November 14, 2013
Aussies take total to ten gold from Beijing
The Australian swimmers competing at the FINA World Cup series have picked up five more gold medals overnight to take their Beijing gold medal haul to a total of ten on the final night of competition at the Water Cube.
With a grand total of 75 medals from the Asian legs of the World Cup and a number of new world, Australian and Commonwealth records set, the Aussie swimmers raised the standard in short course swimming and proved a force to be reckoned with on the international stage.
Australia’s sprint sensation Cate Campbell started the gold rush on the final night with a win in the women’s 100m freestyle.
The long course world champion in this event was too strong and led from start to finish, hitting the wall in a time of 51.59 to take top spot ahead of Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom in 52.41 and her sister Bronte Campbell in 52.57.
In the men’s 200m freestyle, Thomas Fraser-Holmes continued his golden streak when he secured the win in a time of 1:43.09.
Fraser-Holmes beat out fellow Aussie Robert Hurley who snuck into second with 1:43.67, just 0.02 of a second ahead of Pawel Korzeniowsky (1:43.69) in third.
Medley master Alicia Coutts demonstrated her dominance winning gold in the final of the women’s 100m individual medley.
Sitting under world record pace for the first 50 metres, Coutts stopped the clock at an impressive time of 58.08 to take top spot on the podium ahead of Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson (58.71) and the female FINA World Cup
Champion for 2013 Katinka Hosszu in 58.92.
Back in the water for the women’s 50m butterfly, Coutts finished in seventh place in 26.51 with Sjostrom taking the gold in 25.24.
Backstroker Emily Seebohm finished her world cup campaign on a high note, with first place in the women’s 100m backstroke.
Seebohm went out quickly and couldn’t be caught as she touched the wall in a time of 57.22 for the win, relegating Daryna Zevina to second in 57.56 and Hosszu to third in 57.92.
The final gold of the night came in the mixed 4x50m freestyle relay with the team of Tommaso D’Orsogna, Travis Mahoney, Cate Campbell and Bronte Campbell combining to finish first in a time of 1:30.52.
The quartet managed to hold off a fast finishing China who picked up the silver in a time of 1:30.89 while Brazil bagged the bronze in 1:31.45.
With a silver medal already to his name from the 200m freestyle, Hurley added to his medal collection when he finished second in the final of the men’s 50m backstroke.
Hurley hit the wall in 23.40 behind Eugene Godsoe from the USA and just ahead of Brazilian Guilherme Guido in 23.79. Fellow Australian Ashley Delaney was just outside the medals in fourth place with a time of 23.97.
Delaney then worked his way on to the podium with a silver medal winning swim in the men’s 200m backstroke.
Godsoe was once again too strong taking top spot in 1:51.29, with Delaney second in 1:52.46 and Yuki Shirai from Japan third in 1:52.49, while Victorian Travis Mahoney was eighth in a time of 1:58.46.
Mahoney also finished eighth in the final of the 200m individual medley, hitting the wall in 2:00.01 behind gold medal winner and FINA World Cup Champion Chad Le Clos (1:52.60).
Tommaso D’Orsogna rounded out the Australian performances with a fourth place finish in the men’s 100m butterfly in 50.80 and seventh place in the men’s 50m freestyle in 21.51.
On the overall FINA World Cup rakings Hurley (285) finished the tour in third place behind World Cup Champion for 2013 Le Clos (574) and Russian sprinter Vladimir Morozov (414) in second.
Hungary’s Hosszu (840) was crowned the female Champion with Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson (288) second and Spain’s Mireia Belmonte (280) third.
Full results and information for the 2013 FINA World Cup Series can be found at http://www.fina.org.