FINA WORLD CUP SERIES – DOHA
- Thursday, November 7th – Saturday, November 9th
- Hamad Aquatic Center, Doha, Qatar
- SwimSwam Meet Preview
- Day 1 Recap
- Live Results
One FINA World Cup Record and one National Record were seen halfway through day 2 of the FINA World Cup Series stop in Doha, Qatar tonight. The stop represents the final meet of the 7-city circuit, which has Vlad Morozov of Russia and Cate Campbell of Australia leading the overall respective men’s and women’s points standings.
But it was Ukrainian Mykhailo Romanchuk who turned some heads during tonight’s session, clocking a new World Cup Record en route to gold in the men’s 1500m freestyle. The International Swimming League (ISL) Energy Standard team member put a time of 14:51.61 on the board tonight, topping the podium in 1 of 3 sub-15:00 times of the final.
Behind Romannchuk in Doha were Jan Micka of the Czech Republic and Gergely Gyurta of Hungary. Micka touched in 14:58.30, while Gyurta rounded out the top 3 in 14:59.88.
For Romanchuk, his 14:51.61 tonight overtakes the previous World Cup mark of 14:55.06 set by Italian Olympic champion Gregorio Paltrinieri in 2015.
Romanchuk earned silver in this 1500m free event at this year’s World Championships in Gwangju, Korea, where he notched a time of 14:37.63 to finish runnerup to champion Florian Wellbrock of Germany.
On the women’s front tonight in Doha, on-fire Kira Toussaint of the Netherlands matched her newly-minted national record of 59.14 in the women’s 100m backstroke. In tonight’s final, Toussaint split 28.84/30.30 to beat the field to the wall at the same time she registered last week in Kazan. There in Russia, Toussaint split 28.68/30.46 to get the same result.
Two Aussies fought for the silver behind Toussaint, with Emily Seebohm snagging the 2nd spot in 59.30 and Kaylee McKeown claiming bronze in 59.60.