2019 FINA World Cup Singapore: Hosszu Breaks World Cup Meet Record in 200 IM

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Katinka Hosszu broke the World Cup record in the 200 IM. Photo Courtesy: Becca Wyant

The third and final preliminaries session of the 2019 FINA World Cup in Singapore featured nine total events as this meet is the final stop of the Asia cluster of the World Cup. The Singapore stop is the third of seven World Cup stops as the meet began in Tokyo two weeks ago and continued in Jinan, China last week. This has been an especially challenging cluster for many of the swimmers that competed at the World Championships last month in South Korea and stayed for all three World Cup meets.

There weren’t a lot of great swims in the prelims but Katinka Hosszu did break the World Cup meet record in the 200 IM with a 2:08.15, lowering her own record of 2:08.6 from 2015.

Women’s 100 Fly

Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen cruised to the top seed in the 100 fly on Saturday morning at the FINA World Cup in Singapore as she was a 59.27. Ottesen was the silver medalist in this event at the 2015 World Championships and even took down Sarah Sjostrom before she went on an undefeated streak that was broken last month. She was a favorite to win a medal in Rio but finished seventh in the final. Ottesen is on a bit of a comeback after recently becoming a mom, taking after 2012 Olympic gold medalist Dana Vollmer, who just retired. Ottesen did not swim this at the World Championships but was a 58.3 last week in China.

Ottesen is the top seed ahead of China’s Zhang Yufei (59.77) and Hong Kong’s Chan Kin Lok (1:00.88).

1 OTTESEN Jeanette Denmark DEN 59.27
2 ZHANG Yufei People's Republic of China CHN 59.77
3 CHAN Kin Lok Hong Kong, China HKG 1:00.88
4 JAKABOS Zsuzsanna Hungary HUN 1:01.45
5 TAYLOR Laura Australia AUS 1:01.91
6 ALKHALDI Jasmine Philippines PHI 1:02.44
7 CHAN Marina Singapore SGP 1:02.60
8 YEO Chiok Sze Club CLB 1:02.94

Men’s 50 Fly

USA’s Michael Andrew, who has swum at all three of the World Cup stops thus far, is the top seed in the 50 fly with a 23.49 that he swam on Saturday morning at the FINA World Cup in Singapore. Andrew is ahead of Hungary’s Szebasztian Szabo (23.58), who has also swum in all three World Cup stops. Andrew was fourth at the World Championships in this event while Szabo was fifth.

USA’s Giles Smith (24.00) is seeded third while Belarus’ Yauhen Tsurkin (24.14) is fourth.

1 ANDREW Michael United States of America USA 23.49
2 SZABO Szebasztian Hungary HUN 23.58
3 SMITH Giles United States of America USA 24.00
4 TSURKIN Yauhen Belarus BLR 24.14
5 IRVINE Grant Australia AUS 24.20
6 KRAATZ Justin South Africa RSA 24.32
7 TEONG Tzen Wei Singapore SGP 24.45
8 CHAN Jie Malaysia MAS 24.50

Women’s 200 Back

Emily Seebohm did not take a hard stroke in the 200 back heats on Saturday morning at the FINA World Cup in Singapore as she qualified first with a 2:19.93. Seebohm did not need to exceed too much energy so she swam a conservative race, most likely waiting to drop a 2:09 to conclude the summer on Saturday night. Seebohm is seeded ahead of USA’s Erica Sullivan (2:22.21), who is more known as a distance freestyler.

1 SEEBOHM Emily Australia AUS 2:19.93
2 SULLIVAN Erica United States of America USA 2:22.21
3 PEDERSEN Elena Singapore SGP 2:23.33
4 WONG Toto Kwan To Hong Kong, China HKG 2:23.73
5 ISLETA Chloe Philippines PHI 2:23.77
6 TAYLOR Laura Australia AUS 2:24.45
7 CHEN Szu-Chi Chinese Taipei TPE 2:26.53
8 YEO Bonnie Lu-Anne Singapore SGP 2:29.69

Men’s 100 Back

Australia’s Mitch Larkin cruised to the top seed in the men’s 100 back on Saturday morning at the 2019 FINA World Cup in Singapore as he was a 55.39 in the heats. Larkin is coming off a solid showing at the World Championships where he won the bronze medal in this event. He is seeded ahead of Michael Andrew, who is swimming in his second event of the day. Andrew was a 55.48 just ahead of Australia’s Tristan Hollard (55.62).

1 LARKIN Mitchell Australia AUS 55.39
2 ANDREW Michael United States of America USA 55.48
3 HOLLARD Tristan Australia AUS 55.62
4 IRVINE Grant Australia AUS 56.59
5 MERRILEES Jorden Australia AUS 56.67
6 WONGCHAROEN Navaphat Thailand THA 58.60
7 LAU Shiu Yue Hong Kong, China HKG 58.98
8 THONGCHUMSIN Tarit Thailand THA 59.27

Women’s 50 Breast

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson is leading the 50 breast heats with a 31.14 as she was the only swimmer under 32 in the heats. Atkinson was fourth at the World Championships in this event, just shy of a medal. Atkinson is approaching her 31st birthday this year and is still swimming at the top of her game in the 50 breast. She is seeded first ahead of fellow former Texas A&M Aggie Breeja Larson (32.11). Larson is actually tied for second with China’s Suo Ran (32.11) while Russia’s Vitalina Simonova (32.74) is seeded fourth.

