2014 FINA World Cup Doha: World record and three wins for Hosszu on day 2, Dekker wins twice

  35 Jared Anderson | August 28th, 2014 | Featured, FINA World Cup Series, International, News, Previews & Recaps

Mitch Bowmile and Braden Keith contributed to this report.

We’re onto the final session of Doha’s World Cup, and prelims has set up the usual suspects for another big payday. Defending series points champion Katinka Hosszu punctuated a four-event morning with a world record in the 100 IM. Hosszu is looking at a very sprint-based lineup tonight, with the 100 free, 100 IM, 100 back and 50 fly, an interesting event schedule for a woman who typically rules the middle distances. She’ll also add the 400 IM and 200 fly, two timed final events that are more up her traditional alley.

Meanwhile men’s points winner Chad le Clos is starting his series with a lighter load, and has just the 100 fly tonight. That does mean the South African should be fresh, though, and it’ll be interesting to see what he can do in one of his best races after missing the Pan Pacific Championships.

Men’s 1500 Free

The men’s 1500m freestyle was won by Gergo Kis of Hungary in 14:50.24. The race came down to the wire as Velimir Stjepanovic finished just behind him in 14:50.92, making up some room on Kis on the last 100.

Ous Mellouli was about a second behind Stjepanovic to round out the top three with a 14:51.87. David Verraszto of Hungary was fourth.

Women’s 400 IM

Katinka Hosszu made it a double world record day, doubling down on her world mark in the shortest IM distance this morning to take out the longest IM distance at night. Hosszu was 4:20.83, sneaking just .02 under her own world record in the short course 400 IM and winning easily. That’s another $1500 for the win, plus her third $10,000 world record bonus, meaning Hosszu can probably afford a meal out at a fancy restaurant when her exhausting evening finally wraps up.

Second place was Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia at 4:25.85. What makes Hosszu’s swim so impressive is that Belmonte is an outstanding swimmer herself, probably one of the four or five best female swimmers at this meet, and Hosszu still rolled to a blowout win. Behind those two was American Caitlin Leverenz, who went 4:29.59 for bronze after taking silver in the 200 IM.

Women’s 100 Free

Last night’s 50 free winner Inge Dekker stayed hot with a win in the 100 as well. Dekker lost her biggest competitor when Hosszu scratched the race (she didn’t have the 400 IM right before it in prelims, and went 53.05), but the Dutch sprinter was still clearly the fastest woman here, going 52.61 for the win.

Australia’s Marieke D’Cruz was 53.18, just a tick off what Hosszu was in prelims, and bronze went to Lena Kreundl of Austria at 53.93.

Men’s 200 Free

In a battle of the Pan Pacs 200 free champ and the European 200 free champ, it was Pan Pacs that came out on top, with Australia’s Thomas Fraser-Holmes going 1:41.92 to easily win the event in Doha. Fraser-Holmes led over Velimir Stjepanovic by nearly a second at the 50 mark, with the Serb actually third. But Stjepanovic passed up the field as Fraser-Holmes accelerated away from it. Stjepanovic was 1:44.01 for second.

Just a tenth behind was Pawel Korzeniowski out of Poland. His 1:44.16 snuck out bronze over Russia’s Aleksandr Krasnykh (1:44.26).

Women’s 50 Breast

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson defended her 100 breast title from a day ago, going 29.12 to win the women’s 50 breast. Atkinson, a former Olympian and World Cup staple, was a good seven tenths better than her nearest challenger, American Breeja Larson. Larson was back at 29.87, and that pair were the only two swimmers under 30.

Iceland’s Hrafnhildur Luthersdottir took bronze in 30.67, building on her third-place finish in the 100 last night.

The 200 breast happens later this session in a timed final, so Atkinson will likely have a shot to sweep the breaststrokes in Doha.

Men’s 100 Breast

Daniel Gyurta grabbed another win for Hungary as he took down Cody Miller of the United States with a 57.04 in the 100m breaststroke. Miller was behind him in 57.25 followed by German breaststroke star Marco Koch who got his hand on the wall in 57.59.

