Petra Chocova Shines at Arena Prague Cup

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, May 31. PLENTY of doubles occurred on the first night of true finals at the Arena Prague Cup, but Petra Chocova proved to have one of the fastest pairs of swims of the night.

Petra Chocova matched Lucy Uiberreiter in the women’s 50-meter fly as the duo posted matching 27.76s for the win. Barbora Janickova took third overall in 29.18. Chocova had one of the top swims of the night in the women’s 50-meter breast as she won in 31.35. That’s just outside the top 20 in the world currently anchored by Fiona Doyle’s 31.32 from the Canadian National Championships. Eva Jordova finished second in 33.08 with Christina Nothdurfter picking up third in 33.25.

South Africa’s Giulio Zorzi, one of the featured international swimmers here at the event, blazed his way to a win in the men’s 50-meter breast with a time of 27.91. He had already been faster with a 27.73 during qualifying yesterday, that put him tied for 18th in the SwimVortex world rankings. Matej Kuchar took second tonight in 28.88 with Jan Kutil placing third in 29.58.

Tobias Horn clinched the men’s 400-meter free crown in 3:57.42 with David Brandl winding up second in 3:58.01. Jan Micka snared third in 4:01.45. Horn doubled up tonight with a 2:03.93 in the men’s 200-meter fly. Tomas Havranek took second in 2:05.04 with Ondrej Baumrt earning third overall in 2:08.59.

Barbora Zavadova put up a 4:46.76 to win the women’s 400-meter IM by nearly 10 seconds. Jordis Steinegger captured a second podium for the day with a 4:54.76 for second. Tereza Horakova finished third in 5:01.77. Zavadova’s second win of the night came by way of a 2:16.69 in the women’s 200-meter back. Steinegger tracked down a third podium with a 2:17.97 for second, while Nikola Schorkhuber (2:24.94) placed third.

In a close call, Sebastian Steffan edged Jan Kutnik for the men’s 400-meter IM title, 4:33.88 to 4:34.05. Filip Chrapavy wound up third in 4:38.79. Alena Benesova beat younger sister Anna-Maria Benesova for the women’s 400-meter free title, 4:26.95 to 4:27.79. Jordis Steinegger claimed third in 4:28.07.

Jan Sefl grabbbed the men’s 50-meter fly title in 24.47 with Tomas Plevko leading a trio of To/amas’ in the next three sports. Plevko took second in 25.12 with Tomas Havranek (25.45) and Tamas Hajtman (25.55) touching third and fourth.

Tereza Grusova took down the women’s 50-meter back title in 30.04 with Lucie Svecena earning second in 30.56. Noemi Nagy claimed third in 30.89. Julien Klein tracked down the men’s 50-meter back victory in 27.59 with Roman Dmytrijev taking second in 27.81. Felix Eigel wound up third in 28.53.

Lisa Zaiser hit the wall in 2:17.57 to win the women’s 200-meter fly, while Alena Benesova took second in 2:18.65. Dominika Smutna picked up third overall in 2:26.62. Anna Kolarova clipped Lucy Uiberreiter, 26.32 to 26.44, for the women’s 50-meter free win. Sabina Dostalova touched third in 26.86.

The Tomas/Tamas trio was at it again in the men’s 50-meter free. Tomas Plevko won in 23.78 with Tomas Havranek (23.97) and Tamas Hajtman (24.19) finishing second and third in the men’s splash-and-dash.

In the only two finals from day one, Martina Elhenicka won the women’s 1500-meter free in 17:06.30. Alena Benesova took second in 17:14.26 with Barbora Pickova finishing third in 17:15.00. Jan Kutnik followed with a 15:50.55 to win the men’s 1500-meter free. Roman Dmytriev (15:51.50) and Jan Micka (15:54.73) touched second and third.

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Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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