2015 FINA World Cup Dubai: Prelims Day Two


The highlight of the second prelims session at the World Cup in Dubai was Jamaican Alia Atkinson‘s 50 breaststroke performance. Atikinson posted a 30.34, which was the fastest qualifying time by almost a full second. Her time beats her season’s best of 30.55, which was the world’s top time coming into the day.

The top two qualifiers in the women’s 100 freestyle was no surprise as Italian Federica Pellegrini finished in a time of 55.23 followed by Hungarian Katinka Hosszu who recorded a 55.31.

Hosszu was also the second fastest qualifier in the 100 backstroke (1:01.83) and the 400 freestyle (4:08.41).

Australian Emily Seebohm was the top qualifier in the women’s 100 backstroke posting a 1:00.65. Seebohm will be looking to sweep the backstroke events at a World Cup competition once again.

Lauren Boyle of New Zealand was the top qualifier in the women’s 400 freestyle swimming a 4:08.01.

The women’s 200 breaststroke could be an outstanding race as the world’s second, third and fourth ranked swimmers put up the fastest three times of the morning. Rie Kaneto of Japan qualified in a time of 2:26.04 followed by teammate Runa Imai who posted a 2:26.44 and Rikke Moller Pederesen of Denmark who recorded a 2:26.65.

Australian Mitch Larkin was the top qualifier in the men’s 200 backstroke posting a time of 1:59.44. Larkin will be racing out of lane five in the 50 backstroke as American David Plummer was the top qualifier in the event recording a 24.82.

Yannick Agnel of France was the top qualifier in the men’s 200 freestyle finishing in a time of 1:48.85. Although entered in the 50 freestyle Agnel did not swim the event. Bruno Giuseppefratus of Brazil was the top qualifier in the 50 freestyle recording a 22.23 followed by American Anthony Erivn who hit the wall in a time of 22.40.

Adam Peaty was the top qualifier in the men’s 100 breaststroke posting a time of 1:00.06. South African Cameron van der Burgh put up the second fastest qualifying time of 1:01.21 followed by American Kevin Cordes who finished in a time of 1:01.23.


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So nice to see Agnel at the top of a results sheet again. It’s been far too long.


Words can’t describe how happy I am with Alia Atkinson and her huge accomplishments. Go Alia, Jamaicans pay attention, Usain Bolt is not the only winner!

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