2018 FINA World Cup Doha Day 2 Finals: Michael Andrew Wins Again, Pieroni, Sjostrom, Too

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The 2018 FINA Swimming World Cup continued Friday with Day 2 of the event in Doha, Qatar.

No records were broken on the first day of competition, but many of the best swimmers in the world were back in search of top performances on the second day and a couple of records did fall.

Here is what happened on Day 2:

Order of events

Women’s 400 IM
Men’s 1500 Free
Men’s 50 Back
Women’s 200 Free
Men’s 200 IM
Women’s 100 Back
Men’s 50 Breast
Women’s 50 Fly
Men’s 100 Free
Women’s 100 Breast
Men’s 200 Fly
Mixed 4×100 Free Relay

DAY 2 RESULTS

Women’s 400 IM

It is sounding like a broken record, but for the fourth day in the past five in a World Cup event, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu opened the competition with a victory.

Hosszu won the 400 IM in 4:39.57 to again go 1-2 with compatriot Zsuzsanna Jakabos, who finished in 4:44.87.

There were only four competitors in this event as Alba Vazquez Ruiz was third in 4:48.68 and Russia’s Vitalina Simonova was fourth (4:59.54).

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Men’s 1500 Free

The men’s 1500 free saw just seven competitors, and the race itself wasn’t very close.

Spain’s Marcos Gil Corbacho led at the 150 and never looked back, winning the event in 15:28.19, leading a 1-2 Spanish finish with Ferran Julia Tous (15:42.84).

China’s Lin Zheqi was third 15:57.24, edging Hungary’s Danial Dudas (15:57.78).

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Men’s 50 Back

Michael Andrew of the U.S. continued his strong performances in the sprinting events, winning the 50 back in 24.49.

The time was six hundredths away from the World Cup record set by Vladimir Morozov last week in Kazan. Morozov finished second in 24.79 on Friday.

Australia’s Mitch Larkin was third in 25.15, holding off Jesse Puts of the Netherlands, who finished n 25.83.

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Women’s 200 Free

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom continued her winning ways by winning a close race in the women’s 200 free.

Sjostrom and Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands were tied after the 50 at 27.40. Heemskerk then led after the 100 and 150 before Sjostrom’s 29.30 final split gave her the victory. She finished in1:56.32, while Heemskerk finished 1:56.92.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu (2:00.16) and Zsuzsanna Jakabos (2:00.59) finished 3-4 after competing in the 400 IM a half hour earlier.

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Men’s 200 IM

Australia’s Mitch Larkin continued his strong season, too, becoming the only finisher in the 200 IM to break 2 minutes.
Larkin was second at the halfway point before a 28.12 final split held off the field.

Ecuador’s Tomas Peribonio Avila led for the first half of the race before finishing second in 2:00.40.

Russia’s Krill Prigoda took third at 2:03.47.

Women’s 100 Back

In one of the closest events of the World Cup season, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu edged Kira Toussaint of the Netherlands to win the 100 back.

Hosszu, who has competed in nearly every women’s event a the World Cup, won in 59.63, her third event of the day.

Toussaint led at the 50 with a 29.20 split, but finished 1:00.05 to finish second.

Spain’s Tamara Frias Molina was third in 1:02.47 in the five-person event.

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Men’s 50 Breast

Brazil’s Felipe Lima surged to the title in the 50 breast, finishing in 26.84, a tenth of a second off the World Cup record in the event.

Lima held off Michael Andrew of the U.S., who finished 27.47.

Russia’s Kirill Prigoda was third in 27.40, ahead of Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands (27.87).

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Women’s 50 Fly

It took nearly two days but the first World Cup record of the weekend was finally achieved.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom won the 50 fly in 25.22, bettering her own World Cup record of 25.39 set last week in Kazan.

Ranomi Kromowidjojo finished just being in 25.76, pushing Sjostrom the entire race.

Belgium’s Kimberly Buys finished third (25.94), followed by Kim Busch of the Netherlands (26.26).

Switzerland’s Sasha Touretski was fifth in 26.95), followed by Kira Toussaint of the Netherlands (27.13).

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Men’s 100 Free

After the first women’s World Cup record of the meet fell, it didn’t take long for the first men’s record to follow.

Just minutes later, in the very next event, Blake Pieroni of the U.S. won the 100 free in a World Cup record 48.11.

Pieroni’s time broke the mark set by South Africa’s Chad le Clos, who swam the race in 28.16 in 2015.

Russia’s Vladimir Morozov was right behind, finishing in 48.43.

Belgium’s Pieter Timmers finished third 40.04, one of three Belgians in the final.

Kyle Stolk (50.22) and Mathys Goosen (50.54) of the Netherlands went 4-5.

South Africa’s Ryan Coetzee was sixth in 50.76, followed by Belgium’s Lorenz Weiremans (51.04) and Dries VanGoetsenhoven (51.22).

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Women’s 100 Breast

Russia’s Yulia Efimova continued to shine in the breaststroke, again winning the 100 breast, this time in 1:06.27.

Compatriot Vitalina Simonova was second in 1:07.90, followed by Zhang Sishi of China, who finished in 1:10.35.

Spain’s Alba Vazquez Ruiz was fourth in 1:11.25, followed by Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu (1:11.82), her fourth event of the day.

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Men’s 200 Fly

The men’s 200 fly ended up being one of the closest races of the meet despite none of the biggest names being involved in it.

Azerbaijan’s Maksym Shemberev won the race in 1:59.45, just ahead of Hungary’s David Verraszto, who finished in 1:58.70.

Shemberev was fifth after the 50, then third after the 100 and second at the 150 behind Verraszto.

China’s Wu Yuhang was third in 1:59.81.

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Mixed 4×100 Free Relay

The Netherlands won the mixed free relay in 3:30.81 to close the second day of competition.

Kyle Stolk, Jesse Puts, Femke Heemskerk and Ranomi Kromowidjojo let from the start and cruised to victory.

Hungary’s Daniel Dudas, David Verraszto, Zsuzsanna Jakabos and Katinka Hosszu finished second in 3:37.71.

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