After Day one of the Doha World Cup, it looks as though Chad Le Clos and Katinka Hosszu are going to be walking away with the big prizes. Doha, being the last stop on the Cluster 2 series, will give the swimmers one more chance tomorrow to fight for a spot in the top six.
With two victories and two third places finishes, Le Clos expanded his total for the Cluster 2 series to 171 points; he’s now over 50 points ahead of current second place Vlad Morozov.
There’s $153,000 USD to be split amongst the top six men and the top six women. Currently on the men’s and women’s sides, the top six are beginning to show. On the men’s side there’s an 18-point gap between current sixth place Roland Schoeman and seventh place Myles Brown. The women have created a 20-point gap with Ruta Meilutyte in sixth with 80 points, Melanie Costa-Schmid in seventh with 60.
Without a doubt Le Clos has clinched the $50,000 for finishing with the most points in the series. It would take at least four golds and a bronze medal performance for competitors Vlad Morozov and Bobby Hurley to reach him.
The battle is on for the second place prize of $35,000. Hurley and Morozov are within three points from each other. Both will face off tomorrow in the 50m backstroke where they’re in the same prelim heat, swimming side-by-side in lanes four and five. Hurley is entered in the 200m free and 200m back as well, whereas Morozov only has the 100m breast following the 50m back.
Much like with Le Clos, Hozzu appears to have created a comfortable barrier between herself and current second place Daryns Zevina. Zevina and Hossu are separated by a comfortable 132 points.
With a gold and bronze today, Alia Atkinson was able to tie Zevina for second place with 96 points. Tomorrow, Atkinson will be swimming two events while Zevina swims just one.
After tomorrow’s results, the total points from Moscow, Dubai, and Doha will be added up to choose the Cluster 2 winners.
The prizes will be as follows along with $1500 for every gold, $1000 for every silver, and $500 for every bronze:
- 1st – $50,000
- 2nd – $35,000
- 3rd – $30,000
- 4th – $20,000
- 5th – $10,000
- 6th – $8,000
|MoscowTotal||DubaiTotal||Doha Day 1Total||Doha Day 2Total||Cluster 2 Total|
|Chad Le Clos||69||69||33||171|
|Moscow Total||Dubai Total||Doha Day 1 Total||Doha Day 2 Total||Cluster 2 Total|
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