STOCKHOLM, Sweden, December 30. AFTER a nearly two-month hiatus, the FINA World Cup Series is set to resume in a little more than two weeks with the European Zone competitions. At the end of last year, the World Cup circuit made stops in Durban, South Africa, Sydney and Daejon, South Korea. Those three meets constituted the Asia, Oceania and Africa Zone.
The European leg kicks off January 17-18 in Stockholm, Sweden and then moves to Berlin for competition from January 21-22. The Berlin meet, annually, is one of the fastest of the World Cup Tour. In 2004, it was the site of Ed Moses’ world-record swim of 2:02.92 in the 200 breaststroke. Following Berlin, the European leg will move to Moscow for action from January 25-26.
After the European action concludes, the Americas Zone will take center stage. From January 3-4, some of the top swimmers in the world will compete at the Nassau County Aquatic Center in Long Island, New York. The facility was the host of the 2004 NCAA Men’s Championships. After New York, the World Cup Series is scheduled to wrap up in Belo Hoizonte, Brazil from January 10-12.