2018 FINA World Cup Beijing: Morozov, Hosszu Grab Two Wins Each To Kick Off Day One Finals

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The third cluster of the 2018 FINA Swimming World Cup series has begun in Beijing, China with twelve short course meter events slated for the first night of finals. The stop is the first of three in this cluster as swimmers may also travel to Tokyo and Singapore in the upcoming weeks.

Live Results

Women’s 400 Freestyle

China’s Li Bingjie opened the night with a victory in the women’s 400 freestyle, touching first in 3:59.20 as the only woman under 4:00 in the final. China has been dominant in this event during the World Cup, as Wang Jianjiahe set the World Cup and world record in the 400 earlier this month (3:53.97). In second was Dutch sprinter Femke Heemskerk (4:02.24), followed by China’s Liu Yaxin (4:04.30).

Men’s 400 Freestyle

China continued their strong start to the Beijing cluster with another win in the men’s 400, with Ji Xinjie taking home the gold in 3:40.82. In second was Ukrainian Mykhalio Romanchuk (3:43.32), followed by American Blake Pieroni (3:45.32).

Women’s 100 IM

Olympic gold medalist Katinka Hosszu competed in the first of her two top-seeded event in the women’s 100 IM, touching first in 57.05. That was just over half a second off her world record from the World Cup in 2017. Just behind her in second was Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom (57.71), while Australia’s Emily Seebohm was third in 58.63. Seebohm is coming off a record Australian Short Course Championships in Australia where she collected her 31st career title.

Men’s 100 IM

Russian Vlad Morozov was just over a half second off his own world record in the 100 IM, touching first in 50.84. That bested the rest of the field by almost a second. American Michael Andrew was next to the wall in 51.65, while third went to Japan’s Hiromasa Fujimori. Morozov set the current world record in this event earlier in the series in September.

Women’s 50 Backstroke

Dutch swimmer Kira Toussaint narrowly won the women’s 50 back in 26.21 over China’s Fu Yuanhui, who was second in 26.33. Seebohm earned her second bronze of the night, as she was back in the pool to grab third in 26.38.

Men’s 200 Backstroke

World Champion Xu Jiayu won the men’s 200 back over Australian Mitchell Larkin, touching in 1:49.08 to Larkin’s 1:50.72. Jiayu was out in front the whole way and never looked back, flipping six-tenths ahead of the field on the opening 50 and leading for the rest of the race. Larkin was a 1:49.07 just last week to win the Australian Short Course Championships and qualify for the Short Course World Championships in December.  

Women’s 200 Butterfly

Katinka Hosszu picked up her second win of finals in the 200 fly, charging home on the final 100 to grab the win in 2:02.88. Hosszu was second through the 100, but took the lead in the second half and was able to hold onto the win. China’s Zhang Yufei led through the first 100 but couldn’t hold on, finishing second in 2:03.33.

Men’s 100 Butterfly

Li Zhuhao continued the strong first finals session for China, taking the gold in a close 100 fly final. Turning only fourth at the wall, Li came home with a vengeance to touch first in 50.74. In second was Belarus’ Yauhen Tsurkin (50.84), while Japan’s Keita Sunama was just behind in third (50.88). Notably, Finland’s Riku Poytakivi was out first at the 50 in 23.26, but couldn’t hold on and ended up fading to sixth.

Women’s 200 Breaststroke

Olympian Yulia Efimova was on fire tonight after cruising through the morning, touching first tonight in 2:16.98 to grab the win in the 200 breast. Behind her was Russian teammate Vitalina Simonova, the only other woman to break 2:20 in the field (2:19.86). Olympic gold medalist Ye Shiwen dropped from her top seeded time this morning, but ended up fourth in the final here in 2:21.90, while Hosszu added considerably from her morning swim to finish sixth in 2:29.69.

Men’s 100 Breaststroke

Russian Kirill Prigoda was the top finisher in the men’s 100 breast after turning just third at the 50 wall. Prigoda was tied with China’s Yan Zibei halfway through the race with matching 26.73’s before coming home with the only sub-30 second closing 50 split to grab the win in 56.61. Yan was right behind him in 57.01, while Belarus’ Ilya Shymanovich was third in 57.10. Notably, American Michael Andrew led the race at the 50 in 26.59, but faded badly down the stretch to finish seventh in 57.91.

Women’s 50 Freestyle

World record holder Ranomi Kromowidjojo was the top finisher in the women’s 50 freestyle, touching first in 23.48 to earn the gold. Just behind her was Sjostrom, who earned her second silver medal of the night in 23.54. Heemskerk followed up her gold medal in the 400 free with a bronze in the 50 here, getting on the podium with a 23.91.  

Men’s 50 Freestyle

Morozov picked up his second win of the night in the men’s 50 free, finishing as the only competitor under 21 seconds in 20.87. That time was just 3-tenths off his own World Cup record from earlier this month. In second was Michael Andrew, who had a quick turn around after the 100 breast to finish second here in 21.44.