FINA WORLD CUP SERIES – DOHA
- Thursday, November 7th – Saturday, November 9th
- Hamad Aquatic Center, Doha, Qatar
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- Live Results
The final stop of the 2019 FINA World Cup Series kicked off at Hamad Aquatic Center in Doha, Qatar, with both the men’s and women’s point leaders in the water to get the 3-day meet underway.
Aussie Cate Campbell‘s lead over Hungarian Katinka Hosszu‘s grew from 6 points before the last stop in Kazan to 24 points headed into Doha, so the crown is all but set upon the sprinter’s head at this point. But, there is still room for Hosszu to make a big-time move to clinch the series title.
On day 1, C1 threw down a time of 24.11 to take the women’s 50m freestyle crown with ease, hitting the wall .39 ahead of runner-up Michelle Coleman of Sweden. Bronte Campbell, also known as C2, clinched the bronze in the only other sub-25 second time of the final field in 24.74.
C1‘s time tonight was just a hair off the 24.08 she put up last week in Kazan, a performance that garnered her 949 FINA points. Her swim tonight was worth 946 to inch her closer to the overall series crown.
For the men, Russia’s Vladimir Morozov busted out yet another 21-point 50m freestyle to maintain his comfortable series lead. The 27-year-old former USC Trojan produced a winning effort tonight of 21.83 to top the podium, holding off Japan’s Kosuke Matsui who touched in 22.02 for silver.
Bronze in the men’s 50m free went to Hungary’s Maxim Lobanovskij, who rounded out the top 3 in 22.04.
Of note, there was a 3-way tie for the top seed out of this morning’s heats with Lobanovskij, Morozov and Dutchman Jesse Puts all registering AM swims of 22.27. In tonight’s final, Puts wound up 4th in 22.32, his fastest time of the circuit.
Remaining undefeated in their respective events of the women’s 200m fly and men’s 400m free were World Cup mainstays Katinka Hosszu of Hungary and Danas Rapsys of Lithuania.
Hosszu, who rests #2 in the point standings heading into Doha, logged a winning 2fly time of 2:08.60 to out-touch countrywoman Zsuzsanna Jakabos and her outing of 2:08.95. The pair, along with Australia’s Meg Bailey, scored the only sub-2:10 times of the final.
As for Hosszu, her gold medal-worthy effort reaped 849 FINA points, so she’ll need to depend on other performances to try to catch Campbell for the World Cup Series title. If not, then the Aussie will be the 2nd woman to deny Hosszu the overall World Cup Series title since 2012, as Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom topped the circuit both in 2017 and 2018.
Rapsys wrapped up his dominance in the men’s 400m free event, going 7-for-7 across this circuit. He took tonight’s prize in a time of 3:47.87, a modest swim for the man who put up a new World Cup Record of 3:43.91 in Jinan, China.
Behind the Lithuanian was Energy Standard team member Mykhailo Romanchuk, hitting the wall in a time of 3:48.61.
European Junior Champion Antonio Djakovic of Switzlernad was also in the race, placing 5th tonight in 3:51.59. He took the title in Kazan at Euro Jrs in a mark of 3:47.89, representing a new Swiss national record.
On-fire Dutch backstroking ace Kira Toussaint logged a winning time of 27.80 in tonight’s 50m backstroke. That gave her the win, although it was .31 off of her lifetime best and new Dutch national record of 27.49 registered at the Berlin stop of this FINA World Cup Series.
Runner-up in the sprint went to Kaylee McKeown of Australia, as the teen put up a time of 27.92. That checks-in as the 4th fastest time of the Aqua Centurions team member’s career. Her teammate from down under, Emily Seebohm, scored bronze in 28.08.
Anton Chupkov of Russia and Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands made history in Kazan last week, becoming the first men ever from their respective nations to clock 100m breaststroke times under the 59-second barrier.
They were still under a minute tonight, but couldn’t quite replicate the magic, as Japan’s national record holder Yasuhiro Koseki got to the wall first in 59.11. Splitting 27.71/31.40, Koseki touched .14 ahead of Kamminga’s 59.25 and .72 ahead of Chupkov’s 59.83.
Brazilian beast Felipe Lima also got under a minute in 59.85, while Aussie Jack Packard joined the party in 5th place in 59.90. For 25-year-old Olympian Packard, his outing tonight represents his first time ever under a minute at a non-Championships meet.
Finally, with the International Swimming League (ISL) on a reprieve from competition this weekend, South African Olympic icon Chad Le Clos was in the Doha water, getting the win in the men’s 100m fly. With splits of 24.22/27.48, Le Clos snagged gold in a time of 51.70.
That comfortably defeated the next closest swimmer of Jakob Majerski of Poland, who put up 52.11 for silver. Majerski’s time tonight knocks .06 off of his previous PB of 52.17 clocked in prelims of the World Cup stop in Budapest.
Wrangling up the bronze in the men’s 100m fly was American Michael Andrew, who logged a time of 52.38. He was 51.83 at this same meet a year ago.
- Marlene Kahler of Austria touched in a time of 4:10.51 to reap gold in tonight’s women’s 400m free final. Her time was only .02 off her own personal best mark of 4:10.49 she clocked to place 14th out of the heats at this year’s World Championships.
- Hungary’s Eszter Bekesi produced the women’s 200m breaststroke time of 2:28.24 for gold.
- Australian got another gold on the board, courtesy of Bradley Woodward‘s podium-topping swim of 1:58.42 in the 200m back. He just edged out Japan’s Keita Sunama who recorded a mark of 1:58.83 for silver.