As expected, this race was much faster than prelims, but it’s impressive that Miller, an American who just graduated college this spring, was able to put up such a strong fight against Gyurta, one of the most renowned breaststrokers in Europe.

Men’s 100 Fly

Tom Shields and Chad Le Clos battled it out again here in Doha, both competing in the 100m fly, but ultimately it was Le Clos who touched the wall first in 48.70. Le Clos won the 50 last night over Shields. Shields finished second here as well in 49.23.

That time for Le Clos missed the world record by just over two tenths, a narrow margin by which to miss a $10,000 payday. That time does stand as a new South African record, though, and is the third-fastest ever swum in the event. Shields was just about four tenths over his own national record in this event after setting the American 200 fly mark yesterday.

Poland’s Konrad Czerniak was a ways back at 50.55 to pick up bronze over Germany’s Steffen Deibler (50.74).

Women’s 100 Back

Ho-hum, another swim, another win for Katinka Hosszu. After setting a European record with her 55.38 in prelims of the 100 back, Hosszu returned to go 56.06 for the easy event title. Coming off of the 400 IM tonight instead of the 100 free this morning, Hosszu was considerably more fatigued, but was still the fastest woman in the pool by 1.8 seconds. She was just seven one-hundredths off the old European record, meaning she nearly put up the two fastest swims in European history in the same day.

Second went to Daryna Zevina of the Ukraine at 57.80, and third-place prize money went to Colombia’s Carolina Colorado at 58.60. In an event that really dropped off in depth, Sanja Jovanovic from Croatia was the only other woman under a minute.

Men’s 50 Back

It was Eugene Godsoe who picked up the first American win of the day, going 23.22 to win the 50 back. Godsoe beat out Australia’s Bobby Hurley for the win by just a couple tenths.

The race for silver was incredible, as Hurley nipped Christian Diener by a single hundredth, 23.51 to 23.52, relegating the German to bronze medal status. Fourth went to Spain’s Miguel Ortiz at 23.67 before the rest of the field trailed off to the 24s.

Women’s 200 Fly

The 400 IM wasn’t close, but Mireia Belmonte Garcia still found a way to rain on the Katinka Hosszu parade on day 2. Belmonte beat out Hosszu for the 200 fly win by a solid 1-second margin.

Belmonte was 2:03.39, running third at the 100-mark but accelerating past the leaders, Hosszu and Germany’s Franziska Hentke, over the back half to pull out the win. Hosszu wound up 2:04.48 for second, just barely beating Hentke’s 2:04.55. Fourth went to American Caitlin Leverenz back at 2:07.27.

Men’s 200 IM

Thomas Fraser-Holmes picked up his 4th win of the Doha stop at the 2014 World Cup so far with a 1:53.92 in the men’s 200 IM.

It wasn’t clear early that this race would go the Aussie’s way. Marco Koch and Cody Miller, both of whom are outstanding breaststrokers, sat in the lead after the butterfly, and Fraser-Holmes only gave himself a little margin over Koch after the backstroke leg.

Koch, though, looked much better in finals on his breaststroke leg than he did in prelims, and woudn up half-a-second ahead going into the last lap of this race. Fraser-Holmes was not daunted by the gap, however, and almost immediately pulled back into the lead.

He wound up pulling by Koch and winning by his own half-a-second, with his German opponent placing 2nd in 1:54.45.
Miller stayed in this race with the fastest breaststroke split of the field, and took 3rd in 1:55.45. Hungary’s David Verraszto was 4th in 1:55.74, and the top seed in prelims Jakub Maly of Austria placed 5th in 1:56.87.

Women’s 400 Free

Things continue to roll for Mireia Belmonte Garcia, as she won her second straight title with the women’s 400 free. The Spanish machine crushed a 4:00.91 that beat the field by a wide margin, giving her a $3,000 paycheck just from two events over less than a half hour.

Second was Julia Hassler out of tiny Liechtenstein. Hassler was 4:06.04, and was as far ahead of third place as Belmonte was ahead of her. Daryna Zevina of the Ukraine was 4:12.04 to take the third-place prize money.

