Cate Campbell Puts Down 24.0 50 Free at FINA World Cup Kazan; Hosszu Collects 300th World Cup Win

Cate Campbell remained the queen of consistency with another 24.0 50 free in Kazan. Photo Courtesy: Becca Wyant

Cate Campbell of Australia remained the queen of consistency on Friday at the FINA World Cup in Kazan as she swam a 24.08 in the 50 free to win yet another title on her European tour this fall. Campbell has been extremely busy this month as she began her trek in Budapest on October 4 at the World Cup and continued on to Berlin a week later. Then she flew to Dallas for her first ISL meet with the London Roar and then back to Budapest last week. Rather than go back to Australia for some much needed rest, she stayed in Europe in Kazan, Russia for some more racing at the World Cup this week.

That travel schedule would exhaust anybody, but apparently not Campbell, who swam under 24.1 this year for the fifth time. She was a 24.00 at the FINA Champions Series in April which remains her season best.

Campbell actually swam faster here than she did in winning the bronze medal in the 50 free at the World Championships in July when she was a 24.11 behind Simone Manuel and Sarah Sjostrom. She finished ahead of Sweden’s Michelle Coleman (24.28) and Russia’s Mariia Kameneva (24.32). Coleman was just off her 24.26 best time from the Berlin World Cup a couple weeks ago, but she has been consistently getting faster at each World Cup stop since she was a 24.9 at World Championships.

There were a couple other swimmers to make the insane trip that Cate Campbell has made this fall as Katinka Hosszu and Michael Andrew are also coming off four straight weeks of racing around the world in the World Cup and ISL. Hosszu collected her 300th World Cup win of her career with a 2:08.23 in the 200 fly, winning ahead of Zsuzsanna Jakabos (2:08.76), who has swum with Hosszu for a number of those 300 wins. Surprisingly, that was the only event Hosszu swam in the session as she has been known to pack in as many swims as she can.

Andrew was second in the 100 fly (51.86) behind Russia’s Mikhail Vekovishchev (51.56).

Overall, the FINA World Cup circuit this fall has continued to attract some of the top level swimmers, but the meets have failed to attain any sort of depth. Only four swims in the whole meet breached the 910 points level, while 60% of swims from the nine finals did not include swims of more than 850 points, a level achieved at warm-up events galore the world over on almost every weekend of the year. For reference, 910 points is roughly the average of what the eighth place performances scored at the World Championships this summer.

A regular feature of the World Cup this season has been for the last 2 to 4 places in finals to be taken up by swimmers racing the pace of the best in the world from the 50 years ago. Olympic legends Shane Gould and Roland Matthes would still be competitive in today’s World Cup over 40 years after they exited the pool for the final time in the 1970s.

Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys, who turned down the ISL to maximize his earnings in the World Cup and took advantage of the long course venue, swam a 3:44.60 in winning the 400 free. Rapsys had some of the worst luck at the World Championships this summer, placing fourth in the 400 free and getting locked out of a bronze medal by 0.27 seconds, and touching first in the 200 free only to get disqualified for flinching at the start. Rapsys has also been fairly consistent this fall, just like Cate Campbell, as he swam a 3:43.36 at the FINA Champions Series in May and has been under 3:45 four more times since then.

Russia’s Anton Chupkov, the world record holder in the 200 breast, swam a 58.94 in winning the 100 breast final over Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands, who broke his own Dutch record at 58.98. Chupkov lowered his own best time as he was eighth in the Worlds final at 59.19 earlier this year. Chupkov’s time put him eighth in the world this year as he seems to be improving his 100 speed. Kamminga right behind Chupkov broke 59 seconds for the first time as he was a 59.05 at the Budapest World Cup. Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki (59.23) finished third in the Kazan race.

Top 10 World Rankings 2019 (Men’s 100 Breast)

  1. 56.88, Adam Peaty, GBR
  2. 58.29, Ilya Shymanovich, BLR
  3. 58.46, James Wilby, GBR
  4. 58.63, Yan Zibei, CHN
  5. 58.89, Yasuhiro Koseki, JPN
  6. 58.93, Andrew Wilson, USA
  7. 58.94, Anton Chupkov, RUS
  8. 58.98, Arno Kamminga, NED
  9. 59.03, Dmitriy Balandin, KAZ
  10. 59.05, Fabio Scozzoli, ITA

Results from the rest of the session

Women’s 400 Free

1 EGOROVA Anna Russian Federation RUS 4:08.93
2 SALAMATINA Valeriia Russian Federation RUS 4:09.32
3 SHERIDAN Mikkayla Australia AUS 4:11.35
4 KAHLER Marlene Austria AUT 4:11.84
5 ANDRUSENKO Veronika Russian Federation RUS 4:12.77
6 PRIKHODKO Irina Russian Federation RUS 4:14.44
7 BAKLAKOVA Mariia Russian Federation RUS 4:16.59
8 MORIYAMA Yukimi Japan JPN 4:19.42

