Sjostrom, Hosszu Triple As World Cup Race Heats Up In Hong Kong


The race for the women’s point lead at the 2017 World Cup in Hong Kong is getting interesting, with leader Sarah Sjostrom and defending champ Katinka Hosszu each winning three events on day 1.

The cancellation of the Dubai stop has opened up the tour’s second cluster to more entries per meet. Typically capped at 4 entries per meet in each of the cluster’s three meets, the entries are now expanded to 6 individual entries per meet in each of cluster 2’s two meets.

So far, Sjostrom and Hosszu are perfect 3-for-3s. If that trend keeps up tomorrow, it’ll come down to performance bonuses (who has the highest FINA point-scoring swim) to decide the early lead on the tour, unless someone breaks a world record.

Sjostrom, who’s sworn off the 200 free in long course, swam 1:51.77 to cruise to a second-and-a-half win on Saturday over Femke Heemskerk. The result, primarily built into the last 50, was more than a second slower than her World Record done in Eindhoven in August. Sjostrom won again, with even less of a challenge, in the 100 fly (55.32). She came back later to take the 50 free in 23.42. World Record holder, Ranomi Kromowidjojo, took 2nd in 24.12.

Hosszu took her first win of the day in the 50 back, touching in 26.24. That beat Australian Emily Seebohm (26.32) and home-country hero Stephanie Au (26.95). Hosszu won more comfortably over Seebohm in the 200 IM (2:05.29) 23 minutes later, and about half-an-hour after that took her biggest win of the day with a 2:03.14 in the 200 back (2.76 second margin of victory).

Sjostrom currently holds a 90-point lead over Hosszu, but both rolled up 36 points already today, and performance bonuses could count for up to 24.

On the men’s side, Chad le Clos leads the points over Vladimir Morozov and Kirill Prigoda.

The Russian Morozov won the 100 free in 45.91, beating out le Clos’ 46.10. After swimming a lifetime best earlier this season in Berlin (45.23 – World Cup record), Morozov now joins Le Clos as the only swimmer under 46 twice so far this fall.

Le Clos also got beat in the 200 fly. That first win for the Americans went to Tom Shields in 1:49.62. The South African le Clos, who tends to have more stamina over 200 meters than does Shields, made up almost half-a-second on the final 50, but Shields had built a huge margin by that point and had plenty left to win the race.

Le Clos got his win, ironically, in the 50 fly, beating out Shields 22.52-22.99.

Prigoda, meanwhile, won the 200 breast in 2:04.02 and Morozov also took the 100 IM in 51.64. Those two wins were back-to-back for the Russian duo.

  • Cameron van der Burgh won the men’s 50 breaststroke in 25.80 as both the oldest swimmer in the final and the World Record holder.
  • Jamaican World Record holder Alia Atkinson didn’t approach her best in this event (1:02.36, which she’s done twice), but did win comfortably in 1:04.09. Rikke Pedersen was 2nd in 1:05.28 and 200 specialist Kierra Smith just missed a personal best in 3rd in 1:05.65.
  • Germany’s Christian Diener, who is entering his prime at 24-years old, won the men’s 100 back.  Diener finished in 51.44, which beat out an off-form Radoslaw Kawecki, who won this race in Berlin in a sub-50 shortly after the World Championships.
  • Italy’s Gabrielle Detti fought back a late-charging Wojiech Wojdak in the men’s 400 free. Detti touched 1st in 3:43.11, while Wojdak was 2nd in 3:43.23. Detti is the 2017 World Champion in both the 400 and 800 meter freestyles.
  • China’s Li Bingjie won the women’s 800 free in 8:27.89. The time, 28 seconds shy of the World Record, was less impressive than her age, only 15. This race was without most of the usual circuit stars – a casualty of FINA’s new event-limit rules.
  • South Africa’s Ayrton Sweeney won the men’s 400 IM in 4:07.76 – three seconds better than Russia’s Danill Psynkov.
  • The Dutch won the day’s relay, a mixed 200 medley, in 1:40.75. Kromowidjojo split 25.63 on the fly leg.

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I know! I’m so happy for Shields.


Wow he actually won something for once.


As for Hosszu and Sjostrom: Both can’t get to 6 out of 6 as the two will meet in the 100IM finals tomorrow. If Hosszu wins that she can shrink Sarah’s lead somewhat.


Sarah has by far the best FINA score after day 1 though so she would still extend her World Cup lead. Katinka narrowly got over 900 FINA points on day 1 so it’s a bit of a question how good her form is. Maybe she will be stronger in the 100s, she was on good pace in the 200 back about halfways. As a matter of fact Heemskerk and Atkinson are both ahead after day 1 so she needs a better time tomorrow to even get any extra points. Sarah on the other hand got a respectable 977 for her 50 free, and was over 970 on her 200 free aswell. But of course, we saw many scores over 1000(aka… Read more »


Yes, SS is far the best with e.g. 973 and 977 points. Katinka swam 907, 912, 920 and 936 points yesterday, so I think she was not so narrowly over that 900 points border (today 943 points). Otherwise they are doing different things, in the morning SS only swims what is needed, Katinka all of them.


Never understood this point system. What is a better performance than winning 50 back, 200 IM and 200 back within an hour? Can hardly imagine anyone else to do that or a similar feat.


It’s a great achievement, but how can you measure it? The point system based on times is exact and easily measured, so imho good. With today’s program Katinka should be able to swim some better perf finals. She has far more time between the events. She is a favourite in all her events but will be pushed by Seebohm and Sjostrom in the 100s, so perhaps we will see some great times. I don’t think that she is in the form that is needed to retake the 400IM WR though. I expect that Sarah holds onto the first spot in the perf list but Katinka takes the 2nd.


No this is not exact. Depands on the previous WRs. But there were some that was undreameble, unthinkable, and unimaginable. E.g. I’m a girl who is swimming 200 back, or I’m a guy who is swimming 200 free. Or there was Ye Shiwen’s WR. Think about it.


My point is that this is the best system what they can use. What would you do? Who would tell which WR is better and by what margin? Instead of bashing of the system propose a better one please.


Everybody can tell wich WR is better (we have been talking about that for years), there’s less possibility to swim it in the near future. The margin is not so easy. You could use a multiplier for harder ones (in point system 1000 for the “easier” ones and 1… for the harder ones).
But IMO the most important would be that at the end of the special race FINA immediately or in very short time ratificates the new WR’s and corrects the points. E.g. Kristóf Milák swam “new” junior records in Indianapolis, but he swam better times in Netanya at the end of June.


Attila, never mind. There are 3 girls on the Globe, one is the best on 400-1500 free, the second is 50-100 fly and free, the third is all the IM’s and some backs.
What will be happen in this year’s SC Eurpeans? Sarah and Katinka together can win 12 golds, but at least will win 10 ( and two minor medals) for sure. Only the breasts for the others. That’s the case.


Could not agree more. Hard to argue that not these three ladies are the best swimmers on the planet.


Well, what about FINA scores now?
Hosszu just swam 984 in the 100 medley.
Sjostrom swam 971 in the 50 fly.
Katinka’s 984 is the best score so far and it’s likely will remain the best unless Hosszu herself beats it in the 400IM.

Katinka will edge closer to Sarah for sure.


With 9 points. But it doesn’t mean anything in the question that the present point system isn’t exact and correct.


Sjostrom tried to rest during the 100IM to be able to swim big in the 50fly, but that still wasn’t enough for the best performance.

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