2019 FINA World Cup Singapore: Danas Rapsys Scorches World Leading Time in 200 Free

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Danas Rapsys is the top seed in the 200 free. Photo Courtesy: Becca Wyant

The last night of finals from the 2019 FINA World Cup in Singapore had eleven total events as the Asia cluster of the World Cup came to a close on Saturday night. Danas Rapsys closed out his third World Cup meet in style with a monstrous 200 free with the world’s fastest time. Mitch LarkinKatinka HosszuEmily Seebohm and Andrew Wilson completed clean sweeps in their various events as they close out their 2019 seasons and go home and regroup for the Olympic year.

The fourth stop of the World Cup will be October 4-6 in Budapest.

Men’s 200 Free

Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys scorched the world leading time in the 200 free to break his own World Cup record with a 1:44.38, lowering his previous record at 1:45.07 from Jinan last week. Rapsys notably touched first in the 200 free final at the World Championships but was disqualified for flinching at the start. He was able to redeem himself a little bit with a 1:44.3, which was much quicker than the winning time from the Championships. Rapsys also moved up to sixth all-time with his swim as he won by four seconds over Thomas Fraser-Holmes (1:48.69).

China’s Cao Jiwen (1:50.56) finished in third place.

2019 World Rankings:

  1. 1:44.38, Danas Rapsys, LTU
  2. 1:44.90, Clyde Lewis, AUS
  3. 1:44.91, Duncan Scott, GBR
  4. 1:44.93, Sun Yang, CHN
  5. 1:45.22, Katsuhiro Matsumoto, JPN
  6. 1:45.46, Martin Malyutin, RUS
  7. 1:45.48, Ji Xinjie, CHN
  8. 1:45.56, Mikhail Dovgalyuk, RUS
  9. 1:45.57, Dominik Kozma, HUN
  10. 1:45.67, Filippo Megli, ITA

1 RAPSYS Danas Lithuania LTU 1:44.38 WC
2 FRASER-HOLMES Thomas Australia AUS 1:48.69
3 CAO Jiwen People's Republic of China CHN 1:50.56
4 MUHLLEITNER Henning Germany GER 1:50.60
5 PANG Sheng Jun Singapore SGP 1:53.33
6 SINGH CHAHAL Arvin Shaun Malaysia MAS 1:53.80
7 SANGAWORAWONG Ravipon Thailand THA 1:54.21
8 MITCHELL Luke New Zealand NZL 1:54.72

Men’s 400 IM

Thomas Fraser-Holmes took care of business in the 400 IM final to start things off on the final night of the 2019 FINA World Cup in Singapore with a 4:17.14 for the win. Fraser-Holmes won handily over China’s Wang Yizhe (4:25.32) as the former couldn’t get past his season best of 4:14 from April. It was close to what he swam at the World Championships when he was a 4:16 and finished 12th. New Zealand’s Willrich Coetzee (4:29.17) was third.

1 FRASER-HOLMES Thomas Australia AUS 4:17.14
2 WANG Yizhe People's Republic of China CHN 4:25.32
3 COETZEE Wilrich New Zealand NZL 4:29.17
4 TIAA Faang Der Malaysia MAS 4:34.61
5 ANG Erasmus Singapore SGP 4:40.13
6 NGAN Owen Club CLB 4:40.51
7 FU Kun-Ming Chinese Taipei TPE 4:42.75
8 CHAN Ming Jun Bernard Club CLB 4:49.28

Women’s 800 Free

USA’s Erica Sullivan had a lengthy lead in the 800 free in Singapore to swim an 8:26.60, which was right at her best time she swam last week in China. Sullivan also swam at all three World Cup stops in Asia as she started her trip a week earlier by swimming the 25K at the World Championships. She won the 800 on the final night in Singapore by five seconds over Australia’s Maddy Gough (8:31.98), who has also swum in all three stops. Australia’s Moesha Johnson (8:44.95) finished in third.

