FINA World Cup starts in Chartres with many international swim stars

by Daniela Kapser 11

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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6 years ago

Look for Em Seebohm and Mitch Laahkin to break some WR now that these meets dont really matter again haha

bobo gigi
6 years ago

Many international swim stars, yes.
But only 3 gold medalists of the last olympic games with Hosszu, Meili and Kaneto.
4 swimmers entered in the men’s 1500 free
6 swimmers entered in the women’s 400 IM
5 courageous volunteers for the men’s 200 IM
Hard to find passion after olympic games.
It should have been a party meet to celebrate at home all the medals won by French swimmers…. 😆
It will be another occasion to see a team in total depression with a morale close to zero.
Only Manaudou, the men’s and women’s 4X100 free relays, Bonnet, Balmy, Metella, Pothain, Joly have been more or less good in Rio. I don’t… Read more »

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

Bobo Gigi you seem to know everything so why don’t you candidate to take over from Favre? For sure you will save the nation !

Zika Ziki
Reply to  Tabobohobibi
6 years ago

On that matter, Bobo can also take over Australian Swimming. He can single handedly save two nations!

6 years ago

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.

Reply to  NSwim
6 years ago

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

6 years ago

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

Reply to  Billabong
6 years ago

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

Reply to  Taa
6 years ago

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.

6 years ago

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

Reply to  Weirdo
6 years ago

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… Read more »