2016 FINA WORLD CUP: CHARTRES-PARIS
- Friday, August 26th – Saturday, August 27th
- L’Odyssée – Chartres, France
- Prelims 3:30am EST/Finals 11:00am
- Event website
- Entry list
- Live Timing
- Live Streaming – FINA Information
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.