2015 FINA World Cup Singapore: Day 2 Finals



Women’s 100 Freestyle – FINAL

It was yet another Campbell Sister 1-2 finish in the women’s 100 freestyle, with elder sister Cate taking the top prize. Cate threw down a swift 53.09 for the win (25.57/27.52), followed closely by sister Bronte who touched in 53.58. This is the 4th time this year that the Australian duo has taken gold and silver in a single World Cup event, with Cate leading each time. Katinka Hosszu swam her way to bronze in tonight’s 100 free in a time of 54.23. USA’s Madison Kennedy was the only other sub-55 swimmer, placing 4th in 54.81.

Men’s 200 Freestyle – FINAL

Australia claimed another win right away tonight, in the form of Dan Smith‘s victory in the 200 freestyle, marking Smith’s 4th straight World Cup gold in the event.  Smith’s time of 1:48.15 was a bit off his winning 1:46.70 from Beijing earlier this week, but was enough to hold off the rest of the field, which included 5 Singaporeans.  Of the 5, one Singapore local athlete placed on the podium, with Kai Quan Yeo tying Japan’s Masato Sakai for 2nd place, both scoring a time of 1:51.07.

Women’s 50 Breaststroke – FINAL

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson took her 14th gold medal in this event at a World Cup, charging to the wall first tonight in 30.74.  Australian Sally Hunter blazed into 2nd place in a tie of 31.50, with USA’s Micah Lawrence right behind in 31.66.  Atkinson has won this event in 12 of her last 13 appearances at a World Cup – quite a streak.  With Hunter’s silver, the Aussies are 3-for-3 in podium appearances so far tonight in Singapore.

Men’s 100 Breaststroke – FINAL

Winning his 9th World Cup gold of the 2015 series, South African Cameron Van der Burgh nabbed the 100 breast victory in the only sub-minute time of the field – 59.38.  This means that VDB is unbeaten thus far this year in the event at the World Cup and well on his way to potentially becoming the top earner this series.  USA’s Kevin Cordes, who trains under Coach Sergio Lopez in Singapore, finished with silver tonight in 1:00.81, with China’s Li Xiang swimming to bronze in 1:01.03.

Men’s 100 Butterfly – FINAL

Straight off his silver medal in the 200 free, Japan’s Masato Sakai claimed the gold in tonight’s 100 fly, clocking a time of 53.53.  Sakai also won this same event earlier this week in Beijing, where he registered an almost identical time of 53.52.  We saw our 2nd tie of the evening for silver, this time between Russia’s Viacheslav Prudnikov and Singapore’s Zheng Wen Quah, who both touched in 53.66 behind Sakai.

Women’s 100 Backstroke – FINAL

2015’s double backstroke world champion, Emily Seebohm, scored another victory in the 100m backstroke race, chalking up her 5th straight World Cup gold medal in the event.  58.72 was Seebohm’s commanding time, clearing the field by over a second.  Katinka Hosszu stayed strong for silver in 1:00.07, with American Missy Franklin holding on for bronze in 1:00.73.  Franklin was a tenth faster earlier in Beijing (1:00.61), but finished 4th at that stop of the World Cup.

Men’s 50 Backstroke – FINAL

Aussie Ash Delaney took the 50 back win in a time of 25.30, earning his 2nd gold of the World Cup season. Singapore local Zheng Wen Quah doubled up on his silver in the 100 fly to win another runner-up medal in this race.  25.50 was Quah’s time, with Japan’s Yuki Shirai finishing in 3rd in 25.91.

Women’s 200 Butterfly – FINAL

Hungary’s Zsuzsanna Jakabos blew away the field tonight, winning the women’s 2fly race by more than 4 solid seconds.  Jakabos’ time of 2:08.65 crushed the 2:09.90 mark she registered earlier this week for the win in Beijing, and was well ahead of tonight’s silver place finisher, Zhou Min from China (2:12.70).  Hungarian teammate Katinka Hosszu, in her 3rd event so far, touched in 2:13.99 for bronze.