Men’s 50 Free

American Josh Schneider picked up his first career World Cup win, going a 21.07 to win the men’s 50 free by a relatively comfortable margin.

He beat out a tie between Poland’s Konrad Czerniak and George Bovell in 21.43 for 2nd place.

Ari-Pekka Liukkonen wasn’t far behind for 4th in 21.44, followed by Roland Schoeman (21.56) and Steffen Deibler (21.67).

Of peculiar note, though in the real world it’s not all that significant, the top four finishers all had matching .68 reaction times coming off the blocks.

Women’s 200 Breast

With just four women in the 200 breast, competition was quite spread out, and three of the four came back with prize money. American Breeja Larson picked up the win after a runner-up finish in the 200 earlier today. Her 2:20.71 won by three seconds over Iceland’s Hrafnhildur Luthersdottir.

Luthersdottir was 2:23.70 for second, followed by the second American, Laura Sogar. Sogar was 2:25.90 to pick up the final prize money amount. The final swimmer was Michee Van Rooyen out of South Africa, who went 2:45.82.

Women’s 100 IM

Swimming in her fourth event of the day, Katinka Hosszu got her third win. Her 57.34 was a tenth off the world record she set during prelims, but still won easily over Aleksanra Urbanczyk.

Urbanczyk, of Poland, was 59.46, and third went to Caitlin Leverenz of the U.S., who managed to earn money in all three IMs this week. Leverenz was 59.75, beating Austria’s Lisa Zaiser for bronze.

Men’s 200 Back

Germany’s Christian Diener picked up the 200 back win with a 1:50.20 in the timed final event. Diener led wire-to-wire in a dominant performance.

Second went to rising American butterflyer Tom Shields, making a rare backstroke appearance. Shields, an underwater phenom, was 1:51.40 to move up to second place. Bronze went to Japan’s Hayate Matsubara at 1:51.95.

Women’s 50 Fly

Winner of two races yesterday, Dutch sprinter Inge Dekker matched that total today, winning the women’s 50 fly with a 25.27. Dekker beat Australia’s Marieke D’Cruz for the win, with D’Cruz coming in at 25.64.

Third, and quite a ways back, was Katinka Hosszu, finishing a very full day with a 26.38 and the final paycheck of the meet. Hosszu was far behind the leaders but well ahead of fourth-place Carolina Colorado of Colombia.

Mixed 4×50 Free Relay

Austria came down with the final mixed relay, going 1:34.47 to beat out three other nations. The Austrians led off with Martin Spitzer and continued the relay with Lena Kreundl, Gottfried Eisenberger and Lisa Zaiser. Spitzer’s 22.20 was the best lead-off leg, and Zaiser’s 25.03 was the best women’s leg of the field.

China wound up second, going 1:36.43 with a team of Jiawei Tang, Xinyi Zou, Ying Bao and Tengfei Shi. Shi’s 21.89 anchor leg was the event’s fastest overall split. Third place went to Switzerland at 1:36.81.

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35 Comments on "2014 FINA World Cup Doha: World record and three wins for Hosszu on day 2, Dekker wins twice"

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1 year 8 months ago

World Record for Katinka in the 400 IM, narrowly breaking her old record, 4:20.83. That is all three of the IM world record all in one stop of the series.

1 year 8 months ago

I half-wish Hosszu would focus exclusively on the 100 back tonight. She already has the IM WRs, but she put a real scare into the 100 back this morning. That would be great for her.

1 year 8 months ago

FINA reports:
Before her third participation in this circuit, her statistics were already impressive: 71 gold medals and six World Records. In terms of victories, only two athletes in the history of the World Cup had done better: Martina Moravcova (SVK), with 105 successes, and Therese Alshammar (SWE) with 93 triumphs. At Hosszu’s rhythm, these two landmarks in the history of the competition could soon be improved. After the first day in Doha, Hosszu has 75 wins and the 2014 edition has just started!

david s
1 year 8 months ago

48.70 for Chad
The greatest swimmer in the world

lane 0
1 year 8 months ago

his 100 free and 50 fly were also incredible.
He should try the long course 100m free, another chance to race Phelps.

