2019 FINA World Cup Singapore: Morozov Breaks Two World Cup Records; Goes 47.88 in 100 Free

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The second night of finals from the 2019 FINA World Cup in Singapore saw two World Cup meet records fall with Vladimir Morozov claiming both of them. He started off the day with a new meet record in the 50 back in a time that would have won the World Championship gold in the event and followed that up with a 47.88 in the 100 free, breaking his own meet record in the process. Australia’s Holly Barratt also moved up to second in the world rankings in the 50 fly while Zsuzsanna Jakabos won her first World Cup gold medal on this year’s circuit.

Men’s 100 Free

Vladimir Morozov continued his impressive run at the FINA World Cup Singapore with a 47.88 to win the 100 free and set a new meet record. Morozov lowered his own record of 47.99 he set last week and moved up to tenth in the world for the year in a tie with USA’s Tate Jackson. This was a significant improvement for Morozov who was only a 49.0 at the World Championships and did not make it out of the heats. Morozov won going away ahead of Hungary’s Szebasztian Szabo (48.53) and Italy’s Santo Condorelli (48.72). Morozov is now the second fastest Russian this year behind Vladislav Grinev.

Szabo was off his season best of 48.4 that he swam at the World Cup in Tokyo while Condorelli was a 48.5 at the same meet in Japan two weeks ago.

2019 World Rankings:

  1. 46.96, Caeleb Dressel, USA
  2. 47.08, Kyle Chalmers, AUS
  3. 47.39, Ryan Held, USA
  4. 47.43, Vladislav Grinev, RUS
  5. 47.61, Maxime Rooney, USA
  6. 47.68, Marcelo Chierighini, BRA
  7. 47.79, Zach Apple, USA
  8. 47.87, Blake Pieroni, USA
  9. 47.87, Duncan Scott, GBR
  10. 47.88, Vladimir Morozov, RUS
1 MOROZOV Vladimir Russian Federation RUS 47.88 WC
2 SZABO Szebasztian Hungary HUN 48.53
3 CONDORELLI Santo Italy ITA 48.72
4 CAO Jiwen People's Republic of China CHN 49.61
5 CHUA Yi Shou Darren Singapore SGP 50.02
6 TSURKIN Yauhen Belarus BLR 50.70
7 LIM Keith Kit Sern Malaysia MAS 50.98
8 SANGAWORAWONG Ravipon Thailand THA 51.33

Women’s 400 IM

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu has been very busy at the World Cups the last few weeks and she finally showed some signs of fatigue on Friday night at the FINA World Cup in Singapore with a 4:39.76 in the 400 IM. Hosszu was a 4:30 at the World Championships and then a 4:32 at the World Cup in Tokyo a week later. She was a 4:36 last week in China and a 4:39 today so she may be in need of a break.

Hosszu won handily over Zsuzsanna Jakabos, who was seventh at the World Championships and was second last week in China. She was a 4:45.28 for the runner-up as Russia’s Vitalina Simonova (4:52.49) finished in third.

1 HOSSZU Katinka Hungary HUN 4:39.76
2 JAKABOS Zsuzsanna Hungary HUN 4:45.28
3 SIMONOVA Vitalina Russian Federation RUS 4:52.49
4 SULLIVAN Erica United States of America USA 4:57.96
5 ISLETA Chloe Philippines PHI 5:05.29
6 CHEN Jing-An Chinese Taipei TPE 5:10.34
7 CHUN Sydney Singapore SGP 5:11.11
8 WANG Ya-Jen Chinese Taipei TPE 5:13.65

Men’s 1500 Free

Ben Roberts of Australia won easily in the 1500 free on Friday night in Singapore at the FINA World Cup as he was a 15:21.58 to win his heat by over a minute. But Roberts was not just racing the men in his heat since he also had to compete with Henning Muhlleitner, who was a 15:35 in the heats earlier this morning. Roberts still knocked that time out of the park, winning by 13.5 seconds. Singapore’s Owen Ngan (16:33.03) was third.

