Chad le Clos, Katinka Hosszu Remain Dominant on FINA World Cup Tour

Photo Courtesy: Maria Dobysheva

BEIJING – The FINA World Cup opened up where it left off in previous stops with points leaders Chad le Clos and Katinka Hosszu both dominating with multiple golds.

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  • Women’s 800 free
  • Men’s 400 IM
  • Men’s 100 free
  • Women’s 200 free
  • Men’s 50 breast
  • Women’s 100 breast
  • Women’s 100 fly
  • Men’s 100 back
  • Women’s 50 back
  • Men’s 200 fly
  • Women’s 200 IM
  • Men’s 400 free
  • Women’s 50 free
  • Men’s 200 breast
  • Men’s 100 IM
  • Women’s 200 back
  • Men’s 50 fly

Women’s 800 free

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Photo Courtesy: Qatar Swimming

The Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu started where she left off in the second cluster with a winning time of 8:08.41 in the women’s 800-meter freestyle tonight.  That’s the likely start to a whole bunch of wins coming her way during two days of swimming here in Beijing. Her time also stands as a Hungarian record.

Spain’s Mireia Belmonte took second overall in 8:10.88 with China’s Bi Yirong claiming third in 8:17.13 in what was a familiar top-three on the circuit thus far.

Chen Xinyi (8:28.31), Ma Ruxin (8:36.48), Chang Yang (8:36.81), Qu Fang (8:38.29) and Liu Jiahe (8:50.09) rounded out the top eight of the timed final event.

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Men’s 400 IM

Photo Courtesy: Delly Carr

Photo Courtesy: Delly Carr

Japan’s Daiya Seto earned his first paycheck of the FINA World Cup circuit with a 4:04.84 in the distance medley.  He dominated the finale with Hungary’s Gergely Gyurta finishing well behind in second with a 4:09.55.  Japan’s Takeharu Fujimori took third overall in 4:10.12.

An Jiabao (4:17.17), Taipei’s Ren-Hau Wen (4:18.76), Zhang Jinge (4:27.39), Ruan Ming (4:31.96), Zhao Xuanming (4:35.54) and Wang Yida (4:36.33) also swam in the nine-person finale.

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Men’s 100 free

Photo Courtesy: Maria Dobysheva

Photo Courtesy: Maria Dobysheva

With Tom Shields missing this stop of the FINA World Cup, South Africa’s Chad le Clos will just be extending his overall points lead to victory with every win he produces here in Beijing. He topped the sprint free this evening to start the night with a 46.81.

Russia’s Sergiy Fesikov hit the wall second overall in 47.20 with Germany’s Steffen Deibler placing third in 47.51.

China’s Lin Yongqing (47.96), Australia’s Edward McKendry (48.55), Ling Huanan (49.17), Liu Junwu (49.22) and Germany’s Robin Backhaus (49.42) closed out the finale.

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Women’s 200 free

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Photo Courtesy: Qatar Swimming

The Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu collected her second win of the night with a 1:54.04 as she continues to put up a historic run during her likely third-straight FINA World Cup overall points victory.

China’s Shen Duo (1:55.28) and Zhang Yuhan (1:55.30) placed second and third.

Zhang Sishi (1:55.46), Sun Meichen (1:56.37), Han Tingru (1:56.98), USA’s Elizabeth Beisel (1:57.28) and Guo Junjun (1:57.50) also competed in the final.

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Men’s 50 breast

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Photo Courtesy: Qatar Swimming

South Africa’s Roland Schoeman, the evergreen sprinter who is still putting up World Cup wins well into his 30s, took the sprint breaststroke title in 26.87.  Trinidad and Tobago’s George Bovell finished just behind in second in 26.91 with Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta also breaking 27 with a third-place 26.93.

Huang Yunkun (27.43), Li Xiang (27.60), Xue Jiajia (27.67) and Yan Zibei (27.71) finished fourth through seventh, while USA’s Michael Andrew wound up eighth overall in 28.37.

Women’s 100 breast

Photo Courtesy: Azaria Basile

Photo Courtesy: Azaria Basile

After forgoing $20,000 in cluster money by electing not to compete at the Moscow stop, Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson returned with a vengeance today with a winning time of 1:04.11 in the 100 breast tonight.  She won the race by more than a second.

