FINA WORLD CUP SERIES – KAZAN
- Friday, November 1st – Sunday, November 3rd
- Kazan Aquatics Palace, Kazan, Russia
- Day 1 Recap/Day 2 Recap/Day 3 Recap
The penultimate stop of the 2019 FINA World Cup Series wrapped up today in Kazan, Russia, with the likes of Australians Kaylee McKeown and Cate Campbell, Lithuanian dynamo Danas Rapsys and Russian breaststroking ace Anton Chupkov gathering more gold.
Refresh yourself on the action from the past 3 days with the recap links above, then hear from the athletes themselves below, with quotes courtesy of FINA.
Kaylee McKeown (AUS)
Teenager Kaylee McKeown busted out a time of 2:07.92 in the women’s 200m back on the final night to easily edge out fellow Aussie Emily Seebohm. Seebohm settled for silver in 2:08.45.
Of her race, McKeown stated, “I am out of breath, but happy.
“The competition was really close. I swam next to Emily Seebohm, who is a great master, and there were a number of other strong competitors in the final race. I could not expect I would clock the better time though. It’s pretty good, as it’s my first appearance in the World Cup-2019.”
McKeown also took 100m back gold (59.25) and 200m IM silver (2:13.04) in Kazan.
Emily Seebohm (AUS)
“I can definitely swim faster. I have just switched coaches. I have been with my new coach since June. It’s really just about building the races and the back-up. I am going for my next Olympics, and the fourth Olympics will be a challenge for me indeed.”
Seebohm took 100m back bronze (59.63) and 200m back silver (2:08.45) as individual medals at this meet.
Cate Campbell (AUS)
Aussie Cate Campbell, got it done in the women’s 100m freestyle to wrap up her meet. 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.
C1 said of her performance, “I am very happy to register another gold, and the field was very fast, which was a bit challenging.
“I always try to compete against myself, and every time I strive to do something better and improve the result. That was a very good swim for me, to win was definitely a bonus. I have been doing a lot of races during the past 6 weeks. This is my 5th competition to go, and I think I am racing myself into a good physical condition.”
C1 won the women’s 50m free in 24.08, as well as 50m fly silver in 26.08.
Arina Surkova (RUS)
Arina Surkova of Russia was the women’s 50m fly winner, getting the only sub-26 second time of the field in 25.62. She took down her own Russian record in the event, holding off Aussie national record holder Cate Campbell in the process. C1 touched in 26.08, while Jeanette Ottesen of Denmark rounded out the top 3 in 26.11. You can read more about Surkova’s record-setting swim here.
On her swim, Surkova stated, “I enjoyed swimming today, as much as I did yesterday on the shorter course in the same stroke. I could not imagine, that I would be able to cut so much off the morning session. This result is my personal best ever, and I am asking myself why I did not do so well at the FINA World Championships this July.”
Surkova also won the 100m fly in 57.78.
Katinka Hosszu (HUN)
30-year-old Katinka Hosszu wrapped up her 300th elite international gold medal when she topped the women’s 200m fly podium on night 1. Registering a time of 2:08.23, Hosszu beat out teammate Zsuzsanna Jakabos who touched just over half a second later in 2:08.76. Korean national record holder An Sehyeon produced a time of 2:10.69 for bronze.
On her 200m fly, Hosszu stated, “I love swimming in Kazan. The swimming pool is pretty fast. I am happy with the race, I am happy with the gold. The preparations towards the Olympics are in full swing, and swimming is the best training.”
Hosszu also won the 400m IM in 4:36.77 and the 200m IM in 2:09.60.
Mikhail Vekovishchev (RUS)
Russian Mikhail Vekovishchev fired off the fastest 100m fly time of his career for gold. Splitting 23.95/27.61, the 21-year-old multi-World Championships relay medalist stopped the clock in a mighty 51.56, a time that shaved .06 off of his own PB of 51.62 produced earlier this year.
On his 100m fly, Vekovishchev said, “I am grateful to my competitors for the competition, which whirled up the race and had a proper influence on timing for everyone.
“I have managed to clock my best time ever, which is a good omen for me before the National Championships start. Once again, my opponents were very very strong, and I feel proud to register a defeat against Michael Andrew for the second time this year”.
Along with Vekovishchev’s 51.56 100m fly, he took bronze in the 100m free in a time of 48.41.
Michael Andrew (USA)
Michael Andrew snagged his sole gold for Kazan on the final night, 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.
“Finally I won gold,” said Andrew post-race. “That was the goal. Overall I am happy about Kazan’s leg of the Swimming World Cup. I clocked rather solid times, which is a good sign before Doha, which will be a very important match-up for all.”
Andrew took 100m fly silver (51.86), 50m free silver (22.03) and 50m back silver (54.60) over the course of the meet.
Jhennifer Conceicao (BRA)
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.
“The time is not that great,” said the Brazilian.
“Now I feel better than the day before, maybe I am overcoming the jet-leg, which had some impact on my conditions. I had a long way to Kazan. 3 weeks ago I was in China. I am happy I could stay competitive in this great event.”