PHOENIX, Arizona, October 2. THE first day of the Dubai stop on the FINA World Cup circuit concluded just a few hours ago, and we're seeing some familiar names rake in the cash. Katinka Hosszu swam the 800 free, 200 free, 200 IM and 200 back … and won the first three and finished third in the 200 back, winning $5,000 in less than two hours' time. Hosszu is making the most of her first full season as a postgraduate swimmer, just seven months after her final NCAA race for the University of Southern California.
Therese Alshammar, last year's overall winner on the women's side, won two events today: the 100 fly and 50 free. Chad Le Clos, who won the men's division last year in the World Cup, is swimming a different schedule in Dubai than he did last year. Le Clos only swam the 50 and 200 fly events today, winning in a close battle over Japan's Daiya Seto in the 200 and placing second in the 50 fly. Le Clos swam six races last year in Dubai and won all six in his run toward the overall win. Now, he has some work to do to overtake Seto in the standings after Seto won the 400 IM and placed second in the 200 fly and 200 breast.
We have a complete rundown of the first day of competition from Dubai on our website, swimmingworld.com.
The global swimming community today is mourning the loss of Nick Thierry, who for more than 20 years was the official statistician for FINA. Thierry is the man who came up with the FINA points system, which awards points to swims based on how close they are to the average of the top eight times in history. This system is used regularly to determine the top swimmer in international competitions, such as the world championships. Thierry founded Swim Canada Magazine in 1974, changing the name to SwimNews a few years later.