TOKYO, Japan, November 5. TOKYO locals are upset that they may miss parts of the live television broadcast of the World Cup Finals tonight and tomorrow. It attests to the Circuit's popularity that people are worrying around making it home in time to watch the 3pm local start time. Sounds a bit reminiscent of the Olympic broadcast, no?
The solution may be simple now that the government restrictions on social media use are lifted: check your Twitter feed! World Cup athletes and fans are back in full force on social media, with the move from the People's Republic of China to Tokyo, Japan for the second meet in the Asian leg of the circuit. Now World Cup fans in Tokyo can check social media outlets for live results updates before rushing home to catch the broadcast television version.
There are only two meets left in the 2012 World Cup circuit; four days left of swimming. In the next two days, a couple of things are certain: Katinka Hosszu will win (at least) another gold medal and George Bovell and Anthony Ervin will monopolize the podium in the men's 50 meter freestyle.
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Ye Shiwen made a brief, yet prominent, mark on the World Cup circuit by dominating the women's 200 and 400 IM in Beijing. With Ye out of the picture in Tokyo, Hosszu once again has a clear shot at the medley titles. However, Hosszu may feel pressure from Australia's Laura Crockart in the 800 freestyle, entered only half a second behind Hosszu, and bronze-medal winner in the event in Bejing. Hosszu has consistently displayed her dominance in the 800, but a first-event loss would certainly shake things up.
The Australian men will try again to monopolize the 100 freestyle. The 1-2-3 front of Tomasso D'Orsogna, Cameron McEvoy and Kenneth To is a tough nut to crack, but South Africa's Darian Townsend and the US's Anthony Ervin will attempt the feat.
The women's breaststroke events are becoming a bit of a toss-up. It was exciting to see new faces on the podium in the 100 breaststroke in Beijing. Hardy still maintains the top time in the event, swum in Berlin, at a 1:04.58. She is the top seed in the event in Tokyo, and is the most visible contender for gold.
In the men's 100 IM, Kenneth To upset George Bovell in Beijing. Now in Tokyo, Bovell may surge back with a vengeance. Whatever the outcome, the race is sure to be back-and-forth. To will be reticent to give up the win, considering Bovell is right on his tail in overall circuit points (135-112).
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