Katinka Hosszu and Sarah Sjostrom’s Impending 100 IM Duel Highlights Sunday in Hong Kong World Cup

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The second and final morning of the Hong Kong World Cup featured a mountain of events as Katinka Hosszu continued to impress with two top times on Sunday morning. Rikke Pedersen and David Foldhazi were also on top in two events on the morning. The big storyline headed into Sunday night is the clash between Hosszu and Sarah Sjostrom in the 100 IM final as two of the best female swimmers in the world will be going head to head for the first time in Hong Kong. Hosszu had the upper hand in the prelims this morning.

Today’s events:

  • Women’s 100 Free
  • Men’s 200 Free
  • Women’s 50 Breast
  • Men’s 100 Breast
  • Men’s 100 Fly
  • Women’s 100 Back
  • Men’s 50 Back
  • Men’s 200 IM
  • Women’s 400 Free
  • Men’s 50 Free
  • Women’s 200 Breast
  • Women’s 100 IM
  • Men’s 200 Back
  • Women’s 50 Fly

Women’s 100 Free

Femke Heemskerk had the fastest 100 free of the morning with a 54.07  on Sunday morning at the Hong Kong World Cup stop. Heemskerk leads Hong Kong’s Hang Yu Sze (54.81) and Camille Cheng (54.87). Two other swimmers had direct access to the final tonight via the new World Cup rules, which explains why there are only 6 Q’s on the results summary. It is expected that Sarah Sjostrom and Ranomi Kromowidjojo are the two swimmers with direct access.

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Men’s 200 Free

The Netherlands’ Kyle Stolk had the fastest 200 free on Sunday morning with a 1:47.27. Stolk is ahead of Russian Daniil Pasnykov (1:48.13) and American Tom Shields (1:48.40). Shields is already a winner of the 200 fly and runner-up in the 50 fly at the Hong Kong World Cup stop here.

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Women’s 50 Breast

Denmark’s Rikke Pedersen had the fastest 50 breast of the morning with a 31.61. Pedersen is fresh off a silver medal in the 100 breast last night and is coming off a disappointing summer where she failed to get out of semi-finals in both Olympic distances. Pedersen leads Rainbow Ip of Hong Kong (32.55). Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson is the swimmer with direct access to the final tonight.

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Men’s 100 Breast

The Netherlands continued its strong showing at the FINA World Cup as Arno Kamminga had the fastest 100 breast morning swim with a 58.09. He is seeded ahead of Russian Kirill Prigoda (58.68), who got the bronze in this event in Budapest. Belarus’ Ilya Shymanovich is third at 59.07. South African sprint legend Cameron van der Burgh is also in the final tonight in fourth place.

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Men’s 100 Fly

Japan’s Yuya Yajima had a quick swim in the 100 fly heats with a 51.94 for the top seed. Paraguay’s Benjamin Hockin (53.28) and Belarus’ Pavel Sankovich (53.36) followed him in second and third. Two extra swimmers will be added to the final and it is assumed to be Chad Le Clos and Tom Shields in the final two spots.

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Women’s 100 Back

Iron lady Katinka Hosszu had the number one prelim time in the 100 back with a 57.77 to lead the qualifiers. Hosszu is first ahead of Maaike de Waard (59.28) and China’s Chen Jie (1:00.47). The last swimmer added to the final is expected to be Emily Seebohm of Australia via the automatic advance rule.

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Men’s 50 Back

Christian Diener of Germany is just ahead of Vladimir Morozov of Russia and Nelson Silva of Brazil in the 50 back heats. Diener swam a 24.18 to have the fastest time ahead of Morozov (24.32) and Silva (24.40). Pavel Sankovich of Belarus is also in the final for his second final of the session.

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Men’s 200 IM

Three guys broke the 2 minute barrier as Hungary’s David Foldhazi swam a 1:59.44 for the top seed. Foldhazi is fresh off a bronze medal last night in the 400 IM. He leads Kirill Prigoda of Russia (1:59.51) and Kenneth To of Hong Kong (1:59.92). All eight of the finalists will swim tonight as no swimmers had direct access to finals.

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Women’s 400 Free

Femke Heemskerk swam in some un-treaded waters as she swam the 400 free on Sunday morning in Hong Kong. The sprinter who normally is seen in the 100 and 200, moved up to the 400 and still swam the fastest time with a 4:15.43. She is ahead of Hong Kong’s Nam Wai Ho (4:16.76). It is expected that China’s Li Bingjie, who was the World Championship bronze medalist in this event, will also join these seven finalists.

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Men’s 50 Free

Chad Le Clos made his first appearance of the morning with a 22.04 in the 50 free heats on Sunday morning in Hong Kong. Le Clos leads German Damien Wierling (22.18) and Paraguay’s Benjamin Hockin (22.27). Two extra swimmers will advance to finals after not swimming this morning. Vladimir Morozov of Russia is perhaps one of them.

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Women’s 200 Breast

Denmark’s Rikke Pedersen had a strong 200 breast morning swim with a 2:22.03 to lead the qualifiers by over six full seconds. She is seeded ahead of Minnesota post-grad Kierra Smith of Canada (2:28.28) and even further ahead of Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson (2:32.67). All eight of the listed swimmers will compete in the A-final with no swimmers advancing automatically. Pedersen is also the top seed in the 50 for tonight as well.

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Women’s 100 IM

Two of the finest female swimmers we have ever seen will go head to head in the 100 IM tonight. The top two are a little overmatched in terms of specialities, but Katinka Hosszu and Sarah Sjostrom will do battle in the 100 IM final on Sunday night in Hong Kong. Hosszu was the only swimmer under a minute this morning as she was not far off her world record with a 57.78. Sjostrom is second at 1:00.70 and Femke Heemskerk is third at 1:01.53. An extra swimmer will advance to the final tonight.

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Men’s 200 Back

Hungary’s David Foldhazi has had a pretty good meet in Hong Kong so far as he leads the 200 back heats with a 1:58.49. Foldhazi is also the top seed in the 200 IM. Foldhazi is ahead of German Christian Diener (1:59.04) and American Tom Shields (1:59.09) in tonight’s final. One extra swimmer will advance to the final and it is likely to be Radoslaw Kawecki of Poland.

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Women’s 50 Fly

The final preliminary event of the morning at the Hong Kong World Cup saw Maaike de Waard of the Netherlands swim the fastest 50 fly with a 26.30. Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson (26.65) and Australia’s Emily Seebohm (26.66) were right behind in second and third. Two extra swimmers will be added to the final as one of them is expected to be Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden. The other is expected to be Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands.

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