717 medals, 39 nations on the podium, 25 new competition records,
seven meets in three clusters, USD 2.5 million in prize money.
These are some of the impressive numbers of the 2019 edition of the
FINA Swimming World Cup, concluded on November 9, 2019 in Doha
(QAT). Individually, Vladimir Morozov (RUS) and Cate Campbell (AUS)
were the overall winners of the competition: the Russian star was
the best among men, with a total of 333 points, while the
Australian champion led the women’s ranking with 357 points.
This is not the first success for Morozov in the World Cup, as
he was also the champion in 2018 and 2016, and second in 2017 and
2013. Also among men, Danas Rapsys, from Lithuania, was second in
the overall ranking, concluding the series with 234 points. The
third best swimmer in 2019 was Arno Kamminga, from the Netherlands,
with an accumulated total of 195 points. Both for Rapsys and
Kamminga, this is the best achievement so far in the
FINA Swimming World Cup.
In the women’s category, Campbell had also her best-ever
participation in the competition. The second place of the overall
ranking went to Katinka Hosszu, from Hungary, with 312 points. The
Magyar great consolidated her status as the best female swimmer in
the history of the competition, after five consecutive victories
between 2012 and 2016, and second places in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
The third best of the women’s ranking was Sweden’s
Michelle Coleman (174 points), her best so far in the World Cup.
The 2019 edition of the FINA Swimming World Cup comprised three
clusters in seven prestigious locations, and distributed more than
USD 2.5 million to the best athletes of the competition. All the
meets of the series, held in 50m-pool, were qualifying events for
the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
During the seven-leg circuit, 717 medals were distributed (238
gold, 240 silver and 239 bronze) to swimmers representing 39
countries. Australia led the medal chart with 118 awards (50 gold,
37 silver, 31 bronze), and was followed by Russia (38+21+22) and by
Hungary (37+40+30). Morozov was the most prolific swimmer among
men, with 20 titles and one second place, while Hosszu controlled
operations among women (23 gold, two silver and two bronze).
No less than 25 new World Cup records were established in 2019
– 15 among men, seven in the women’s races, and three
in the mixed relays. Once more, Morozov was in evidence with five
new best times, the same outcome than Rapsys. Among women, Hosszu
and Campbell established two new records each. In terms of
performances, the “most valuable” ones were the winning
time of Anton Chupkov (RUS) in the men’s 200m breaststroke in
Kazan (2:07.71 – 975 points), and the golden performance of
Cate Campbell in the women’s 100m free in Jinan (52.34
– 964 points).
2020 WP World League action started in Europe
In the spotlight
The 2020 edition of both the men’s and
FINA Water Polo World League kicked-off in Europe with the
first games of the preliminary phase on November 12, 2019. Among
men, Italy, Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro are the first
provisional leaders of their respective groups, while Spain
comfortably won the sole game in the women’s competition.
In a thrilling game in Piraeus (for Group A), Greece received
Italy, and despite a balanced first quarter (1-1), the 2019 world
champions made a decisive move towards victory in the second
period, scoring four goals (against one for the locals). Greece
reacted (2-1) in the third quarter, but Italy eventually prevailed,
sealing the victory in 9-6.
In Group B, the Magyars confirmed their favourite status in
Budapest, against Russia. Hungary made the difference in the second
period, with a clear 6-0. The final outcome of 14-6 for the locals
left no doubt about the Magyar dominance.
In The Hague, playing for Group C, the Dutch team could not
sustain the power of Serbia, winner of the 2019 edition of the
World League. The Balkan squad triumphed by 12-7, with a decisive
second partial of 7-1.
Finally, in Group D, things were also easy for Montenegro
(expressive victory by 23-3), hosting Ukraine in Niksic.
In women’s action, the scenario was similar in Sabadell,
where Spain (2019 world silver medallist) received France and
easily won the encounter by 18-1.
Chinese divers excel in the Grand Prix
With two legs to go, the seventh meet of the 2019
FINA Diving Grand Prix was held in Gold Coast (AUS) on November
8-10. Confirming their world supremacy in the discipline, Chinese
divers shone in the Australian rendezvous, by winning all
individual events at stake.
Among men, Wang Zongyuan and Wu Luxian managed the 1-2 in the 3m
springboard, while Lian Junjie was the best in the 10m platform.
The minor medals in these two events went to Shixin Li (AUS, bronze
in the 3m), Sam Fricker (AUS) and Nathan Brown (NZL), respectively
silver and bronze medallist in the higher board.
In the women’s field, Chen Yiwen controlled operations in
the springboard, with two Australians, Anabelle Smith (second) and
Kiarra Milligan (third) completing the podium. In the platform,
China ruled with Si Yajie and Ren Qian getting the gold and silver,
respectively. Nikita Hains, from Australia, got the last medal on
In synchronised action, divers from Malaysia were in excellent
shape, getting four out of the five titles contested in Gold Coast.
Among men, Gabriel Daim and Muhammad Puteh were the strongest in
the 3m, while Hanis Surya and Jelison Jabillin prevailed in the
10m. In both the women’s and mixed 3m springboard, the gold
medals went also to Malaysia, with China prevailing in the
women’s 10m platform.