1 ROBERTS Ben Australia AUS 15:21.58
2 MUHLLEITNER Henning Germany GER 15:35.06
3 NGAN Owen Club CLB 16:33.03
4 OH Ritchie Singapore SGP 16:43.54
5 CHAN Ming Jun Bernard Club CLB 16:44.80
6 TAN Jon Heng Sheldon Club CLB 17:06.14
7 MAKELA Rasmus Club CLB 17:45.41
8 PATRICK Sean Club CLB 17:45.56

Men’s 50 Back

Russia’s Vladimir Morozov has been the main attraction during the FINA World Cup this month as he broke another World Cup record in the 50 back on Friday night in Singapore. Morozov was a 24.40 in the event to lower the meet record he tied in Jinan last week and what he originally set in Kazan last year. Morozov used an incredibly quick tempo to actually swim a time that would have won the gold medal at the World Championships a few weeks ago.

USA’s Michael Andrew was stroke for stroke with Morozov before the Russian pulled away. Andrew was second at 24.66 while Australia’s Tristan Hollard (25.80) was third.

1 MOROZOV Vladimir Russian Federation RUS 24.40 WC
2 ANDREW Michael United States of America USA 24.66
3 HOLLARD Tristan Australia AUS 25.80
4 MERRILEES Jorden Australia AUS 26.09
5 LAU Shiu Yue Hong Kong, China HKG 26.45
6 TSURKIN Yauhen Belarus BLR 26.56
7 KRAATZ Justin South Africa RSA 26.98
8 SOH Chai Jin Singapore SGP 27.31

Women’s 200 Free

Hungary’s Zsuzsanna Jakabos won a wire to wire race in the 200 free over Sweden’s Michelle Coleman as Jakabos was a 1:58.40 to Coleman’s 1:58.74. This is Jakabos’ first win of the FINA World Cup circuit this year as she has won a number of silver and bronze medals this month. Her time puts her just outside the top 50 in the world this year. Third place went to Hong Kong’s Camille Cheng (2:00.20).

1 JAKABOS Zsuzsanna Hungary HUN 1:58.40
2 COLEMAN Michelle Sweden SWE 1:58.74
3 CHENG Camille Hong Kong, China HKG 2:00.20
4 GOUGH Maddy Australia AUS 2:01.37
5 TAYLOR Laura Australia AUS 2:02.20
6 CHAN Kin Lok Hong Kong, China HKG 2:03.27
7 ALKHALDI Jasmine Philippines PHI 2:03.68
8 SIMONOVA Vitalina Russian Federation RUS 2:05.06

Men’s 200 IM

Australia’s Mitch Larkin won a fairly decent 200 IM final with a 1:57.43. He was seventh at the World Championships even though he still has the fastest time in the world this year in the 200 IM. Larkin won the event on Friday night in Singapore at the FINA World Cup ahead of Danas Rapsys, who has been one of the rising stars in this sport this year. Rapsys was second at 1:59.14 but has been better known in the 200 and 400 free events. Rapsys was able to move up to 30th in the world with his swim.

Australia’s Thomas Fraser-Holmes (1:59.98) was third after a good battle with Singapore’s Joseph Schooling (2:00.23).

1 LARKIN Mitchell Australia AUS 1:57.43
2 RAPSYS Danas Lithuania LTU 1:59.14
3 FRASER-HOLMES Thomas Australia AUS 1:59.98
4 SCHOOLING Joseph Singapore SGP 2:00.23
5 WANG Yizhe People's Republic of China CHN 2:03.51
6 PANG Sheng Jun Singapore SGP 2:04.05
7 SIDLAUSKAS Andrius Lithuania LTU 2:04.20
8 TYBUR Jonathan United States of America USA 2:04.42

Women’s 100 Back

Emily Seebohm had a great race with Katinka Hosszu in the 100 back on Friday night at the FINA World Cup in Singapore. Seebohm came out on top in a wire to wire finish with a 59.43 to Hosszu’s 59.48. Both of them went season best times as they will presumably take a break after this to rekindle and refocus for the upcoming Olympic year. Seebohm moved up to 11th in the world for 2019 but she is still the third fastest Australian. Hosszu moved up to 14th in the world for the year as she suffered a rare loss in a World Cup final. Hong Kong’s Stephanie Au (1:00.22) was third.

