixed 200 free relay
The Brazilian foursome of Nicholas Oliveira, Fernando Silva, Larissa Oliveira and Graciele Herrmann just missed the world record in the mixed gender freestyle relay.
Oliveira (21.59), Silva (21.26), Oliveira (24.26) and Herrmann (24.09) posted a time of 1:31.20, just missing the world record set by France at the Doha stop with a 1:31.14. Albeit, that’s not the fastest legal time ever in the event as Matt Abood (21.21), James Magnussen (20.64), Brittany Elmslie (23.97), and Emma McKeon (23.49) posted a 1:29.31 at the Eindhoven stop of the World Cup this year prior to FINA officially recognizing world records in this event in September.
Australia’s Regan Leong, Travis Mahoney, Brittany Elmslie and Emma McKeon took second tonight in 1:32.75, while Australia’s Mitch Larkin, Thomas Fraser-Holmes, Chelsea Gillett and Madison Wilson placed third in 1:34.78.
China (1:35.10), Singapore (1:35.73), Australia (1:36.46) and Japan (1:36.50) also swam in the finale.