2015 FINA WORLD CUP: Singapore
- Tuesday, September 29th – Wednesday, September 30th
- Prelims – 9 am local (9 pm EST) Finals – 6 pm local (6 am EST)
- OCBC Aquatic Centre Singapore
- Full Schedule
- Start Lists/Live Results
- FINA Live Stream
Men’s Point Race
South African Cameron van der Burgh has a large lead in the overall World Cup points standings with 201 comparative to Masato Sakai of Japan who sits in second with 96. van der Burgh also holds the lead in the third cluster of meets, but not so comfortably. The South African has 105 points while Sakai sits with 84.
van der Burgh will have a much bigger challenge for gold in Singapore as American Kevin Cordes will be in the mix. Cordes finished last year ranked fourth in the 50 breaststroke and third in the 200 breaststroke.
In Beijing Sakai won the 100 and 200 butterfly as well as the 1500 freestyle. The Japanese swimmer also finished fourth in the 400 freestyle, but hit the wall only 36 one-hundredths of a second behind Australian Daniel Smith who won the event.
In Singapore Sakai has dropped the 100 butterfly and will only swim the 400 and 1500 freestyle as well as the 200 butterfly. He will be the clear favourite in both the 1500 freestyle and 200 butterfly, but will have a stiff challenge on his hands to stand on top of the podium in the 400 freestyle.
Two of the most exciting races in Beijing were courtesy of Australians Cate Campbell and Bronte Campbell. After taking World Championship gold in both the 50 and 100 freestyle Bronte has returned only a few months later posting some very fast results. The only thing is that older sister Cate has topped her in both events.
In Beijing Cate took the 50 freestyle in a time of 24.30 and the 100 freestyle in a time of 52.96. Bronte finished second in both events posting a time of 24.53 in the 50 and 52.98 in the 100.
In Singapore the two sisters should once again provide excitement in the sprint freestyle events.
Seebohm Goes for the Sweep
World Champion Emily Seebohm of Australia will attempt to do something she couldn’t in Beijing, sweep all three backstroke events. Seebohm took the 100 and 200 backstroke, but finished second to Fu Yuanhui of China in the 50.
In Singapore she will still face tough competition from the likes of Hungarian Katinka Hosszu and American Missy Franklin in all three events, but will not have to contend with Fu in the 50 backstroke as the Chinese swimmer is not entered in the event.