FINA WORLD CUP SERIES – KAZAN
- Friday, November 1st – Sunday, November 3rd
- Kazan Aquatics Palace, Kazan, Russia
- Day 1 Recap/Day 2 Recap
The penultimate stop of the 2019 FINA World Cup Series came to a close tonight in Kazan, Russia, but not before several key swimmers made their marks on the meet.
Leading the women’s World Cup point standings heading into Kazan, Aussie Cate Campbell, got it done in the women’s 100m freestyle tonight. Clocking the only sub-53 second time of the field, C1 split 25.28/27.48 to register a gold medal-worthy effort of 52.76.
That time is just off her 52.51 scorcher from Berlin, but her quickest this season was the 52.34 notched in Jinan, China at the beginning of her World Cup campaign.
Swedish speedster Michelle Coleman put up a time of 53.04 to just out-touch C1‘s sister, Bronte Campbell, who hit the wall a hair later in 53.08. Coleman’s time checks-in as the 26-year-old Olympian’s lifetime best, overtaking the 53.21 she notched at the 2017 FINA World Aquatic Championships.
Lithuanian freestyle ace Danas Rapsys continued his hot streak in the men’s 200m freestyle event, logging a podium-topping time of 1:46.32 this evening. Leading the race wire-to-wire, Rapsys stayed slightly ahead of a persistent Mikhail Vekovishchev of Russia, who finished less than .3 back in 1:46.61 for silver.
Rapsys already won the 400m free on night 1 here in Kazan, although both that performance, as well as this 2free, were slower than last week’s outings in Berlin. His 200m free there in Germany was 1:45.82.
Rapsys’ lifetime best and national record of 1:44.38 was logged just this season at the Singapore stop of this FINA World Cup Series.
Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu showed her intent to take C1 head-on in the point standings, with the Hungarian dropping the 100m fly, 100m free and 200m back in which she was entered. Instead, she went full throttle in the women’s 200m IM tonight, producing a mark of 2:09.30 to beat the field by almost 4 seconds.
Hosszu’s season-best rests at the 2:08.15 she logged at the Singapore stop of this circuit, a time that set a new World Cup record. Her time tonight garnered 923 FINA points, a big number in the tight battle with C1, although the Aussie reaped 941 with her 100m free swim.
Russia’s Anton Chupkov was once again unstoppable in the men’s 200m breaststroke, throwing down a monster 2:07.71 for the win. Splitting 1:03.00/1:05.70, Chupkov beat the next closest-competitor, Dutch national record holder Arno Kamminga, by about 1 1/2 seconds.
Chupkov owns the World Cup Record in this event with the 2:07.59 he produced last year, so he was within .12 of that time tonight for perspective of how quick it was. His World Record in this 200m breast was established at this summer’s World Championships where Chupkov powered his way to a time of 2:06.12.
Teenager Kaylee McKeown busted out a time of 2:07.92 in the women’s 200m back to easily edge out fellow Aussie Emily Seebohm. Seebohm settled for silver in 2:08.45 tonight.
For McKeown, she is coming off of a terrific performance at this summer’s World Championships, where the 19-year-old clocked a time of 2:06.26 to reap 200m back silver there in Gwangju, Korea. Her time tonight would have placed 6th in that elite final.
Yesterday’s winner in the women’s 50m fly in a new Russian national record, Arina Surkova, was back at it in the 100m sprint tonight. Stopping the clock at 57.78, Surkova split 26.49/31.29 to edge out Korea’s An Sehyeon and Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen.
Sehyeon touched in 58.04, while Ottesen collected bronze in a time of 58.66.
Michael Andrew snagged his sole gold for Kazan, taking the men’s 50m fly in a time of 23.14. That held off Russia’s Andrey Zhilkin, who finished in 23.26, while Hungary’s Szebastian Szabo took bronze in 23.33.
Andrew owns a personal best of 22.80 in this event, a time he logged at this year’s World Championships. His time tonight still checks-in among his top 10 personal performances, however.
- Patrick Staber of Austria took the men’s 400m IM in a time of 4:16.64.
- The women’s 800m free saw Yukimi Moriyama produce the top mark of 8:37.24 to give Japan gold.
- Jhennifer Conceicao of Brazil notched the only sub-31 second outing in the women’s 50m breast. She touched in 30.68 for the win, not terribly off her own national record of 30.42 from Mare Nostrum Monte Carlo.
- Russian Grigory Tarasevich put up a solid 53.76 to top the men’s 100m backstroke field. He owns a PB of 53.03 from 2016 and registered a time of 53.51 this summer in Naples, Italy to take World University Games gold.