2016 FINA WORLD CUP: CHARTRES-PARIS
- Friday, August 26th – Saturday, August 27th
- L’Odyssée – Chartres, France
- Prelims 3:30am EST/Finals 11:00am
- Short Course Meters (25m) pool
- Event website
- Entry list
- Live Timing
- Live Streaming – FINA Information
The World Cup Series kicked off today in Chartres, France where those willing to travel, race and win can rake in some serious dough across each stop and the overall meet clusters as well.
Today, Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu proved once again why she has earned the sport’s moniker of “Iron Lady”, as the three-time Olympic gold medalist singed the field to take the top of the podium in 3 events. Hosszu first knocked down the 200m freestyle in 1:53.34, moved on to the 100m butterfly where she touched out the field in a mark of 56.09, and rounded out her wins with a rapid 2:06.64 200m IM performance. For each victory, Hosszu pocketed $1500 to total $4500.
However, being the ferocious competitor that entails being the #IronLady, Hosszu also tackled the women’s 50m backstroke and 200m backstroke, where she scored a respective 3rd place and 2nd place finish to collect an additional $1500. Add in a 2nd place finish in the 800m freestyle and Hosszu raked in a cool $6,000 before the day was out. Of note, she also raced in the women’s 50m freestyle, but wound up 5th.
Russia’s Valdimir Morozov proved today that a swimmer doesn’t necessarily need to take on a monster schedule in order to fatten up his wallet. Instead, the 24-year-old 2016 Olympian proved one can get the most bang for his buck by simply throwing down an incredible swim in the few events in which one does participate.
Today for instance, Morozov clocked a shiny new short course World Record in the men’s 100m IM event. Touching in 50.60, Morozov represented the only competitor to dip beneath the 51-second threshold, but also out-pace the previous record held by Markus Deibler since just before the German’s retirement. With the event win and World Record bonus, Morozov snatched up $11,500 just in that one event alone.
But, Morozov also popped a win in the 100m freestyle earlier in the meet, taking that race in a swift 45.57. He beat the next-closest competitor, Japan’s Shinri Shioura by almost 1 1/2 seconds and also earned another $1500 for the win. That gives Morozov a total of $13,00 for a work day consisting of two prelim and two final swims. That’s a slight consolation for the man who had a disappointing Olympics, finishing out of the final in both the 50m and 100m freestyle events in Rio.
Even clocking a World Record time, however, isn’t a guarantee for a full-on payday, as Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson found out. She turned out a killer time of 1:02.36 to take the women’s 100m breaststroke, but the mark matched the World Record and didn’t out-right beat the existing time. World Record bonuses are not awarded for ties, unfortunately for Atkinson.
The meet continues tomorrow in Chartres, where the following moneymakers will try to capitalize on each additional splash.
- Cameron Van der Burgh (RSA) took the men’s 50m breaststroke (25.98) and 200m breaststroke (2:05.12) wins to collect $3,000. Of note, Germany’s Marco Koch was a no-swim in both events, which would have set-up a nice battle in the longer event had he been able to participate.
- RSA teammate Chad Le Clos snatched up two wins as well, earning the 200m butterfly gold in 1:51.25 and the 50m butterfly win in 22.17.
- A Frenchman and a German landed atop the podium throughout the day as well, with Jordan Pothain taking the men’s 400m free in 3:40.56, while Phillip Heintz stopped the clock at 4:03.51 to win the men’s 400m IM.
- Also taking a victory in the men’s events was Australia’s Bobby Hurley, touching in 50.51 for the close 100m backstroke win over countrymate Mitch Larkin‘s 50.54.
- In addition to the aforementioned victories by Hosszu and Atkinson, Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen claimed 50m freestyle gold by toping the field in a swift 53.72.
- Daryna Zevina of the Ukraine just missed the world record in the women’s 200 back, clocking 1:59.35 for the gold medal and a new World Cup record. The swim missed Hosszu‘s world record of 1:59.23 by just 12 one-hundredths of a second, and makes her just the third woman to crack two minutes in the history of the event.
- Germany nabbed the win in the women’s 800m freestyle, courtesy of Franziska Hentke‘s winning time of 8:24.66.