Streamlined News: FINA World Cup Kicks Off With a Bang

PHOENIX, Arizona, August 7. THIS is Streamlined News for Wednesday August 7, 2013 brought to you by the web’s most popular swim shop. The FINA World Cup started off fast and furious today in Eindhoven with four separate World Records in three events. 2012 FINA World Cup Queen Katinka Hosszu collected a total of $22,500 dollars today with a pair of $10,000 world-record bonus checks along with $2,500 in race winnings.

Here’s what happened. During prelims this morning, in what proved to be a wake-up swim, Hosszu raced to a 2:04.39 for the women’s 200-meter IM global mark. That swim beat Julia Smit’s old time of 2:04.60. Shocked like the rest of the world, Hosszu tweeted after prelims, “What is going on?!” Later in the finals session, Hosszu took the record into a new dimension with an amazing 2:03.20. As predicted, keep an eye on the reigning Queen.

Meanwhile, Chad Le Clos and Ranomi Kromowidjojo also collected $10,000 world-record checks with some special swims of their own. Le Clos hit the wall in 1:49.04 to edge Kaio Almeida’s 2009 world record in the men’s 200-meter fly. Kromowidjojo then surged to a 23.24 in the women’s 50-meter freestyle to nip the previous record by 1/100th of a second.

The first day also including a bevy of Canadian records as well as an American record from Tom Shields in the 200 fly. Check for more detailed information.

In other news, Gerhard Zandberg and Swimming South Africa are in the midst of an interesting tiff. The federation, feeling confident after strong performances by Chad Le Clos and Cameron Van der Burgh in Barcelona, dropped the hammer on Zandberg. Zandberg, who had roomed with Van der Burgh in Barcelona, asked the federation if he could change rooms citing a head cold by the Olympic gold medalist breaststroker. After not hearing back for four days from South Africa, Zandberg paid for his own hotel room, staying with his girlfriend.

Well that did not please the federation. Shortly after, Swimming South Africa called a disciplinary meeting fining Zandberg and requiring a year of community service! The federation also instituted a two-year ban from the sport, although it is unclear if that sanction is enforceable. For the full story, check

That is it for today’s Streamlined News. Thanks for watching, we’ll see you tomorrow.

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