1 ATKINSON Alia Jamaica JAM 31.14
2 LARSON Breeja United States of America USA 32.11
2 SUO Ran People's Republic of China CHN 32.11
4 SIMONOVA Vitalina Russian Federation RUS 32.74
5 SEEBOHM Emily Australia AUS 33.08
6 JACKSON Kaylee New Zealand NZL 33.13
7 SOOSAI Alicia Li Ann Club CLB 33.87
8 TSAI Hao-Yu Chinese Taipei TPE 33.94

Men’s 200 Breast

USA’s Andrew Wilson put up an easy morning swim in the 200 breast on Saturday morning at the FINA World Cup in Singapore. Wilson was a 2:12.22 as he eased his way through the heats. Wilson was able to go a season best in Tokyo two weeks ago with a 2:07.77, which was faster than what he swam at the World Championships where he placed sixth in the final. This is the end of a long month of racing for Wilson and others who swam at the World Championships four weeks ago.

Lithuania’s Andrius Sidlauskas (2:14.92) is seeded second while USA’s Jonathan Tybur (2:15.93) is third.

1 WILSON Andrew United States of America USA 2:12.22
2 SIDLAUSKAS Andrius Lithuania LTU 2:14.92
3 TYBUR Jonathan United States of America USA 2:15.93
4 RODRIGUES Raphael Brazil BRA 2:19.90
5 CHU Chen-Kai Chinese Taipei TPE 2:20.45
6 LIN Yu-Wei Chinese Taipei TPE 2:21.84
7 FRANCA SILVA Felipe Brazil BRA 2:22.36
8 RIMPRANAM Jirapat Thailand THA 2:23.34

Women’s 100 Free

Sweden’s Michelle Coleman is taking advantage of Cate Campbell leaving Singapore as she leads the 100 free heats with a 55.02. Coleman is swimming in her third World Cup meet this year as she was 16th in this event at the World Championships, failing to make the final. Coleman is seeded ahead of Hong Kong’s Camille Cheng (55.67) and Australia’s Holly Barratt (55.95).

1 COLEMAN Michelle Sweden SWE 55.02
2 CHENG Camille Hong Kong, China HKG 55.67
3 BARRATT Holly Australia AUS 55.95
4 YEOH Cherlyn Singapore SGP 55.98
5 QUAH Ting Wen Singapore SGP 56.13
6 QUAH Jing Wen Singapore SGP 56.25
7 ALKHALDI Jasmine Philippines PHI 56.55
8 AU Stephanie Hong Kong, China HKG 56.78

Men’s 200 Free

Danas Rapsys didn’t seem to take a hard stroke in the heats of the 200 free on Saturday morning of the 2019 FINA World Cup in Singapore as he qualified first with a 1:49.92. Rapsys originally won this race at the World Championships but was disqualified for a false start. He was a 1:45.0 last week in China to break the meet record so he will be looking to end his season on a high note in the finals. China’s Cao Jiwen (1:52.13) and Germany’s Henning Muhlleitner (1:53.64) are seeded second and third.

1 RAPSYS Danas Lithuania LTU 1:49.92
2 CAO Jiwen People's Republic of China CHN 1:52.13
3 MUHLLEITNER Henning Germany GER 1:53.64
4 SANGAWORAWONG Ravipon Thailand THA 1:54.15
5 SINGH CHAHAL Arvin Shaun Malaysia MAS 1:54.25
6 PANG Sheng Jun Singapore SGP 1:54.26
7 FRASER-HOLMES Thomas Australia AUS 1:54.52
8 MITCHELL Luke New Zealand NZL 1:55.57

Women’s 200 IM

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu closed out the morning session of the 2019 FINA World Cup in Singapore with an impressive 2:08.15 in the 200 IM heats to break the World Cup meet record she set four years ago at 2:08.61. It was a rare sight for someone to really gun for a record in the heats but Hosszu has not been one to shy away from a race so she put her game face on and showed she will be a forced to be reckoned with over the next year.

Hungary’s Zsuzsanna Jakabos (2:19.92) is seeded second while Russia’s Vitalina Simonova (2:21.20) is third.

1 HOSSZU Katinka Hungary HUN 2:08.15 WC
2 JAKABOS Zsuzsanna Hungary HUN 2:19.92
3 SIMONOVA Vitalina Russian Federation RUS 2:21.20
4 SEEBOHM Emily Australia AUS 2:22.74
5 PAWAPOTAKO Phiangkhwan Thailand THA 2:24.89
6 ISLETA Chloe Philippines PHI 2:25.06
7 WU Yu-Chen Chinese Taipei TPE 2:25.41
8 CHEN Jing-An Chinese Taipei TPE 2:26.14