MOSCOW, Russia, October 4. Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu kept on rolling tonight with another five medals (three gold, two bronze) during the first night of swimming at the FINA World Cup in Moscow. Hosszu is coming off a record 10 gold medal performance in Hong Kong as she continues to track down a third-straight FINA World Cup overall title.
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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
Spain’s Mireia Belmonte clipped China’s Bi Yirong, 8:12.12 to 8:12.91, to win the first gold medal on offer here in Moscow. Hungary’s Evelyn Verraszto, who collected six bronzes in Hong Kong, was at it again with another bronze when she clocked an 8:41.81 tonight.
Anastasia Osipenko (8:44.20), Anastasia Guzhenkova (8:46.37), Irina Arzhantseva (8:54.44), Polina Volkodavova (8:57.16) and Daria Klimova (8:57.20) also placed in the top eight of the timed final event.[table “” not found /]
Men’s 400 IM
Australia’s Thomas Fraser-Holmes, who picked up four golds in Hong Kong, started where he left off with a 4:02.31 to capture the men’s distance medley title this evening in Moscow. Hungary’s David Verraszto took a close second in 4:02.90, while compatriot Gergely Gyurta rounded out the podium with a third-place 4:07.26.
Japan’s Hiromasa Fujimori (4:07.41), Dmitrii Gorbunov (4:11.93), China’s Wang Fu (4:14.90), Sergey Strelnikov (4:15.09) and Denmark’s Chris Christensen (4:20.74) closed out the top eight finishers in the finale.[table “” not found /]
Men’s 100 free
2014 points leader Chad le Clos made a strong first step tonight with a winning 46.60 in the 100 free, while Germany’s Steffen Deibler raced into second in 47.18. USA’s Tom Shields kept on collecting valuable cluster points with a 47.35 for third.
Oleg Tikhobaev (48.20), Belarus’ Artyom Machekin (48.40), Russia’s Viacheslave Prudnikov (48.68), Evgeniy Ayzetullov (49.23) and Valerii Govako (49.57) also competed in the finale.[table “” not found /]
Women’s 200 free
Out under world-record pace at the 100 with a 54.17, Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu settled in to win her first gold of the meet with a 1:53.18 in the 200 free. Hosszu is coming off a record 10 gold-medal performance in Hong Kong, and could do much of the same here in Moscow.
Russia’s Veronika Popova snatched silver in 1:54.88, while Hungary’s Evelyn Verraszto checked in for her second bronze of the night with a third-place 1:56.26.
Russia’s Daria Mullkaeva (1:57.83), Russia’s Valeria Salamatina (1:58.58), Irina Shvaeva (1:59.57), Denmark’s Julie Levisen (2:00.44) and Russia’s Polina Lapshina (2:02.60) also swam in the championship heat.[table “” not found /]
Men’s 50 breast
Germany’s Marco Koch edged Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta in the sprint breaststroke event, 26.52 to 26.56. Meanwhile, Russia’s Andrei Nikolaev won his first World Cup medal of the season with a third-place 26.87.
Sergei Geibel (26.90), Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki (26.97), Igor Golovin (27.11), Anton Panferov (27.23) and Sergey Silin (27.79) closed out the championship finale.
Women’s 100 breast
Japan’s Rie Kaneto won the 100-meter breaststroke this evening with a wire-to-wire victory as she threw down a 1:05.66 for the gold medal. She finished nearly a second ahead of the field as Daria Deeva touched second with a 1:06.30. Russia’s Maria Astashkina earned third with a 1:06.51.
Finland’s Jenna Laukkanen (1:06.97), Denmark’s Louise Dalgaard (1:07.47), Russia’s Vitalina Simonova (1:07.71), Ukraine’s Olga Tovstogan (1:07.81) and Natalia Ivaneeva (1:08.04) finished fourth through eighth.[table “” not found /]
Women’s 100 fly
The Netherlands’ Inge Dekker, the undisputed sprint queen of the FINA World Cup circuit thus far with more than $50,000 in winning already, captured her first gold in Moscow with a 56.08. Anastasia Lyazeva (58.43) and Ekaterina Shapanikova (59.05) duked it out for second and third, while Alina Kashinskaya finishing fourth in 59.09.