Men’s 400 Free

1 RAPSYS Danas Lithuania LTU 3:44.60
2 NIKITIN Anton Russian Federation RUS 3:47.60
3 KRASNYKH Aleksandr Russian Federation RUS 3:48.28
4 FEDOROV Aleksandr Russian Federation RUS 3:50.72
5 DRUZHININ Ilia Russian Federation RUS 3:52.74
6 POTAPOV Iaroslav Russian Federation RUS 3:52.88
7 KOLYASOV Maksim Club CLB 3:55.34
8 KURACHKIN Kanstantsin Belarus BLR 3:58.80

Women’s 50 Back

1 TOUSSAINT Kira Netherlands NED 27.89
2 KAMENEVA Mariia Russian Federation RUS 27.95
3 MEDEIROS Etiene Brazil BRA 28.12
4 FESIKOVA Anastasiia Russian Federation RUS 28.13
5 MCKEOWN Kaylee Australia AUS 28.17
6 SEEBOHM Emily Australia AUS 28.24
7 VASKINA Daria Russian Federation RUS 28.34
8 JEONG Soeun Republic of Korea KOR 29.00

Men’s 200 Back

1 MARTIN Daniel Romania ROU 1:58.42
2 SUNAMA Keita Japan JPN 1:59.17
3 TARASEVICH Grigory Russian Federation RUS 1:59.88
4 LEE Juho Republic of Korea KOR 2:00.07
5 TATARENKO Pavel Club CLB 2:00.12
6 TOUMARKIN Yakov Israel ISR 2:00.14
7 TOMAC Mewen France FRA 2:02.05
8 MALTSEV Dmitry Club CLB 2:02.24

Women’s 200 Fly

1 HOSSZU Katinka Hungary HUN 2:08.23
2 JAKABOS Zsuzsanna Hungary HUN 2:08.76
3 AN Sehyeon Republic of Korea KOR 2:10.69
4 HUFNAGL Claudia Austria AUT 2:10.99
5 PARK Sujin Republic of Korea KOR 2:12.23
6 VERRASZTO Evelin Hungary HUN 2:12.63
7 MARKOVA Anastasiia Russian Federation RUS 2:14.28
8 EGOROVA Polina Russian Federation RUS 2:15.26

Men’s 100 Fly

1 VEKOVISHCHEV Mikhail Russian Federation RUS 51.56
2 ANDREW Michael United States of America USA 51.86
3 SZABO Szebasztian Hungary HUN 51.97
4 PAKHOMOV Daniil Club CLB 52.11
5 HEINTZ Philip Germany GER 52.32
6 GONCHE Matheus Brazil BRA 52.67
7 KUDRYASHOV Vladimir Club CLB 53.29
8 SUNAMA Keita Japan JPN 55.16

Women’s 200 Breast

1 TEMNIKOVA Mariia Russian Federation RUS 2:24.10
2 CHIKUNOVA Daria Russian Federation RUS 2:24.56
3 SIMONOVA Vitalina Club CLB 2:28.32
4 ZMUSHKA Alina Belarus BLR 2:28.37
5 GUTTMANN Elena Austria AUT 2:30.43
6 MCKEOWN Kaylee Australia AUS 2:31.42
7 SONG Zixin People's Republic of China CHN 2:33.78
8 BASISTO Anastasia Republic of Moldova MDA 2:36.24

Men’s 100 Breast

1 CHUPKOV Anton Russian Federation RUS 58.94
2 KAMMINGA Arno Netherlands NED 58.98
3 KOSEKI Yasuhiro Japan JPN 59.23
4 LIMA Felipe Brazil BRA 59.96
5 SIDLAUSKAS Andrius Lithuania LTU 1:00.45
6 WILLIAMSON Sam Australia AUS 1:00.51
7 PACKARD Jake Australia AUS 1:00.58
8 NIKOLAEV Andrei Russian Federation RUS 1:00.71

Women’s 50 Free

1 CAMPBELL Cate Australia AUS 24.08
2 COLEMAN Michelle Sweden SWE 24.28
3 KAMENEVA Mariia Russian Federation RUS 24.32
4 CAMPBELL Bronte Australia AUS 24.47
5 SURKOVA Arina Russian Federation RUS 24.80
6 OTTESEN Jeanette Denmark DEN 25.02
7 FELSNER Jessica Germany GER 25.15
8 GALLAGHER Erin South Africa RSA 25.27

Men’s 50 Free

1 MOROZOV Vladimir Russian Federation RUS 21.71
2 ANDREW Michael United States of America USA 22.03
3 LOBANOVSKIJ Maxim Hungary HUN 22.06
4 MATSUI Kosuke Japan JPN 22.10
5 GRINEV Vladislav Russian Federation RUS 22.25
6 YANG Jaehoon Republic of Korea KOR 22.38
7 PUTS Jesse Netherlands NED 22.41
8 FESIKOV Sergei Russian Federation RUS 22.52
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