2016 FINA WORLD CUP MOSCOW
- Saturday, September 3 – Sunday, September 4, 2016
- Olimpiyskiy Swimming Pool, Moscow, Russia
- Short course – 25 m
- Points after Berlin
- Money after Berlin
- Entry Lists
- Live stream
- Live results
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.