2016 FINA World Cup Moscow
- Saturday, September 3 – Sunday, September 4, 2016
- Olimpiyskiy Swimming Pool, Moscow, Russia
- Points after Berlin
- Money after Berlin
- Entry Lists
- Live stream
- Live results
In Moscow, Vladimir Morozov and Katinka Hosszu hurtle towards the top bonuses in cluster 1 of the FINA World Cup series, with the former entering 4 races and the latter taking on all 17.
Hosszu is entered in the entire lineup, though that doesn’t necessarily mean she’ll contest all 17 races. The lineup includes 50-, 100- and 200-meter swims in fly, back and breast, 100-, 200- and 400-meter IMs and 50-, 100-, 200-, 400- and 800-meter freestyles for women. (The men’s lineup is identical, except for a 1500 free instead of the 800).
Morozov will take on the 50 free, 100 free, 100 back and 100 IM. In the IM, he’s set world records at both of the World Cup stops so far.
A few notable tidbits to watch for:
Jamaican breaststroker Alia Atkinson does not appear on the entry lists. Atkinson tied a world record in the 100 breast at the series opener in Paris, but won’t swim in Moscow unless she’s a late addition to the start lists.
That could have big money implications: Atkinson is currently second in the women’s points and in line for a $35,000 bonus. But a swimmer has to swim all three legs of the cluster to earn a cluster bonus, so an absence in Moscow will cost her that entire $35K.
Speaking of cluster bonuses, Moscow will wrap up the first cluster of the tour, with the top 6 men and top 6 women in series points all earning big bonuses. Here’s the current top 10, with swimmers not on the Moscow entry lists put in italics, and those in line for cluster bonuses in bold:
|2||Chad le Clos||60|
|4||Cameron van der Burgh||48|
Germany’s Franziska Hentke is also absent from the entry lists, meaning the four-way tie for 8th in the standings is currently a tie for a $5,000 bonus, and more if any of those swimmer can leapfrog 6th-place Yulia Efimova.
For the men, Bobby Hurley, Kirill Prigoda and Mitch Larkin are all tied for the final bonuses. Right now, two of the three would earn bonuses.
Large Russian contingent
Unlike Berlin, where only a small number of German national teamers competed, a huge Russian contingent will race in Moscow. That’s led by Morozov and Efimova, but the big Russian roster will give this meet a much fuller feel than the past few World Cup stops, where several events haven’t even had enough entries to require morning heats.