DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, October 2. THE second day of competition at the Dubai stop of the FINA World Cup will feature more dashes for cash among some of the top professional swimmers around the world.
Leading the way after one day of swimming is Hungary's Katinka Hosszu on the women's side and Japan's Daiya Seto in the men's division. Hosszu won three events and placed third in another to collect US$5,000 so far. Seto collected a gold and two silvers today, earning $3,500.
Hosszu could swim an astounding four events today: 400 free, 400 IM, 200 fly and 200 breast. Top three finishes in all four events could give the former University of Southern California NCAA champion a big lead in the standings — and an additional $6,000. Even in Los Angeles, that can take care of rent for a few months!
Chad Le Clos, last year's overall winner in the men's division, stands third in the points and money rankings behind Seto and Australia's Kenneth To. Le Clos appears to be taking on a lighter schedule this year. At the 2011 meet, Le Clos was a perfect 6-for-6 in events, but is only signed up for the three butterfly events this year. So far, he's amassed a gold and silver in the 200 butterfly and 50 butterfly, respectively.
Anthony Ervin's doing well, collecting $1,000 so far. And even though Thomas Shields is ineligible for prize money since he's in his senior season at UC-Berkeley, the racing experience is second to none at this time of year.
Take a look at the heat sheets for day two below, and let us know your thoughts on the competition so far in Dubai in our comments section!