1 year 8 months ago

He went a 48,6 I think on 100 free.. Unless he and Phelps can swim a 47, both are not even close to medal contenders, might not even get a final without a 48 low.. Then can be valuable for relays, but it may be too difficult for them to contend individually..I Know phelps got the 100 free spot for Worlds.. impressive.. but not on a level to medal yet..

Lane 0
1 year 8 months ago

True, but I think both can improve. Chad has endurance from the 200 fly and 400 IM, but also speed as was clear from his 22.1 50 fly, 3 tenths of the WR. I’m making a prediction he will beat MP in the 100 fly, Phelps was never that fast in a 50 fly.

1 year 8 months ago

These days it’s not Phelps long-haul endurance or his speed he relies on. It’s his ability to take it out at 99% and come back at 100%. Chad might have better speed and better endurance, but he can’t keep up his front end attack without sacrificing the backhalf, unlike Phelps, who basically negative splits the 100 (accounting for starts etc).

Justin Thompson
1 year 8 months ago

He maybe the greatest SCM butterfly swimmer in the world and he’s probably best 200m LCM flyer at the moment while the 100 is up for grabs in LCM. Take him out of the fly and what’s he the best at? Free, Back, Breast, IM?

david s
1 year 8 months ago

All you thumbdowners are just jealous of the KING

1 year 8 months ago

King of what? He’s best in the world at one event, one of the best in another. Above average in a bunch. That could be said of several other swimmers these days.

Is he great? Yes. Is he the “KING?” Eh… not quite, I don’t think.

david s
1 year 8 months ago

What other swimmer could win gold in both the 100 free and 50 fly , even on the same day!!
You’re right he’s not the King of swimming, he’s the God of swimming

1 year 8 months ago

Mr Manaudou would like a word and Katinka is breaking 3 world records in 2 days. Next.

1 year 8 months ago

On SC Cielo and Manadou could do that.. and add the fact that if Manadou and Cielo were on the pool Le Clos would probably get a pair of bronzes only..

david s
1 year 8 months ago

Chad would eat those 2 for breakfast

1 year 8 months ago

David S is on the right track, even if a little exuberant! Cielo and Manadou haven’t bothered to turn up. That suggests that they aren’t in good enough shape to beat the King, or that they would prefer to be the king of the training pool, which is pretty sad. Chad is the dominant male swimmer in world swimming. That’s why he is the King. If your boys don’t like it then let them “Come and have a go, if they think they’re hard enough!”

1 year 8 months ago

Chad has the most horrible butterfly i have seen at high level , regarless of the wins . He doesn’t yet come close to Lochte’s level of versitality in LC pools or SC pools . We will see that after Rio . he hasn’t won yet Kazan 100 & 200 butterfly titles nor in Rio . Wait a little minute my friend …..

Justin Thompson
1 year 8 months ago

The comment is so ridiculous you are just trying to stir things up 🙂

1 year 8 months ago

Hosszu is a real master at nursing those world records just enough to keep the big bonuses coming. Can’t blame her, with the way the incentives are designed. She’s better off to try to keep it close and risk missing by a tenth or two, rather than break a record by two seconds and kill the golden goose.

1 year 8 months ago

Maybe marco koch should try 200 im in lcm, he has amazing turns. Can someone tell me what hentkes 2.04.55 convert to in lcm? Amazing meet for diener, he has 2 first place and 1 third place finish. I know that there are no good backstrokers at this meet, but he has at least made 3000$ – ?, i think thats still a lot of money for him.

1 year 8 months ago

I don’t know much about the financial side of pro swimming and all these mention of cash prizes has got me wondering how profitable swimming and winning at the World Cup is? In general, does a swimmer pay their own way to World Cup competitions or do sponsors or federations absorb the expenses?

1 year 8 months ago

GroGro – it kind of depends on the federation that an athlete is part of and who is hosting it. Some athletes can negotiate for the host federation to cover travel costs, others have to pay their own way.

Chad le Clos is making a profit, as is Hosszu, obviously. I think everyone who wins a cluster prize is probably clearing a substantial contribution to their annual salary, even if they’re paying their own way.

