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November 13, 2019


Morozov (RUS) and Campbell (AUS), the best of a successful 2019 FINA Swimming World Cup



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 women’s 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 offer.

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.



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