Australia’s Sally Hunter finished second in 1:05.40 with Russia’s Maria Astashkina placing third in 1:06.29.

USA’s Breeja Larson (1:06.67), Spain’s Jessica Vall (1:06.71), Japans’ Runa Imai (1:06.73), Zhang Xinyu (1:07.17) and Zhang Jiaying (1:07.25) also vied for the title tonight.

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Women’s 100 fly

Photo Courtesy: Joao Marc Bosch

Photo Courtesy: Joao Marc Bosch

China’s Lu Ying had the first remarkable swim of the meet as she broke her Asian record in the 100 fly.  She raced her way to a top time of 55.95, that lowered her 56.05 record from the 2011 edition of the Beijing World Cup. She still has awhile to catch up to the world record of 55.05 set by Diane Bui Duyet, but she did push Asia into the 55s.  Africa is the only continent now yet to break 56 seconds with Lize-Marie Retief’s 2007 56.52 on the record.

The Netherlands’ Inge Dekker chased down silver with a time of 56.03, matching her top time of the year so far, while Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu picked up her third medal of the night with a bronze-winning 56.68.

Li Shuang (57.28), Chen Xinyi (57.28), Australia’s Marieke D’Cruz (57.84), Liu Zige (58.02) and Liu Lan (58.38) finished fourth through eighth.

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Men’s 100 back

Photo Courtesy: Joao Marc Bosch

Photo Courtesy: Joao Marc Bosch

China’s Xu Jiayu smashed the national record in the 100 back as he clocked a winning time of 50.14.  That effort demolished the previous mark of 50.99 set by Sun Xiaolei during the 2011 FINA World Cup stop here in Beijing.

Australia’s Mitch Larkin had a close second-place finish with a 50.37, while USA’s Eugene Godsoe rounded out the podium in 50.56.

Japan’s Masaki Kaneko (51.22), Germany’s Christian Diener (51.95), Li Guangyuan (52.49), Wang Peng (54.03) and USA’s Michael Andrew (54.54) comprised the rest of the championship heat.

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Women’s 50 back

Photo Courtesy: Joao Marc Bosch

Photo Courtesy: Joao Marc Bosch

China went 1-2 in the sprint back with Fu Yuanhui (26.43) and Qiu Yuhan (26.64) earning the top two spots in the event.  Australia’s Madison Wilson managed to claim third in 26.74.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu had her first podium miss with a fourth-place time of 26.80.

Cheng Haihua (27.09), Liu Xiang (27.24), Wang Xueer (27.51) and Spain’s Duane Da Rocha (27.55) also put up times in the finale.

Men’s 200 fly

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Photo Courtesy: Qatar Swimming

South Africa’s Chad le Clos dominated the men’s 200 fly en route to his second gold medal of the night.  He clocked a 1:49.73 to win by nearly two seconds.

Japan’s Daiya Seto collected his second podium of the night with a silver-winning 1:51.56, while Wang Shun took third in 1:52.91.

Wang Pudong (1:54.08), Australia’s Grant Irvine (1:57.20), Japan’s Masaki Kaneko (1:58.54), Peru’s Mauricio Fiol (1:58.71) and Germany’s Robin Backhaus (1:59.51) placed fourth through eighth.

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Women’s 200 IM

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Photo Courtesy: Gian Mattia Dalberto/Lapresse

The Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu captured her third gold of the night with a 2:06.22 in the 200 IM.  That’s four seconds back of her world record from the Dubai stop in August, but was plenty enough to earn the win tonight.

USA’s Caitlin Leverenz got on the board here in Beijing with a second-place time of 2:07.88, while China’s Zhou Min finished third in 2:09.36.

USA’s Elizabeth Beisel earned fourth overall in 2:10.60 with Spain’s Mireia Belmonte taking fifth in 2:10.76.

Zhang Jiaqi (2:11.40), Zhang Sishi (2:11.45) and Spain’s Duane Da Rocha (2:13.09) also put up times in the finale.