Men’s 200 IM – FINAL

Russia landed on top of the podium for the first time tonight, as Semen Makovich clocked a 2:01.76 in the men’s 200 IM to win the race.  In Beijing just this past week, Makovich wound up 4th in a time of 2:04.30, so the 20 year old managed more than a 2-second improvement.  Australian comeback kid Kenneth To broke through for silver in a time of 2:02.12 to hold off a charging Hungarian, David Verraszto, who would settle for bronze in 2:02.76. Interestingly, each of the 2015 World Cup’s 200 IM races have been won by a different swimmer.

Women’s 400 Freestyle – FINAL

The Hungarian head-to-head race between Hosszu and Jakabos resulted in the #IronLady coming out on top with a winning time of 4:12.00. This is Hosszu’s 6th gold medal in this event across her World Cup appearances and her 1st gold tonight after having already won a silver and 2 bronze medals at the OCBC Aquatic Center.  Jakabos’ time of 4:14.75 was enough for silver, with Aussie Jessica Pengelly sliding into 3rd place with a time of 4:19.44.

Men’s 50 Freestyle – FINAL

No sub-22’s in tonight’s 50 free final, but a thrilling race nonetheless, with Japan’s Katsumi Nakamura claiming his 3rd straight World Cup gold medal in the event.  Nakamura clenched the victory in a time of 22.47 to remain unbeaten thus far in the 2015 World Cup. But, the young stud Kyle Chalmers from Australia is right on his heels, swimming to silver in a time of 22.52.  Chalmers participated in both the Senior and Junior World Championships over the summer, swimming in the 4×100 freestyle and 4×100 medley relays in Kazan.  Bronze tonight went to another Aussie, Te Haumi Maxwell, who clocked a time of 22.68.

Women’s 200 Breaststroke – FINAL

After earning a bronze in the 50m breast earlier tonight, USA’s Micah Lawrence pulled away with her first World Cup gold medal in the 100m distance of her specialty stroke.  2:25.89 was the mark for Lawrence to hold off a charging Russian, Vitalina Simonova, who was looking for her 4th overall World Cup win in the event this season. Simonova would have to settle for silver in tonight’s race, registering a 2:27.42 for her efforts ahead of Australian Sally Hunter who picked up bronze in 2:27.96.

Men’s 200 Backstroke – FINAL

Winning his 2nd consecutive World Cup gold in the event, Japan’s Yuki Shirai came out on top of tonight’s 200 back race in a time of 1:57.96, just .02 off his 1:57.98 that won earlier this week in Beijing.  Ash Delaney (AUS) followed up his Beijing with silver with another 2nd place finish here, touching in 1:58.66.  Colombian swimmer Omar Pinzon ended up with bronze in a time of 2:02.11. For Shirai, he just collected his 10th gold medal in this event at the World Cup.

Women’s 50 Butterfly – FINAL

As expected, Denmark’s blazing butterflier, Jeanette Ottesen, makes her mark on Singapore, winning the 50m event in a time of 25.84.  This is just .03 of a second off her gold medal-winning 25.81 time from Beijing earlier this week.  Silver tonight goes to Australia’s Holly Barratt (26.57), while bronze is shared by two swimmers – France’s Melanie Henique and Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson – who each finished in 26.78.

Women’s 400 IM – FINAL

Both blasting 400m IM times faster than Beijing, it’s another 1-2 Hungarian finish in the event, with Katinka Hosszu leading teammate Zsuzsanna Jakabos 4:37.30 to 4:42.13.  Last week, the pair finished in the same manner, but in times of 4:39.49 and 4:46.46.  Hosszu just clenched her 20th win in the last 22 400m IM World Cup races, and her 4th consecutive of the 2015 season.  Chinese swimmer Zhou Min would up with bronze tonight in 4:44.55.

