Hosszu Enters All 17 Events for Moscow World Cup, Atkinson Absent

2016 FINA World Cup Moscow

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:

No Atkinson

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.

Cluster Bonuses

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:


1 Katinka Hosszu 129
2 Alia Atkinson 76
3 Daryna Zevina 45
3 Jeanette Ottesen 45
5 Emily Seebohm 33
6 Franziska Hentke 24
6 Yulia Efimova 24
8 Katie Meili 21
8 Leah Neale 21
8 Madison Groves 21
8 Miho Takahashi 21


1 Vlad Morozov 86
2 Chad le Clos 60
3 Philip Heintz 54
4 Cameron van der Burgh 48
5 Bobby Hurley 27
5 Kirill Prigoda 27
5 Mitch Larkin 27
8 Andrii Govorov 24
9 Pavel Sankovich 21
10 James Guy 18
10 Jeremy Stravius 18
10 Jordan Pothain 18

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.

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7 years ago

Got to support her husband somehow…

7 years ago

With all the recent controversy surrounding Russia’s participation in the Olympics due to state sponsored doping and also banning of many athletes for same, is it wise for FINA to allow this event to go ahead? It seems many swimmers are apathetic to the situation as they are supporting the event by their participation.

Reply to  Ger
7 years ago

gotta follow the money bags.

Reply to  Ger
7 years ago

I believe that in the wake of the McLaren report, the IOC requested the international sporting federations to suspend hosting competitions in Russia until reforms were made. This meet was already on the books long ago and it would be costly to FINA to relocate or cancel. As we all know, FINA is not about to walk away from a paycheck, luxe accommodations and a hefty per diem.

Swimmer A
7 years ago

That would be pretty sick if she actually swam all the races. It would really just be one very long, incredibly tough practice.

Joel Lin
Reply to  Swimmer A
7 years ago

It would be great if she did it. I don’t believe it has ever been done before and you’re right: it would be like two days of training. She’s definitely the only swimmer in the world male or female who could do every single event at a world class level right now.

Reply to  Joel Lin
7 years ago

Correct me if I’m wrong but I think that you are exaggerating by stating that Hosszu swam “every single event at world class level”.
Of course, we may have different understanding of what world class level is. For example, how do you define world class level at freestyle disciplines in SCM. I think Hosszu was well below this level.

Just another swimmer
Reply to  Prickle
7 years ago

I would say she’s world class at every stroke; after all, she did win the 400 IM, 100 back and 200 IM at the Olympics… And I certainly wouldn’t mind having her times on her worst events on SCM. Either way I don’t think she’ll care to much whether we think her performances are world class or not, she’s earning $1500 every time she wins lol

Reply to  Just another swimmer
7 years ago

The following are Hosszu’s all-time ranking at LCM. I hope it will help you with clarification of who Hosszu actually is. (50m , 100m, 200m , ….)

FR (#141, #32, #14, #36, #88, #138)
BU (#121, #149, #5)
BK (#34, #5, #6)
BR (#178, #266, #262)

Reply to  Prickle
7 years ago

You forgot IM #1,#1

Reply to  Prickle
7 years ago

Hosszu is pretty tough on freestyle SCM, best times since december 2014:
50: 24.43
100: 52.12
200: 1:51.18
400: 3:58.84
800: 8:18.96

If you don’t think those times are not world class, I don’t know in which universe you live.

Reply to  yozh1k
7 years ago

Obviously world class, and her in season times are even more world class on a relative basis.

Reply to  yozh1k
7 years ago

SWIMMER A and JOEL LIN defined Hosszu participation at World Cup as training. I totally agree with them on that. I also praised Hosszu for her innovation of making money during training. I corrected JOEL LIN that not every of her races at World Cup are world class level. Your knowledge of Hosszu’s personal bests is very impressive but has nothing to do with this conversation.

Reply to  Prickle
7 years ago

For example, if you consider her 3:58 at 400 free a world class time then how will you classify 4:02 shown recently at this Cup that gave her gold medal.

Jim C
Reply to  yozh1k
7 years ago

I do not think 8:18.96 is world class for 800 SCM. Belmonte holds the record at 7:59.34. I would say that 19.62 s slower than Ledecky would still be world class in LCM, but I would not say that about a time 19.2 s slower than Belmonte.

Reply to  Swimmer A
7 years ago

Training programs of many swimmers include attempts to swimt closely at their best along with other exercises. It is so natural to ask yourself: why such great efforts should be wasted for free and being watched by coach and a few teammates only if it can be a commodity. Especially if there are some people who are willing to pay for practice and broadcasting it.
I hope that those who organized this practice exercises proudly called World Cup are making money. But the entire idea looks kind of stupid to me and Katinka Hosszu cleverly punish them for this stupidity. Kudos. I personally won’t spend my money to watch practices.

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7 years ago

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