Le Clos Returns, Andrew Doubles At Doha World Cup Prelims Day 3


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The third and final preliminary session from the 2018 FINA World Cup stop saw just five events contested, with the full 12-event lineup set for tonight’s finals.

The heats session saw South African Chad Le Clos swim his first races of the stop after reportedly not feeling well on days 1 and 2, as he got himself through to the final of the men’s 50 fly in 7th (24.33).

World Record holder Andrii Govorov leads the charge in a quick 23.11, and American Michael Andrew (23.47) and Dutchman Jesse Puts (23.94) were also sub-24. Vlad Morozov also made the final in 24.09 for 5th, while a swim-off took place for the 8th spot between Dries Vangoetsenhoven of Belgium and George-Adrian Ratiu of Romania. After tying for 8th in 24.57, the Belgian won the swim-off in 24.22 to the Romanian’s 24.48.

Le Clos also swam the 200 free prelims, but cruised a little too much as he missed the final despite finishing 2nd in his heat with the 10th-fastest time of 2:01.06. Kyle Stolk of the Netherlands (1:50.45) and Lorenz Weiremans of Belgium (1:50.58) lead the field, with American Blake Pieroni safely qualifying in 3rd (1:54.33). In the final Pieroni will look to complete the 100/200/400 sweep here in Doha.

Andrew was also in action in the men’s 100 back, clocking 56.97 to lead other contenders Mitch Larkin (57.32) and Morozov (58.41).

Anton Chupkov (2:13.18) led heavy hitters Kirill Prigoda (2:13.45) and Arno Kamminga (2:13.71) in the men’s 200 breast, splitting the race 1:07.5/1:05.6, and Femke Heemskerk (55.10) took the top seed in the women’s 100 free with Sarah Sjostrom (55.58) and Ranomi Kromowidjojo (55.63) sitting in 3rd and 4th.

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These prelims times are ridiculous


Says the one who will never swim at those times 🙂


4th place in 100 back was a 59.47, I have been faster than that, nice try tho

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Philip Johnson

Are we not allowed to criticize unless we swim equal or better than the swimmers competing?


How do you want Sarah Sjostrom to swim, for instance, if there were only 10 contenders where #9 is seeded with 1:02 and #10 is 1:08 Women 200 back has only 5 contenders where #2 had a personal best 2:12.50 So Hosszu will probably have no problems to grab another $1500 It’s not times are ridiculous but the entire meet is. What a waste of money. I’m wondering why don’t we see Missy Franklin here. It’s a great place to vulture. Nevertheless there will be some intrigue today: Hosszu – Efimova competition (what a pair). Efimova has to swim pretty fast in 50BR to score more FINA points than Hosszu did yesterday in 100BK. And there will be the race… Read more »


One can think that I’m to harsh on Missy. She may indeed has some mental issues. Otherwise I don’t understand. She could easily make up to $2000 here. That will cover the airfare and luxury accommodation. She could sell her books here, making friends and pictures with the bunch of little Dohanians, be welcome at any social gatherings. Simply put : have a great one week vacation.


Has anybody noticed the strong similarity between Efimova and Hosszu?
They both are gifted swimmers.
They both are beloved daughters of their Nations.
They both are decorated with government orders.
They both love California more than native country.
They both trained at the same place under same coach.
They both are available.
There is only one small detail: Efimova was caught twice ( but without any consequences) and Hosszu …you know.


Definition of keyboard warrior right here


’25 FREE CHAMP’ awarded me with the ‘best troll Swimswam has ever known’ title. Is the ‘keyboard warrior’ promotion or demotion. I’m not sure about this qualification terminology. If the later is true I will double my efforts to improve the performance. …. My dog woke me twice this night. Nature called. I have already forgiven him. He is 13 and a half. But the night was broken. And you of course know how weird can be thoughts in the middle of the night when everything around is quiet and dark and some strange revelations suddenly comes to your mind: Hosszu and Efimova are sisters! In the morning when the Sun is shining and there is no more hurricane everything… Read more »




LOL Le Clos 2:01


He was (is?) ill. He had to swim on the last day because of the money (cluster and the whole series). Time doesn’t matter only the fact of swimming.

Philip Johnson

Does anyone think the venue has anything to do w/ some of these lackluster times? Doha, a place in the desert w/ little to no swimming tradition, seems like an odd place to host. I know it’s about the money, but maybe hosting in a place where more people show up might help.


Of course it does. At each stop of World Cup you will see a lot of locals in competition. In Kazan it was almost Russian open championships. In Tokyo you will see mostly Japanese swimmers . And so on. No travel expenses. Cheap accommodations. No expense for supporting team. Doha obviously doesn’t have enough local swimmers.

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James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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