1 SEEBOHM Emily Australia AUS 59.43
2 HOSSZU Katinka Hungary HUN 59.48
3 AU Hoi Shun Stephanie Hong Kong, China HKG 1:00.22
4 WONG Toto Kwan To Hong Kong, China HKG 1:02.16
5 WEILER SASTRE Carmen Club CLB 1:03.42
6 CHEN Szu-Chi Chinese Taipei TPE 1:03.55
7 PEDERSEN Elena Singapore SGP 1:04.33
8 ISLETA Chloe Philippines PHI 1:05.91

Men’s 50 Breast

Italy’s Nicolo Martinenghi was a 27.23 in the 50 breast final on Friday night in Singapore to win the FINA World Cup gold medal ahead of Brazil’s Felipe Franca and USA’s Michael Andrew. Martinenghi has enjoyed a nice showing at the World Cup, swimming quicker than he did at the World Championships. Former world record holder Franca, who is now 32, did not swim at the World Championships but had a solid second place finish ahead of USA’s Michael Andrew (27.28) and Andrew Wilson (27.49).

1 MARTINENGHI Nicolo Italy ITA 27.23
2 FRANCA SILVA Felipe Brazil BRA 27.27
3 ANDREW Michael United States of America USA 27.28
4 WILSON Andrew United States of America USA 27.49
5 RODRIGUES Raphael Brazil BRA 27.86
6 TYBUR Jonathan United States of America USA 28.43
7 LIN Yu-Wei Chinese Taipei TPE 28.75
8 RIMPRANAM Jirapat Thailand THA 29.06

Women’s 50 Fly

Australia’s Holly Barratt got the better hand of Cate Campbell in the 50 fly final with a 25.31 on Friday night in Singapore. Barratt had a new season best and actually moved up to second in the world for this year while Campbell moved up to sixth. Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen was third at 25.92 as she was off her season best from the World Championships where she was seventh.

1 BARRATT Holly Australia AUS 25.31
2 CAMPBELL Cate Australia AUS 25.49
3 OTTESEN Jeanette Denmark DEN 25.92
4 ZHANG Yufei People's Republic of China CHN 26.03
5 QUAH Ting Wen Singapore SGP 26.48
6 COLEMAN Michelle Sweden SWE 26.78
7 SRISA – ARD Jenjira Thailand THA 26.80
8 ALKHALDI Jasmine Philippines PHI 27.51

Women’s 100 Breast

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson held off a hard charging Breeja Larson in the 100 breast final on Friday night at the FINA World Cup Singapore as the two former NCAA Champions at Texas A&M were both 1:07’s. Atkinson was a 1:07.35 while Larson was a 1:07.55 as Atkinson was a touch slower than her 1:07.0 she had last week in China. Russia’s Vitalina Simonova (1:09.33), who is more known as a 200 breaststroker, was third.

1 ATKINSON Alia Jamaica JAM 1:07.35
2 LARSON Breeja United States of America USA 1:07.55
3 SIMONOVA Vitalina Russian Federation RUS 1:09.33
4 SUO Ran People's Republic of China CHN 1:12.12
5 PAWAPOTAKO Phiangkhwan Thailand THA 1:12.16
6 JACKSON Kaylee New Zealand NZL 1:13.06
7 SOOSAI Alicia Li Ann Club CLB 1:13.51
8 TSAI Hao-Yu Chinese Taipei TPE 1:14.02

Men’s 200 Fly

Australia won their fifth event to close the second night of the 2019 FINA World Cup Singapore with Grant Irvine winning the 200 fly at 1:56.77. Irvine was faster last week at 1:55 but he was still good enough to get the win as he won ahead of fellow Aussie Nic Brown (1:57.20). Brown was a 1:56.5 earlier this year but did not swim at the World Championships. He started running Irvine down in the final 25 but could not catch him. Thailand’s Navaphat Wongcharoen (2:00.44) won the race for third place.

1 IRVINE Grant Australia AUS 1:56.77
2 BROWN Nic Australia AUS 1:57.20
3 WONGCHAROEN Navaphat Thailand THA 2:00.44
4 COETZEE Wilrich New Zealand NZL 2:00.80
5 TIAA Faang Der Malaysia MAS 2:01.49
6 HOU Bo-Yu Chinese Taipei TPE 2:05.86
7 WANG Yu-Xiang Chinese Taipei TPE 2:07.86
8 BANGUN Albertus Andika Indonesia INA 2:09.37