FINA World Cup starts in Chartres with many international swim stars

by Daniela Kapser 12

August 25th, 2016 Europe, International, News



The 2016 FINA World Cup in Chartres/France is stacked with 2016 Olympic medalists:

Katinka Hosszu, Hungary, is last year’s World Cup overall champion and will try to win this title for the fifth consecutive time again in 2016. At the Rio Olmypics, she won three gold medals (100 m backstroke, 200 m IM, 400 m IM) and one silver medal (200 m backstroke).

Chartres will feature South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh who is the silver medalist in the 100 m breaststroke and Chad le Clos who won two silver medals in Rio, in the 200 m freestyle and 100 m butterfly – in this event he tied with two swimmers – Michael Phelps and Laszlo Cseh, Hungary, all touched second in Rio in a time of 51.14, as equals. Perhaps it was a perfect end to their rivalry to stand together on the podium – in Phelps last individual race.

Some of the world’s fastest female breaststroke swimmers made their way to France: Rie Kaneto (JPN), Olympic Champion 2016 in the 200 m, Alia Atkinson (JAM), Yuliya Efimova (RUS) (silver in Rio in both, 100 m and 200 m breaststroke), Ruta Meilutyte (LTU), Katie Meili (USA) – who is the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist in the 100 m.

The men’s backstroke events will feature the Olympic silver medalist in the 200 m, Mitch Larkin from Australia  and Russia’s Stansilav Donets, on the women’s side Daryna Zevina, Katinka Hosszu and Emily Seebohm are in the start lists.

Madelin Groves will start in Chartres as a member of the small Australian sqad – she is the 2016 silver medalist in the 200 m Butterfly and will race against Katinka Hosszu, who scratched the 200 fly at the Olympics, and Germany’s Franziska Hentke.

Michael Andrew (USA) is entered in 9 events: 50 m, 100 m , 200 m backstroke, 50 m , 100 m breaststroke, 50 m, 100 m butterfly, 100 and 200 m IM.

Florent Manaudou, the silver medalist in the 50 m freestyle in Rio, will compete in the 50 m breaststroke and freestyle. France’s Yannick Agnel, who announced his retirement in Rio, is in the start lists in the 50 m breaststroke and backstroke – the Chartres World Cup shoud be his last competition, to give his French home crowd a last goodbye.

“Iron Lady” Katinka Hosszu returns to full iron mode – she is entered in  all events.


FINA World Cup Schedule 2016

August 26-27Chartres (FRA)Doha (QAT)
August 30-31 – Berlin (GER) -September 1Dubai (UAE)
September 03-04 – Moscow (RUS)
September 30 – October 1 – Beijing (CHN)
October 4-5– Dubai (UAE)
October 8-9 – Doha (QAT)
October 21-22 – Singapore (SIN)
October 25-26 – Tokyo (JPN)
October 29-30 – Hong Kong (HKG)

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What are the chances Michael Andrew actually swims the 200 back? Slim or none?


Zero. It’s last event for him on day 2, he’ll be dead by then. World Cup, you tend to have three types of swimmer: 1) versatile swimmers who can win money in everything (Chad, hosszu) 2) sprinters who load the 50’s and 100’s all strokes (Vlad, bovell, to) 3) the specialist who swim the same events at every round and accumulate money (CVB, Randall bal, Ervin) Think MA fits into the second bracket. Will smash the 50’s and 100’s, like Vlad, bovell, Kenneth to etc If he’s here to chase money, should enter everything and see who enters each round and swim ‘weaker events’ 50free and 100im are always loaded, 200bk is generally weak (8th position) but the winner is… Read more »


I’m looking forward to Michael Andrew’s swims. I’m sure that he will do well enough, and hopefully he can show real progression through the various stops. It’s tough winning enough money to pay for the trip, as most of the money goes to the cluster winners. Le Clos and CVDB will be very hard to match


his strategy is to chase the bonus money. Thats what Hosszu does. He left off the 50Fr


He is entered in the 50 free and 100 free but I think he will drop a few events to be fresher for his races that he has a chance to get top 3 in.


The Iron Lady is taking a tough meet, that will be interesting to watch. Also, Michael Andrew not swimming Junior Pan-Pacs for this meet is an odd choice in my opinion. I am excited to see him race a lot of people who just ca me out of the Olympics though.


It’s not an odd choice at all. He can’t win money at Jr. Pan Pacs.

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