2018 FINA World Cup Kazan Day 2: Toussaint, Morozov, Sjostrom, Hosszu Win Again

Kira Toussaint. Photo Courtesy: David Farr

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The FINA Swimming World Cup kicked off with the second day of stop one in Kazan, Russia.

Some of the world’s biggest names in swimming were competing, many in multiple events.

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

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu picked up where she left off after Day 1 and dominated the first race of Day 2, crushing the field by 10 seconds to win the 400 IM.

Hosszu finished in 4:37.92, well ahead of second-place Zsuzsanna Jakabos, who finished 10 seconds behind in4:47.93.

Russia’s Irina Krivonogova was third in 4:51.73.

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Men’s 1500 Free

Russia dominated the men’s 1500 free, going 1-2 in the event.

Iaroslav Potapov made a move early and hung on to win in 15:27.92. Compatriot Ilia Druzhinin finished second in 15:34.53.

Hungary’s Daniel Dudas hung with the Russian leaders as long as he could and finished third in 15:36.67.

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Men’s 50 Back

Make it 2-for-2 for Vladimir Morozov. After setting the World Cup record in the 50 free on Friday, he added another World Cup record in the 50 backstroke.

Morozov, from Russia, won the event in 24.43 to break the World Cup record of 24.58, set by David Plummer of the U.S. in 2015.

Michael Andrew of the U.S. finished second in 24.49, also going faster than the previous record set by Plummer.

Australia’s Mitch Larkin took third in 25.35, followed by Jesse Puts of the Netherlands (25.45).

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Women’s 200 Free

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom picked up another World Cup victory on Saturday, winning the 200 free.

Sjostrom led from the opening turn and cruised to victory in 1:55.98.

Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands was second in 1:56.89, the only other competitor to break 2 minutes.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, coming off of a win in the 400 IM a half hour earlier, finished third in 2:00.27.

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Men’s 200 IM

Australia’s Mitch Larkin, just minutes removed from finishing third in the 50 back, reached the top podium in the 200 IM.

Larkin won the event in 1:59.47, the only man in the field to break 2 minutes.

Hungary’s David Verraszto finished second in 2:01.40, while Nikolay Sokolov finished third in 2:03.33.

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Women’s 100 Back

Kira Toussaint earned another World Cup victory on Saturday. The only woman to break a minute, the swimmer from the Netherlands won the 100 back in 59.80.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, swimming her third event of the day, finished second in 1:00.77.

Tatiana Salcutan finished third (1:01.66), just a hundredth of a second ahead of Irina Prikhodko (1:01.67).

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Men’s 50 Breast

Brazil’s Felipe Lima was the only swimmer int he field to break 27 seconds in the 50 breast. He cruised to victory in 26.90 — 16 hundredths away from the World Cup record.

Kirill Prigoda finished second in 27.24, followed closely by Michael Andrew in 27.30 and Oleg Kostin in 27.50.

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Women’s 50 Fly

Make that two World Cup records for Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, too.

After watching Vladimir Morozov claim his second World Cup record of the meet, Sjostrom crushed the field and the previous record in the 50 fly.

Sjostrom, who won the 200 free earlier in the day, won the 50 fly in 25.39, beating the old World Cup record set by Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen in 2015 (25.51).

Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands had a strong race, too, finishing second in 26.09.

Belgium’s Kimberly Buys was third in 26.11, holding off Russia’s Mariia Kameneva (26.22).

Hosszu, swimming in her fourth event of the day, finished eighth in 27.95.

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Men’s 100 Free

Russia’s Vladimir Morozov earned his second victory of the day, holding off Blake Pieroni to win the 100 free.

Morozov trailed Pieroni at the turn, but used a second-half surge to take the victory in 48.26.

Pieroni was just four hundredths of a second back at 48.30.

Belgium’s Pieter Timmers was third at 49.22, ahead of Kyle Stolk of the Netherlands (49.74) and South Africa’s Ryan Coetzee (49.88).

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Women’s 100 Breast

A third World Cup record for the day was nearly achieved as Yulia Efimova won the 100 breast in 1:05.94.

Her time was just one hundredth of a second away from Alia Atikinson’s World Cup Record set in 2015.

Eflimova led a 1-2-3-4 Russian sweep in the event. Vitalina Simonova was second in 1:07.56, followed by Daria Chikunova (1:07.68) and Natalia Ivaneeva (1:08.47).

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Men’s 200 Fly

South Africa’s Chad le Clos used a late surge to hold off Russia’s Daniil Pakhomov in the 200 fly.

The two were tied at the first turn at 25.57. Pakhomov was ahead at the 100 and 150, but le Clos split a 29.61 in the final 50 to edge Pakhomov, who split a 30.65.

It was a final time of 1:56.58 for le Clos, while Pakhomov was second in 1:56.90.

Hungary’s David Verraszto was third in 1:59.03.

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Mixed 4×100 Free Relay

The Netherlands finished Day 2 on a high note, winning the mixed 4×100 free relay.

Kyle Stolk, Jesse Puts, Femke Heemskerk and Ranomi Kromowidjojo finished in 3:27.42.

Russia’s Vladimir Morozov, Daniil Markov, Mariia Kameneva and Elizaveta Klevanovich finished second in 3:30.94.

Hungary’s Daniel Dudas, David Verraszto, Zsuzsanna Jakabos and Katinka Hosszu finished third in 3:36.21.

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Author: Daniel D'Addona

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Dan D'Addona is the lead college swim writer for Swimming World. He has covered swimming at all levels since 2003, including the NCAA championships, USA nationals, Duel in the Pool and Olympic trials. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a graduate of Central Michigan University. He currently lives in Holland, Michigan, where he also is the Sports Editor at The Holland Sentinel.

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