Katinka Hosszu Leads Four Events, Andrii Govorov Two On Day One of World Cup Berlin

Photo Courtesy: Stephane Kempinaire

The second stop of the 2016 FINA World Cup started this morning in Berlin. With seven events contested on the women’s side this morning, Katinka Hosszu once again established herself as the one to beat. The Iron Lady took the top seeds in the 200 backstroke (2:04.18), 200 IM (2:09.69), 100 butterfly (57.27), and 200 freestyle (1:58.16). Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina set the world cup record just last week in the 200 backstroke. This morning she qualified second in 2:06.25.

Hannah Miley (1:58.84) and Madeline Groves (1:58.93) are second and third seeds for tonight’s 200 freestyle. In the 100 butterfly, Jeanette Ottesen qualified second with her 57.81. Ottesen led the way in the 50 freestyle, stopping the clock in 24.32 this morning, a half second ahead of the next best swimmers, Madeline Groves (24.93) and Holly Barratt (24.85).

After tying the 100 breaststroke world record last week, Alia Atkinson set herself to take aim at the 1:02.36 mark again tonight. The Jamaican touched in 1:04.79 this morning, with Katie Meili just behind in 1:05.09.

Emily Seebohm sprinted to the top of the 50 backstroke with a 26.76 this morning.

On the men’s side, Andrii Govorov was the only swimmer to earn more than one top seed this morning. The Ukrainian qualified first in the 50 butterfly (22.29) and 100 freestyle (47.62). Valdimir Morozov was on his heels with a 47.71 in the 100 freestyle.

After setting a world record in the 100 IM last week, Morozov (54.29) cruised through prelims in the fourth spot. Michael Andrew is the top qualifier with a 53.33 and Dominki Franke will be seeded second in 53.90.

Marco Koch edged Kirill Prigoda for the top spot in the 200 breaststroke as the two touched in 2:07.18 and 2:07.58. In the 50 breaststroke it was Prigoda with the fastest qualifying time of 26.79, just ahead of Andrew in 26.94.

Mitch Larkin posted the fastest prelims time in the 100 backstroke with a 51.09.

Live results are available here.

1 comment

  1. avatar

    Did Marco Koch get sick last WC? He was a no show after the first day’s prelims.