Kenneth To Pulls Out of Asian Stops of 2013 FINA World Cup

Australia’s Kenneth To, who currently sits 3rd in the overall World Cup standings, has withdrawn from the Asian Leg of the event that begins in November.

  • Eindhoven, Netherlands (August 7-8, 2013)
  • Berlin, Germany (August 10-11, 2013)
  • Moscow, Russia (October 12-13, 2013)
  • Dubai, UAE (October 17-18, 2013)
  • Doha, Qatar (October 20-21, 2013)
  • Singapore (November 5-6,2013)
  • Tokyo, Japan (November 9-10, 2013)
  • Beijing, China (November 13-14, 2013)

The series will go on in Singapore on November 5th, but it will be without To, who says he had planned to swim in Asia, saying that a “break” and some tests (he’s studying Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney) were beckoning his attention at the moment.

“It’s always difficult balancing a university degree with swimming professionally, so I am disappointed to miss out on racing the rest of this year’s World Cup,” To said on Thursday morning in Australia. “The series in general and my win last year had a huge impact on my career and I’ve enjoyed racing every one of the previous 13 stops I have been apart of. But alongside swimming well is my passion and commitment to progress in my physiotherapy degree which, at times, I have had to sacrifice in pursuit of my swimming goals. The decision to not race in Asia rebalances my time and priorities and will allow me to focus freely on my studies, upcoming exams in 3 weeks, as well as be refreshed for a big 2014 season ahead.”

After a slow start to the series, To really picked things up on the Middle Eastern leg, with a final money total that sits now north of $50,000.

To, who has always been a gracious swimmer, also used his Twitter account to wish good luck to the other 5 swimmers who finished in the top 6 of the men’s standings in the 2nd cluster (and therefore won big cluster prizes): Chad le Clos, Vlad Morozov, Tom Shields, Bobby Hurley, and Roland Schoeman.

With To bowing out, and Chad le Clos and Vlad Morozov seemingly all but out-of-reach in the overall standings presuming they swim at all three meets to finish the series, now opens things up a little more for the 3rd spot in the overall men’s standings. That position is worth $30,000.

Bobby Hurley is in a pole position to get there, but American Tom Shields is easily within reach of that position if he continues to have the kind of meets he did in Doha (and swims the series out).

The standings through two clusters are below.

R = Ranking Points (12 for a win, 9 for a 2nd, 6 for a 3rd)
P=Performance Points (top three swims in each stop, + record bonuses)

 

# Athlete NF NED GER RUS UAE QAT SIN JPN CHN Total
  R P R P R P R P R P R P R P R P *
1 LE CLOS Chad RSA 30 44 36 18 45 24 45 24 54 12 332
2 MOROZOV Vladimir RUS 33 42 12 36 18 42 12 45 240
3 TO Kenneth AUS 27 21 39 12 39 36 18 192
4 HURLEY Robert AUS 21 24 51 45 39 180
5 SHIELDS Thomas USA 15 12 18 36 18 33 24 156
6 SCHOEMAN Roland RSA 21 36 33 24 33 147
7 BROWN Myles RSA 18 6 30 24 27 105
8
GYURTA Daniel HUN
21 18 21 24 84
9 KAWECKI Radoslaw POL 12 21 6 24 18 81
10 KORZENIOWSKI Pawel POL 15 24 15 21 75
11
DELANEY Ashley AUS
30 30 6 6 72
12
BOVELL George TRI
18 12 6 12 15 6 69
13 JAMIESON Michael GBR 6 6 18 21 12 63
14 VERRASZTO David HUN 6 6 12 18 15 57
15
DEIBLER Steffen GER
18 27 6 51
15
DWYER Conor USA
24 27 51
17 PALTRINIERI Gregorio ITA 12 12 12 6 42
17 SCOZZOLI Fabio ITA 21 21 42
19 SETO Daiya JPN 12 24 36
19 AGNEL Yannick FRA 24 12 36
21 MELLOULI Oussama TUN 18 15 33
22 ERVIN Anthony USA 15 15 30
22 MAGNUSSEN James AUS 21 9 30
22 CLARY Tyler USA 9 21 30
25 CZERNIAK Konrad POL 12 6 6 24
25 KOCH Marco GER 9 15 24
27
FELDWEHR Hendrik GER
6 9 6 21
28
SINKEVICH Viatcheslav RUS
18 18
28
STRAVIUS Jeremy FRA
18 18
28
LARKIN Mitchell AUS
6 12 18

 

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