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Men’s 400 free

Photo Courtesy: Joao Marc Bosch

Photo Courtesy: Joao Marc Bosch

Sun Yang, doing spot duty here at the FINA World Cup in Beijing to help ramp up the meet’s profile in China, cruised to victory in the middle distance race with a 3:37.10. South Africa’s Myles Brown grabbed silver in 3:39.26 with China’s Wang Kechang taking third in 3:42.55.  That’s a brand new podium here on the FINA World Cup circuit with all three cashing their first checks of the series.

Sun easily overtook the top spot in the world rankings, jumping ahead of Thomas Fraser-Holmes’ 3:38.22 from the Dubai stop.

Germany’s Paul Biedermann (3:42.72), Serbia’s Velimir Stjepanovic (3:44.02), Hungary’s Gergely Gyurta (3:47.87) and Yang Jintong (3:49.79) also competed in the finale.  Qiu Zang was a late scratch during finals.

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Women’s 50 free

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Photo Courtesy: Gian Mattia Dalberto/Lapresse

After a rare loss in the 100 fly, The Netherlands’ Inge Dekker returned in the 50 free with a winning time of 23.97.  Tang Yuting picked up second in 24.48 with Qiu Yuhan claiming a second podium tonight with a bronze-winning 24.58.

Australia’s Marieke D’Cruz (24.68), Tang Yi (24.87), Han Tingru (25.03), Sun Meichen (25.18) and Katinka Hosszu (25.59) turned in the other times in the finale.

Men’s 200 breast

Photo Courtesy: Maria Dobysheva

Photo Courtesy: Maria Dobysheva

Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta, the world-record holder in the event with a 2:00.48 from Dubai earlier this summer, popped a 2:03.40 to claim the title tonight.

China’s Mao Feilian (2:04.43) and Huang Chaosheng (2:05.62) finished second and third in the finale.

Japan’s Takeharu Fujimori (2:08.46), Wang Boyu (2:09.50), Yan Zibei (2:10.14), Liu Yunsong (2:12.50) and Taipei’s Hsuan-Yen Lee (2:14.68) claimed fourth through eighth.

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Men’s 100 IM

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Russia’s Sergiy Fesikov added a gold to his silver from earlier in the evening with a 52.30 to top the sprint medley.  Trinidad and Tobago’s George Bovell collected his second silver in 52.43 with China’s Wang Shun doubling up on bronzes with a 53.13.

Jiang Tiansheng (55.07), Yang Zhixian (55.13), Ling Huanan (55.15), USA’s Michael Andrew (55.59) and Hong Kong’s Raymond Mak (55.84) tracked down the rest of the finishes in the finale.

Women’s 200 back

Gian Mattia D'Alberto / lapresse 15-06-2014 Roma sport nuoto trofeo Settecolli nella foto: Katinka Hosszu HUN Gian Mattia D'Alberto / lapresse 15-06-2014 Rome in the photo: Katinka Hosszu HUN

Photo Courtesy: Gian Mattia Dalberto/Lapresse

She had to work a little extra for it compared to most of her other easy victories tonight, but Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu clipped Australia’s Madison Wilson, 2:02.71 to 2:02.81, for her fourth gold medal of the night.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Beisel earned her first career FINA World Cup paycheck with a third-place effort of 2:06.20.  Beisel, who is still settling into her professional swimming career, is getting her feet wet in Beijing as part of the FINA World Cup circuit.

Spain’s Duane Da Rocha (2:07.78), Xu Huiyi (2:09.27), Liu Haiyun (2:11.55), Chen Jie (2:15.02) and Spain’s Mireia Belmonte (2:15.77) placed fourth through eighth.

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Men’s 50 fly

Photo Courtesy: Griffin Scott

Photo Courtesy: Griffin Scott

South Africa’s Chad le Clos closed out a strong night of swimming with his third victory as he clocked a 22.03.  Deibler checked in second with a 22.69, while USA’s Giles Smith earned his first career FINA World Cup medal with a third-place 22.81.

South Africa’s Roland Schoeman (23.14), Zhang Qibin (23.16), USA’s Eugene Godsoe (23.29), Shi Yang (23.31) and Yu Hexin (23.33) rounded out the top eight.

Mixed 200 medley relay

With two of the hottest names in Chinese swimming, Ning Zetao and Lu Ying, bringing the swim home, China topped the mixed relay with a 1:40.10. Russia wound up a distant second in 1:43.86 with Japan taking third in 1:46.75.

China’s splits:
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