Swim Cup Eindhoven, Netherlands
The Eindhoven Swim Cup will see some of the world’s best go head to head under the Rio competition schedule: The 12th edition of the SwimCup is an Olympic qualification event and also the competition schedule has been set follwing the Rio timetable for the swimmers this summer: Heats will start at 12.00 pm, B-finals at 7 pm and A-finals at 9 pm. In Rio, heats will start at 12.00 pm, finals at 10 pm. The Swim Cup Eindhoven offers with a great facility and atmosphere a possibility to compete under the unusual Olympic schedule.
The 2016 edition of the Swim Cup features Dutch swimmers Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Femke Heemskerk, Sebastian Verschuren, Germany’s Dorothea Brandt, Jenny Mensing, Steffen Deibler, Christian Diener, Jacob Heidtmann, Christan vom Lehn, Hendrik Feldwehr and many more international swim stars: Velimir Stjepanovic (Serbia), George Bovell (Trinidad and Tobago), Jeanette Ottesen (Denmark).
Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Femke Heemskerk (Netherlands) and Dorothea Brandt (Germany) face off in the 50 m freestyle. On the men`s side, George Bovell (Trinidad and Tobago), who trains in the USA with Club Wolverine at the moment, will compete against Pieter Timmers (Belgium), Geoffrey Cheah (Club Wolverine/Hong Kong) and also Germany’s Steffen Deibler.
Netherland’s Sebastian Verschuren and Serbia’s European Champion 2014 in the 200 m and 400 m Freestyle Velimir Stjepanovic will go head to head in the 200 m Freestyle. Stjepanovic is the current number one in the 2016 world ranking in the 200 m freestyle in 1:46,10. He prepares in Dubai for the Olympic Games. Jenny Mensing, Germany, will be the favourite in the backstroke events. Mensing won the gold medal in the 100 m backstroke at the 2012 European Championships and was fifth at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan in the 200 m backstroke. On the men`s side, some of Germany’s fastest backstroke swimmers Christian Diener, Carl-Louis Schwarz and Felix Wolf will test their form under the Rio time-table. Their German teammates Christian vom Lehn and Hendrik Feldwehr also use the chance to make some race experience in the breaststroke events – about 4 weeks before the German Olympic trials in Berlin. The Dutch swimmers will have their national Championships and Olympic trials at the same time – May 5th until 8th.