To, Hosszu Take Points Lead After Meet 1 of 2012 FINA World Cup

After the completion of the first meet of the 2012 FINA World Cup Series, two clear leaders have emerged at the top of the standings.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu not only took home the most money, with $11,000, from Dubai, she also had the best swim on the women’s side thanks to her 400 Free swim of 4:02.64. For the men, it was Kenneth To’s Australian Record in the 100 IM at 51.43 that took home the most points, and it wasn’t even close.

It’s also clear that, at least through the first meet, the men far outperformed the women.

Last year’s series winners, Chad le Clos and Therese Alshammar, sit 2nd and 6th in their respective rankings.

Remember that these standings are different than those of the money list, published here.

How the Scoring System Works

At each meet of the World Cup, athletes will be ranked by their single best performance, according to the FINA Points Table (which is a cross-event power points system). The top 10 men and top 10 women receive points for that meet, which go to their overall series score. At the end of the series, the three men and three women with the most combined World Cup Points (not to be confused with FINA points – it doesn’t matter what the margin of FINA points is) will receive the prize money.

Keep in mind that there are bonuses for any World Records set (20), and points for the final meet of the season in Singapore will be doubled, meaning that it would be a challenge for anyone who didn’t swim the final meet to finish in the money. There are 7 total meets in the series, and so plenty of time left to make up ground on the leaders as things heat up in Doha starting Friday.

The tie between Anthony Ervin and Marco Koch was broken by the fact that Ervin’s second-best swim (finals of the 50 free) was better than Koch’s.

The Prizes

The overall series standings will award prizes as follows to the highest scoring man and woman in the series:

1st – $100,000
2nd – $50,000
3rd – $30,000

The Standings

MEN          
Swimmer Country Event Time FINA PP WC Points
Kenneth To Australia 100 IM 51.43 961 25
Chad le Clos South Africa 200 Fly 1:51.61 934 20
Daiya Seto Japan 200 Fly 1:51.71 931 16
George Bovell Trinidad & Tobago 100 IM 52.19 920 13
Darian Townsend South Africa 200 IM 1:53.25 918 10
Stanislav Donets Russia 100 Back 50.62 903 7
Kosuke Hagino Japan 400 Free 3:40.77 895 5
Anthony Ervin USA 50 Free (prelims) 21.07 894* 3
Marco Koch Germany 200 Breast 2:05.26 894* 2
Robert Hurley Australia 200 Free 1:43.37 888 1
           
WOMEN          
Swimmer Country Event Time FINA PP WC Points
Katinka Hosszu Hungary 400 IM 4:02.64 914 25
Daryna Zevina Ukraine 200 Back 2:05.01 885 20
Rachel Goh Australia 100 Back 57.67 878 16
Melissa Ingram New Zealand 400 Free 4:04.91 882 13
Britta Steffen Germany 100 Free 53.39 872 10
Therese Alshammar Sweden 50 Fly 25.56 867 7
Hang Yu Sze Hong Kong 200 Free 1:57.12 855 5
Zsuzsanna Jakabos Hungary 200 IM 2:11.42 852 3
Jennie Johansson Sweden 100 Breast 1:06.27 846 2
Anna Dzerkal Ukraine 200 IM 2:11.79 845 1

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Wait a minute, wasnt Katinka Kosszu’s 400 free: 4.04:43? Which gives her 887 Fina points… (it doesnt make any difference anyway)

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