PHOENIX, Arizona, October 7. THE first day of finals at the Dubai stop of the FINA world cup is complete, and Chad Le Clos was the only triple winner today.
The South African teen won the 400 IM in 4:04.58, then returned to win the 200 fly in 1:52.55 and the 100 IM in 53.48. Le Clos earned $4,500 today in about 90 minutes. Marco Koch of Germany also picked up big earnings today, winning the men’s 50 breast in 27.51 and the 200 breast in 2:04.97, then placed third in the 400 IM to earn $3,500. Jason Dunford of Kenya almost earned a double after winning the 100 free, but was disqualified in the final event of the night, the 50 fly. China and Japan won most of the events on the women’s side today, though the Dutch duo of Marleen Veldhuis and Ranomi Kromowidjojo stole the show in the women’s 50 free, giving the Netherlands a 1-2 finish.
Swimming wraps up in Dubai tomorrow with Le Clos looking to add more victories to his tally and put himself in position to chase for that $100,000 grand prize at the end of the series. We’ll keep you updated on the meet at swimmingworld.com.
Alex Meyer released a statement to Swimming World yesterday explaining why he is not competing in the 10K race at the Pan American Games. In an email, Meyer said he’s got an injury that would keep him from performing at his best in Mexico. Also, with the 10K race scheduled to take place on October 22, Meyer wanted to spend the day with the Crippen family as they prepare to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Fran Crippen’s death. Meyer has bigger fish to fry than the Pan Am 10K: namely, the Olympic 10K in about 10 months.
Lots of college teams are kicking off their dual meet season this weekend. All the universities in Florida are gathering in Gainesville for the All-Florida Invite. The meet is prelims/finals and will feature world champion Elizabeth Beisel and world championship team member Teresa Crippen from Florida.
While Texas Christian University mulls over the option of switching to the Big 12 conference, the Horned Frog swim teams get their season started today with a meet against Centenary College of Louisiana. And the Arizona Wildcats’ women’s team kicks off their season with a meet against Kansas. All these meets will be recapped this weekend on our college channel at swimmingworld.com.
An interesting Duel in the Pool is taking place tomorrow. Swimmers from Iceland and the Faroe Islands will meet to determine which is the better country, at least in the pool. On paper, the tiny nation of the Faroe Islands has the advantage, on the strength of Pal Joensen, who placed fourth in the 1500 free at the world championships. We will let you know who wins the meet on our world channel at swimmingworld.com.
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