1 year 8 months ago

Thanks for the reply Braden. It would be good to look further into the swimmers incentive structures, “Freakanomics” style. It is pretty clear the Chad and Katinka use this series as a big financial earner, net of expenses. Other big stars that are decent in SCM and opt out, are either getting paid enough to train hard and only compete at big championships, or don’t think they can win enough net of expenses to make the series worth their while. I suspect that it is a bit of both. Would love to hear your thoughts.

1 year 8 months ago

Thanks Braden. I am in awe with how Hosszu has worked the circuit.

1 year 8 months ago

Hey guys , Usa swimmers are doing very well in Doha so far . Some Golds allready and second places or third . Cody Miller was just behind Gyurta in the 100 breast , 3d in the 200 IM . Woww , he is on the rise . Godsoe won the 50 back , Breeja larson won the 200 breast , Shields is second ( not far from Chad at all ) on 100 buttefly and 200 back !!! Schneider took his first win .

1 year 8 months ago

Is it just me, or are some Chad le Clos supporters kind of obnoxious?

david s
1 year 8 months ago

Just you

1 year 8 months ago

It seems to me hoszu is sacrificing big meets golds for some cash and records in these meets that eventually will be broken and no one will remember in two years or even next summer. As far as le clos being the best summer and the king that is ridiculous. There is only one king and his name is Michael. In fact at the stage le close (I think he is 22) is in now the real king was already multiple world and Olympic champion and record holder in many events.

1 year 8 months ago

David S wont like this post for sure LOLLLLLLLLLLLL

1 year 8 months ago

Hosszu won three gold, one silver and two bronze at European Championship last week more individual medals (5) than any other swimmers including Sjoestrom, and she won two golds at the World Championship last year, it does not seem that she sacrified anything for these world cup titles.

1 year 8 months ago

TM, I think that you are confusing the titles of the “Greatest swimmer of all time” and former King Michael I, and the current King Chad II. King Chad will probably never be the G.O.A.T. but for now he is the King, and welcomes all challengers to his crown. Clearly there is a little “tongue in cheek” going on here, but the logic behind the banter is sound. 🙂

1 year 8 months ago

I agree that if she doesn’t start managing her energy and event schedule, she may retire as the best swimmer in history to never win an Olympic medal. She’ll be 27 in Rio and the world is getting faster.

1 year 8 months ago

I disgaree. There were swimmers with greater accolade than Hosszu who never won olympics medal. For example, Tracey Wickham who swam legendary WRs in 400-800-1500 which lasted until Janet Evans broke them. Wickham was the Katie Ledecky of her days. Her 400 world championships record even lasted for 30 years until Manadau broke it in 2007. She also won 400-800 in 1978 worlds and would have won 1,500 too had it been a worlds even, considering she was the WR holder.

Meanwhile, Hosszu has never broken any LCM WR, not in shiny suit, not in textile.
And it’s not the fault of swimmers in 1970s if there was SCM competitions.standards yet.

1 year 8 months ago

Oh by the way, IMO, Chad Le Clos is extremely talented. I just wished he had an ounce of Phelps burning ambition, laser focus, competitiveness and pent-up drive.
Just some of it, too much of it would not make a fun person that he seemingly is.

By the way, I remember I was chastised and burnt at the stake when during 2012 London I had the audacity to declare Le Clos is Phelps’ young pretender in the fly events.
You know we can always give credit and recognition without making less the achievement of somebody else.

Also, I think the so-called Le Clos’ supporters here (David S, Billabong) are not too serious. Lighten up guys.

1 year 8 months ago

It’s a bit like an investor in 1998 saying I want to sell my IBM and Microsoft shares (the greatest US Tech firms ever) and buy Apple instead. People would have just laughed at you and told you that you were going to loose a lot of money. When Phelps first anounced his comeback, exited “Phans” on this site were predicting 4-6 golds in Rio for the 31 yr old to be. By implication they expected Chad (24 in Rio)to get a couple of silvers at best. It was a complete no-brainer to buy Chad and sell Phelps at those expectation levels(prices).

The title of King adds a little humour to the debate. Thanks to David S for that one. 🙂


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