China’s Xin Min (59.82), Anna Polyakova (1:00.38), Ekaterina Lvova (1:00.59) and Daria Tcvetkova (1:01.38) also turned in times in the finale.[table “” not found /]
Men’s 100 back
Germany’s Christian Diener blazed his way to a 50.31 to win the backstroke event this evening, and it wasn’t even close as he led throughout the entire race.
USA’s Tom Shields grabbed another valuable 9 cluster points with his second medal of the night, posting a 51.04 for silver. Australia’s Bobby Hurley wound up third with a 51.17, returning to the World Cup series after taking the Hong Kong stop off.
China’s Li Guangyuan (52.44), Ukraine’s Andriy Khloptsov (53.66), Finland’s Sergei Haukka (53.96), Latvia’s Pavels Vilcans (54.17) and Ukraine’s Sergiy Varvaruk (54.68) also swam for the title.[table “” not found /]
Women’s 50 back
Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina hit the wall just ahead of Denmark’s Mie Nielsen, 26.33 to 26.44, in the sprint backstroke event this evening.
Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu won her first bronze medal of the circuit since Dubai with a third-place 26.78. Hosszu won 10 golds and 2 silvers during her last stop, the Hong Kong meet, and had not seen the lower step of the podium in quite some time.
Russia’s Maria Kameneva (27.65), Nadezhda Vinyukova (28.03), Arina Surkova (28.33), Daria Kartashova (28.46) and Polina Egorova (28.47) comprised the rest of the championship field.
Men’s 200 fly
Out under world-record pace at the 100 with a 52.67 split, South Africa’s Chad le Clos picked up his second gold of the night in 1:49.73. Meanwhile, USA’s Tom Shields placed second in 1:51.61 for his third medal of the night and second silver. Although le Clos’ wins are closing the cluster two points gap with Shields, the American was the first male to break 100 points with 105 so far in the cluster.
Russia’s Nikolay Skvortsov scored a bronze with a 1:53.53, his third bronze of the circuit after taking the Hong Kong stop off.
Russia’s Aleksandr Kudashev (1:54.61), Japan’s Masato Sakai (1:55.39), China’s Zheng Tong (1:55.39) and Hungary’s David Verraszto (1:56.72) placed fourth through seventh with Denmark’s Viktor Bromer drawing a disqualification.[table “” not found /]
Women’s 200 IM
Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu won her second gold of the night, and third medal overall, with a dominant effort of 2:05.81. It wasn’t close to her world record of 2:02.13 from earlier this year in the FINA World Cup, but it was more than enough to beat the field here in Moscow.
Spain’s Mireia Belmonte clocked a second-place 2:08.25 for her second medal of the night, while Hungary’s Evelyn Verraszto collected her third bronze tonight with a 2:10.69.
Russia’s Veronika Popova (2:11.6$), Maria Astashkina (2:12.74), Vitalina Simonova (2:13.58), Alina Kendzior (2:14.84) and Polina Retyunskaya (2:18.57) finished fourth through eighth.[table “” not found /]
Men’s 400 free
Australia’s Thomas Fraser-Holmes topped his second event of the night with a 3:40.59 in the middle distance freestyle. Meanwhile, China’s Li Yongwei cleared Serbia’s Velimir Stjepanovic, 3:42.90 to 3:43.06, for second-place honors.
Ukraine’s Sergiy Frolov (3:43.28), Mikhail Polishchuk (3:46.38), Australia’s Bobby Hurley (3:46.99), Hungary’s Gergely Gyurta (3:47.10) and China’s Hong Jinlong (3:47.53) also vied for the 400 free title tonight.[table “” not found /]
Women’s 50 free
The Netherlands’ Inge Dekker ran down her second gold medal of the night with a 24.05 in the sprint free, while Denmark’s Julie Levisen earned her first World Cup cash with a second-place time of 24.82. Levisen edged Katinka Hosszu, who placed third in 24.83 for her fourth medal of the night overall (2 gold, 2 bronze).