1 SULLIVAN Erica United States of America USA 8:26.60
2 GOUGH Maddy Australia AUS 8:31.98
3 JOHNSON Moesha Australia AUS 8:44.95
4 SIMONOVA Vitalina Russian Federation RUS 9:01.22
5 GOH Chia Tong Malaysia MAS 9:03.51
6 LIEW Li-Shan Chantal Singapore SGP 9:20.05
7 ONG Naomi Rui Ern Club CLB 9:33.39
8 LEE Xin Ru Charmaine Club CLB 9:33.49

Women’s 100 Fly

China’s Zhang Yufei won her second straight World Cup gold medal with a 57.94 on the Singapore leg as she was a 57.4 last week in Jinan. Zhang moved up to 11th in the world last week with her swim as she is coming off a disappointing World Championships where she was 13th. She won a tight race ahead of Hungary’s Zsuzsanna Jakabos (58.43), who was just a touch quicker last week, and Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen (58.49), who was also a smidge quicker last week.

1 ZHANG Yufei People's Republic of China CHN 57.94
2 JAKABOS Zsuzsanna Hungary HUN 58.43
3 OTTESEN Jeanette Denmark DEN 58.49
4 CHAN Kin Lok Hong Kong, China HKG 1:00.02
5 TAYLOR Laura Australia AUS 1:00.89
6 ALKHALDI Jasmine Philippines PHI 1:01.86
7 CHAN Marina Singapore SGP 1:02.20
7 YEO Chiok Sze Club CLB 1:02.20

Men’s 50 Fly

USA’s Michael Andrew racked up another win in the World Cup with a 23.07 in the 50 fly final as he just out-touched Hungary’s Szebasztian Szabo (23.14). Andrew was one spot ahead of Szabo in the final in Gwangju and got the upper hand in Singapore as well as both guys will finish their seasons and regroup to try and make their respective Olympic teams for next year. Belarus’ Yauhen Tsurkin (23.74) finished in third place.

1 ANDREW Michael United States of America USA 23.07
2 SZABO Szebasztian Hungary HUN 23.14
3 TSURKIN Yauhen Belarus BLR 23.74
4 SMITH Giles United States of America USA 23.82
5 IRVINE Grant Australia AUS 23.89
6 TEONG Tzen Wei Singapore SGP 24.12
7 KRAATZ Justin South Africa RSA 24.25
8 CHAN Jie Malaysia MAS 24.58

Women’s 200 Back

Emily Seebohm had a strong showing in the 200 back final on Saturday night in Tokyo with a 2:10.50 for her third straight win in the cluster in this event. Seebohm won easily as she was two seconds off her season best time from June. Seebohm did not compete at the World Championships since she was third in this event at Australia’s World Championship Trials despite coming in as the two-time defending World Champion in the 200 back. Seebohm will fight for a spot on the Olympic team next year as she searches for a fourth Olympic berth.

Hong Kong’s Toto Kwan To Wong (2:15.79) was second while USA’s Erica Sullivan (2:17.78) was third.

1 SEEBOHM Emily Australia AUS 2:10.50
2 WONG Toto Kwan To Hong Kong, China HKG 2:15.79
3 SULLIVAN Erica United States of America USA 2:17.78
4 CHEN Szu-Chi Chinese Taipei TPE 2:19.68
5 TAYLOR Laura Australia AUS 2:20.56
6 ISLETA Chloe Philippines PHI 2:22.23
7 PEDERSEN Elena Singapore SGP 2:23.13
8 YEO Bonnie Lu-Anne Singapore SGP 2:26.47

Men’s 100 Back

Mitch Larkin continued Australia’s impressive showing at the FINA World Cup with a win in the 100 back on Saturday night in Singapore with a 53.43. Larkin has been quicker this year, scoring a bronze medal at the World Championships in Gwangju, but he also collected his third gold medal in the 100 back at the World Cup this year. Larkin won handily over Michael Andrew (54.29), who did not get a lot of time to recover from the 50 fly, but was still able to swim within a second of his best time. Australia’s Tristan Hollard (54.93) was third.