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8 years ago

I’d much rather read another swimming world cup recap than click on a Caitlyn Jenner press release. Though I admit the world cup stuff doesn’t bring much drama…where is Sun Yang when we need him?

8 years ago

I usually stay away from basing predictions on meets like the World Cup or even the Arena pro swim series, because not everything we see there will be replicated in big meets like the Olympics next year. What happened in Kazan was the perfect example, outside of a handful of swimmers, no one else lived up to the times they’d been predicted to go. Superstars stumbled and new talent emerged.

The question that will find its answer next summer is how prepared will they be coming to Rio? One can have a good in-season yet not peak when it counts the most. I encourage a healthy preparation and good training more than risk of exhaustion trying to be so unbeatable… Read more »

Reply to  CalBearsFan
8 years ago

There’s no surefire answer either way on this. Some frankly don’t race enough and have sloppy race skills. NCAA provides plenty of racing but the SCY format & skills set doesn’t automatically translate over to LCM racing.

Has Hosszu possible overdone it chasing the pay-days year in/year out ? Quite possibly, although the counter-argument is that you only have a limited career span at the top and you need to maximise your earnings.

With regards to those currently “raking in some $$” on the current circuit; VDB is possibly heading into his last Olympics and, with Swimming South Africa being in poor financial condition, may be looking upon these race wins as a means of funding his way through to… Read more »

Gina Rhinestone
Reply to  CalBearsFan
8 years ago

Do you actually know anyone who swims 53.0/ 58.7 / 59.3 at anytime at all? No you don’t .
These are times everyone else just dreams about .

FYI the Australians are coming off an Olympic camp & felt up & ready for some fast racing .Cam is getting some money & looking rather nice ..Hosszu is showing that fast racing is fast training ( 54.2 free) .

Hey hey the summer season is just starting for Cam Campbells & Emily . What a feeling to be heading in the October- Dec slog with that speed already in the bag . These are sprinters & they’ll be raising the training platform after this .

As for Rio ,… Read more »

Reply to  Gina Rhinestone
8 years ago

I completely agree. Booking some world class times at the beginning of the season make a lot of sense and reduces the competitive pressure. Apart from winning some decent money, they now have the chance to go into heavy training until Olympic trials. They’ll still be leading the world rankings by then.

8 years ago

Disappointing race from Cordes

bobo gigi
8 years ago

Yes, it’s crazy to see the crazy high level of consistency at a crazy high level by Campbell, Seebohm and CVDB week after week. Hosszu has given ideas to some other big names. 53.09!/58.72!/59.38! In October. Crazy!
On the opposite you have swimmers like Kevin Cordes or Missy Franklin who are unable to swim fast if they are not fully tapered.

NB: why I’m not passionate by this world cup season? If I see the number of comments on swimswam world cup stage after world cup stage, I think I’m not the only one. Honestly, I don’t even read the results very closely. I don’t know. Looks like the results are always the same with the same swimmers who… Read more »

Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

I have to agree, but part of it was that these swimmers don’t get to swim short course that often, so many of them take advantage ofbit and swim fast, here only a select few are doing that.

Reply to  bobo gigi
8 years ago

Bobo, these are LCM meets this season rather than the usual SCM format. It could be that for many, they’ve “drawn a line under” their LCM racing for 2015. In AUS, the (short) SCM season is underway but a large percentage of major names aren’t bothering …. with a few of the “guns” plus some 2nd stringers/youngsters are making some forays on the Wcup series to boost the bank balance.

8 years ago

Scary level of consistency from Seebohm. Fit & healthy next year; she’s going to hard to beat over 100.

Similar levels of consistency from C1 & VDB; C2 not quite there as regards consistent stellar (as against quick) times but seems to be tracking that way.

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Former Masters swimmer and coach Loretta (Retta) thrives on a non-stop but productive schedule. Nowadays, that includes having just earned her MBA while working full-time in IT while owning French 75 Boutique while also providing swimming insight for BBC.

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