2016 FINA World Cup: Ottesen Makes Moves With 2 Golds on Moscow Day 1


The first finals session of the Berlin leg of the 2016 FINA World Cup, the final meet of the first cluster, kicked off today. Current World Cup scoring leaders Katinka Hosszu and Vlad Morozov didn’t disappoint, as both put on multiple gold medal performances today.

As usual, Iron Lady Hosszu swam a loaded event schedule, racing 7 times this session. Her first win of the night came in the 200 free, where she led the field with her 1:54.40. She then returned to the top of the podium again in the 200 IM (2:05.60), and closed the day with a win in the 800 free (8:26.24).

In addition to her golds, Hosszu won 3 more medals throughout the session. She took on the 100 fly (57.08), 50 back (26.51), and 200 back (2:01.24), taking silver in all 3 races. She also competed in the 50 free, but missed the podium there with a 24.76 for 5th.

Danish sprinter Jeanette Ottesen matched her day 1 success from the previous meet in Berlin, pulling in double gold today. Ottesen upstaged the field with a 55.80 in the 100 fly before cracking 24 seconds to win the 50 free in 23.96.

While Hosszu’s lead in the points standings continues to grow, Ottesen is now closing in on Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson, who is absent from this meet, for 2nd overall. Atkinson led Ottesen 121-93 before the start of this meet, but Ottesen’s double wins now bring her total to 117 just 4 points shy of Atkinson after day 1 of the meet.

Russia’s Vlad Morozov and South Africa’s Chad Le Clos are the current top 2 in the men’s points battle, with Morozov leading Le Clos 172-123 after Berlin. Both Morozov and Le Clos added 2 more World Cup wins today, leaving no major change in the points standings after day 1.

Le Clos was about a half second off his own World Record of 1:48.56 in the 200 fly, taking his first win with a 1:49.10. His 50 fly, however, was one of the most impressive swims of the day. Le Clos stopped the clock in 22.06, closing on on Steffen Deibler’s World Record of 21.80 set back in 2009.

After setting the World Record in the 100 IM at the last 2 World Cup stops, Morozov was off the mark today, but still managed to win the race with a 51.03. He also won the 100 free in the beginning of the session, clocking a 46.36.

Additional Event Winners:

  • The Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina came up with a gold in the women’s 50 back, beating out Hosszu and Aussie Emily Seebohm to take gold in 26.25. Zevina then went on to surpass Hosszu in the women’s 200 back, winning the race in 2:00.47.
  • Great Britain’s James Guy has been on point throughout the World Cup in the freestyle races so far. Tonight was no exception, as he took the win in the 400 free with a 3:40.70.
  • South African breaststroke speedster Cameron van der Burgh struck gold again in the men’s 50 breast, posting a winning time of 25.88.
  • In the women’s 100 breast, Russia’s Yuliya Efimova was the lone woman under 1:03, winning the race in 1:02.91.
  • Australia’s Olympic medalist Mitch Larkin charged ahead of the field to win the men’s 100 back with a time of 49.62.
  • Germany’s Marco Koch swam to victory in the 200 breast, winning by a large margin with his 2:01.94. Koch then turned around to earn bronze in the 400 IM behind teammate Philip Heintz (4:07.01) and Japan’s Hiromasa Fujimori, who won the race in 4:04.04.
  • Russia won the final race of the day, taking gold in the Mixed 4×50 Medley Relay. Stanislav Donetc (23.90), Yuliya Efimova (29.03), Vlad Morozov (22.42), and Daria Ustinova (24.32) combined for a winning time of 1:39.67.

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No breakout performance from Michael Andrew, I take it, Actually no surprises at all, really.


Thunk it would be a good idea for him to try training with a different coach for a month or two to see what happens. He just seems to not have improved all that much this last year aside from his sprint breastroke.


Doesn’t he like train alone with his dad? I’m not sure if that will change, but I do think that training with a team would help him.


Yeah he does. I dont think its likely either. Just saying I think it woukd atleast be worth trying since its a non olymlic year. Good time to try new training approaches.


Hosszu is like a honeybee – collects from any flower available. But her performance is not always that great. Don’t repeat the myth that she races at world class level at every event.
Day 1. Moscow.
Gold 200FR – 1:54.40 (wr – 1:50.78)
Gold 200IM – 2:05.60 (wr – 2:01.86)
Gold 800FR – 8:26.24 (wr – 7:59.34)
Silver 100BU – 57.08. (wr – 54.61)
Silver 50BK. – 26.51. (wr – 25.67)
Silver 200BK – 2:01.24 (wr – 1:59.23)
50 FR. – 24.76. (wr – 23.24)


She raced 7 times in one session and earned 6 medals, half of which were gold. That’s ridiculous, no matter the times she went


The reason her performance might not always be great is because of the amount of events she’s swimming. Let’s just say she swims only one of those events listed in your comment at a FINA World cup stop. Besides the 50 free, she could probably get a decisive win and maybe even break a world record or get close. Or, let’s just say she picks 2-3 of her best events- say 200 IM, 200 back, and 200 free, and swims only those at a stop. She would be much faster, I’d say 1:51 200 free, right on or better her world record in the 200 back (2:00 in Berlin with a heavy schedule) and a 2:02 in the 200 IM,… Read more »


I guess that at the time of her first event of the session she wasn’t tired yet. And it is still slow. She may conserved energy for the rest of the races. But I think the explanation is much simpler. The field strength didn’t require to be faster.


Well considering she swam 7 events in one session those times are outstanding (better than). If she swam one or two per session imagine where those times would be. Even Hosszu gets tired.


She’s swum 1600m during final session with average to poor (freestyle) times. I would say that training exercises of many swimmers are often harder than that. It is possible that she got tired already prior this session because of previous meets in August. But I don’t agree that these seven races with such times is a heavy load. If it is so for her then we have to stop talks about her exceptional endurance.


Have you ever raced? One 200 is a heavy load on a body. What shes doing is unprecedented and took years of focus to achieve. Don’t be dum


Yes, I have and therefore I believe in meters, seconds and everything else that is measurable and comparable. When I hear labels like “iron lady” (especially when it has been made a brand by the swimmer) I’m curious where it comes from and what really stands behind it. Some proof, not blind emotions. Numbers don’t lie. Kilograms of low quality medals tell nothing to me. I don’t see any reason to be exited about Hosszu’s performance in Moscow by far. Maybe tomorrow. As a real fan you love your favorite athlete no matter what. Good for you. I leave you with your love. Since you don’t look dumb I hope you’ve understood.


so a few seconds off a WR isn’t a world class time. i mean c’mon. feel free to post your own times with WR comparisons to be fair


I’ve never competed at SCM, but I’m sure that should I race today against Hosszu I would lost. Does such win makes her great? I mean c’mon tell me what was the value of her gold medal at 800 that she won with the time that is not even good enough at LCM nowadays. Sure it gave her extra points and improved her “iron” image in your eyes, but when it was done by competing against someone who is even more miserable at this distance …..

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Michael Andrew swam only 3 events in Day 1: 50 fly, 100 IM, 50 breast.
50 fly: 9th in prelims
100 IM: 5th in the final
50 breast: 6th in the final

Mind you, the depth of these world cup events is pathetic, so I’m very surprised he has won zero cash so far (Chartres-Berlin-Moscow).

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