1 LARKIN Mitchell Australia AUS 53.43
2 ANDREW Michael United States of America USA 54.29
3 HOLLARD Tristan Australia AUS 54.93
4 MERRILEES Jorden Australia AUS 55.71
5 IRVINE Grant Australia AUS 56.10
6 LAU Shiu Yue Hong Kong, China HKG 57.67
7 WONGCHAROEN Navaphat Thailand THA 58.43
8 THONGCHUMSIN Tarit Thailand THA 58.88

Women’s 50 Breast

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson swam a new season best time on Saturday night at the FINA World Cup in Singapore with a 30.31 as she moved up to fifth in the world with her swim. Atkinson swam quicker than she did at the World Championships when she was fourth place as the 30-year-old is still at the top of her game. Atkinson finished ahead of Breeja Larson (30.98) as both of them both won NCAA titles at Texas A&M in their careers. Larson’s time was not a season best but she has been having a nice summer in the lead-up to the 2020 Olympic Trials. China’s Suo Ran (31.13) was third while Emily Seebohm (32.22) was fourth with not a lot of recovery time after her 200 back win.

1 ATKINSON Alia Jamaica JAM 30.31
2 LARSON Breeja United States of America USA 30.98
3 SUO Ran People's Republic of China CHN 31.13
4 SEEBOHM Emily Australia AUS 32.22
5 SIMONOVA Vitalina Russian Federation RUS 32.27
6 JACKSON Kaylee New Zealand NZL 32.96
7 TSAI Hao-Yu Chinese Taipei TPE 33.59
8 SOOSAI Alicia Li Ann Club CLB 33.67

Men’s 200 Breast

Andrew Wilson remained unbeaten on the World Cup stage  in the 200 breast with a third straight win on Saturday night in Singapore. He has enjoyed a long stay in the Eastern hemisphere as he was sixth in this at the World Championships and even went a season best in Tokyo two weeks ago. Wilson won the final in Singapore with a 2:09.11 ahead of Lithuania’s Andrius Sidlauskas (2:11.04) and USA’s Jonathan Tybur (2:12.36).

Sidlauskas was right on his season best with his 2:10.61 from May and Tybur was just a tenth off what he went at the World University Games.

1 WILSON Andrew United States of America USA 2:09.11
2 SIDLAUSKAS Andrius Lithuania LTU 2:11.04
3 TYBUR Jonathan United States of America USA 2:12.36
4 RODRIGUES Raphael Brazil BRA 2:13.14
5 FRANCA SILVA Felipe Brazil BRA 2:17.39
6 LIN Yu-Wei Chinese Taipei TPE 2:18.02
7 CHU Chen-Kai Chinese Taipei TPE 2:18.40
8 RIMPRANAM Jirapat Thailand THA 2:21.24

Women’s 100 Free

Sweden’s Michelle Coleman pulled away from the field in the 100 free on Saturday night at the FINA World Cup in Singapore as she tied her own season best with a 53.63. Coleman sits 22nd in the world for 2019 as she closed out her World Cup in style, winning her first 100 free gold after getting second and third at the last two stops. Coleman won easily over Holly Barratt (55.16) and Camille Cheng (55.19).

1 COLEMAN Michelle Sweden SWE 53.63
2 BARRATT Holly Australia AUS 55.16
3 CHENG Camille Hong Kong, China HKG 55.19
4 YEOH Cherlyn Singapore SGP 55.50
5 QUAH Ting Wen Singapore SGP 55.63
6 QUAH Jing Wen Singapore SGP 56.32
7 ALKHALDI Jasmine Philippines PHI 56.51
8 CHAN Kin Lok Hong Kong, China HKG 57.04

Women’s 200 IM

Katinka Hosszu closed out her World Cup in Singapore with a 2:08.63 in the 200 IM as she was slightly slower than what she swam in the heats. She broke the World Cup record with a 2:08.1 on Saturday morning but was not able to go under that in the final. Hosszu was still able to win the final by five seconds over Zsuzsanna Jakabos (2:13.64) while Russia’s Vitalina Simonova was further back at 2:18.43.

1 HOSSZU Katinka Hungary HUN 2:08.63
2 JAKABOS Zsuzsanna Hungary HUN 2:13.64
3 SIMONOVA Vitalina Russian Federation RUS 2:18.43
4 SEEBOHM Emily Australia AUS 2:19.07
5 PAWAPOTAKO Phiangkhwan Thailand THA 2:22.02
6 WU Yu-Chen Chinese Taipei TPE 2:22.88
7 ISLETA Chloe Philippines PHI 2:24.52
8 CHEN Jing-An Chinese Taipei TPE 2:25.40

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