2018 FINA WORLD CUP – DOHA
- Thursday, September 13th – Saturday, September 15th
- Hamad Aquatic Centre (HAC), Aspire Zone, Doha, Qatar
- Heats at 10am local/Finals at 6pm local
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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.