Russia’s Daria S. Ustinova and Elizaveta Bazarova tied for fourth with matching 25.00s, while China’s Wu Yue finished sixth in 25.12.
Arina Surkova (25.17) and Daria Kartashova (25.41) rounded out the rest of the heat.
Men’s 200 breast
Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta returned fire against Germany’s Marco Koch after losing to him in the 50, as Gyurta clocked a 2:01.88 to beat Koch’s 2:02.07 this evening in the 200-meter event.
Russia’s Oleg Kostin finished third overall in 2:06.49, while Kirill Prigoda wound up fourth in 2:07.31.
Sergey Silin (2:08.54), Vladislav Finochenko (2:08.73), Anton Tischenko (2:10.76) and Ukraine’s Dmytro Oseledets (2:11.52) managed to take fifth through eighth tonight.[table “” not found /]
Men’s 100 IM
With his fourth medal, and first gold of the night, USA’s Tom Shields gained some much needed cluster points as he raced to a 53.53 for the win in the sprint medley. Overall points leader Chad le Clos had been gaining on Shields’ cluster 2 led, but Shields put some distance between he and le Clos with this win.
Estonia’s Martin Liivamagi earned his first paycheck of the circuit with a second-place 54.16, while Russia’s Viacheslav Prudnikov claimed third overall in 54.27.
Anton Panferov (54.65), Russia’s Semen Makovich (55.04), Australia’s Bobby Hurley (55.09), Russia’s Evgeny Koptelov (55.19) and Dmitry Zhilin (55.57) also swam in the finale.[table “” not found /]
Women’s 200 back
The Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu earned her third gold of the night, and fifth overall, with a 2:02.05 to top the 200-meter backstroke this evening. That pushed her past 200 total cluster points as the $50,000 from the second cluster is a lock for Hosszu already.
Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina hit the wall second in 2:02.87 with Anastasia Osipenko claiming her first check of the circuit with a third-place 2:06.59.
Denmark’s Mie Nielsen (2:07.66), Russia’s Irina Prikhodko (2:07.91), Russia’s Polina Lapshina (2:10.92), Spain’s Mireia Belmonte (2:12.46) and China’s Chen Jie (2:13.27) closed out the heat.[table “” not found /]
Men’s 50 fly
South Africa’s Chad le Clos posted an impressive 22.08 to win the sprint fly tonight, not too far off Steffen Deibler’s world record of 21.80 from the 2009 Berlin stop of the FINA World Cup. That was le Clos’ third win of the night, but it wasn’t enough to catch USA’s Tom Shields for the cluster point lead as Shields took third in 22.72. Shields enters the final session of the cluster tomorrow with a 123-108 lead for the big $50,000 check.
Deibler, meanwhile, grabbed second tonight in 22.64.
Finland’s Riku Poytaykivi finished fourth in 23.14 with Russia’s Evgeny Korotyshkin earning fifth in 23.17.
Vladislav Seryy (23.47), Russia’s Viacheslav Prudnikov (23.90) and Evgeny Sedov (24.14) put up the rest of the times in the finale.
Mixed 200 medley relay
Russia’s Maria Kamaneva (27.40), Andrei Nikolaev (26.64), Evgeny Korotyshkin (22.86) and Elizaveta Bazarova (24.36) took home the gold in the mixed medley with a 1:41.26. Russia-St. Petersburg’s Daria Kartashova (28.56), Kirill Prigoda (26.56), Anastasia Lyazeva (26.38) and Oleg Tikhobaev (21.21) finished second in 1:42.71.
Denmark’s Mie Nielsen (26.69), Chris Christensen (27.94), Viktor Bromer (23.81) and Julie Levisen (24.60) placed third in 1:43.04 with Russia-Moscow’s Madezhda Vinyukova (27.93), Vsevolod Zanko (27.18), Aleksandra Chesnokova (27.61) and Andrey Zhilkin (22.01) earning fourth in 1:44.73.
China’s Li Guangyuan (24.91), Zheng Tuo (28.47), Xin Min (26.97) and Wu Yue (24.91) also competed, taking fifth in 1:45.26.
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