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November 15, 2017

 

SWC 2017: Two World Cup Records on final night in Tokyo

 

 

Two World Cup records and three world junior records fell on the final night of the Tokyo leg of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup, on Wednesday November 15.

Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) and Daiya Seto (JPN) set competition bests, while teen ace Rikako Ikee (JPN) lowered two of her own world junior marks and Bingjie Li (CHN) claimed one in the 400m free.

Sjostrom’s performances pushed her within touching distance of the overall title, while Chad Le Clos (RSA) laid one hand on the men’s crown, even though both suffered setbacks.

The Swede clocked 55.07sec in the 100m fly, lowering the four-year-old World Cup record of 55.30 set by Alicia Coutts (AUS), with runner-up Ikee taking her world junior standard down by 0.43sec to 55.99.

Sjostrom was, however, edged out in the 50m free by Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED), who stopped the clock at 23.29, just ahead of the Swede in 23.34.

I’m very happy with my 100 fly, it was not a perfect race at all — I swam the 50m free OK just before that. I still have a lot of things to work on. I can still improve my swimming and details a lot — I make a lot of mistakes in my races and I can still improve,” said Sjostrom.

Katinka Hosszu (HUN) claimed the 250th gold of her World Cup career when winning the first race of the night, the 100m IM. She came home in 57.38, ahead of Ikee — who sliced 0.49sec off another of her world junior bests, this time to 57.75 — and arch-rival Emily Seebohm (AUS).

I was confident in each race and that was the key to breaking the records. I will miss my junior days, but to get a medal at the Olympics in 2020 I will have to do enough training to compete with similar and older athletes. This summer I did not get the results I was hoping for, but I hope next year I will not experience the same regret and so I will keep doing my best,” said Ikee.

Seebohm and Hosszu locked horns again in the 200m back, and the Aussie gained revenge, eventually pulling back long-time leader Regan Smith (USA) in a thrilling duel over the final 50m, with Hosszu back in third.

That’s the way I’ve been swimming my 200s for a while now. It really helps me a lot and, especially with that 100 IM so close I really wanted to save as much as I could the first half. I’ll go to Singpaore now, and it’s one step closer to going home, which is always nice. I guess it’s been a long six months and I’m ready to relax a bit before getting back in shape for the Commonwealth Games,” said Seebohm.

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FINA Diving Grand Prix curtains close on 2017 season

 

In the spotlight

 

 

With yet another very successful edition of the FINA Diving Grand Prix, the competition concluded on Sunday in Gold Coast, Australia, as Malaysia diving ace Pandelela Rinong Pamg broke China’s dominance in the individual events by grabbing gold in the platform event (with 319.40 points).

After eight legs in Rostock (GER), Gatineau (CAN), San Juan (PUR), Madrid (ESP), Bolzano (ITA), Kuala Lumpur (MAS), Singapore (SGP) and Gold Coast (AUS) stretching from February to November 2017, China has clinched a grand total of 27 gold, 12 silver and 5 bronze medals making it the most successful nation of the circuit, while Korea is behind with 8 golds, 3 silver and 6 bronze medals.

Armenia, Australia, Belarus, Canada, Colombia, DPR Korea, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine and the U.S. were the other nations stepping at least once on the podium this year, making this competition truly universal with success shared across four continents.

Details results for each leg can be found on FINA website and press releases can be read here.

Photos of the FINA Diving Grand Prix 2017 are available here

Four hosts are already confirmed for the 2018 edition: Rostock (GER) will welcome the event from February 23-25, Calgary (CAN) from May 10-13, Bolzano (ITA) from July 6-7 and Madrid from July 13-15. Four more cities will be announced at a later stage.


 

Serbia and Croatia beat Romania and Russia, Spain defeats the Netherlands in WPWL first round

 

World champions Croatia beat Russia in Zadar (CRO) in the opening game of the European preliminaries of the FINA Men's Water Polo World League 2018, while Olympic champions and World League title holders Serbia gave no chance to Romania in Zrenjanin (SRB).

Group A's Serbia stamped their authority right from the first round and won easily 12-3, despite Romania fighting until the end (4-1, 2-0, 4-1, 2-1).

Croatia scored 14 times against 4 for the Russians (3-0, 3-1, 4-1, 4-2) for the first game of group B.

In group C's game, Spain defeated the Dutch 9-5 in Malaga (ESP), leading throughout most of the game with some doubts in the first and third quarters (2-1, 3-1, 1-2, 3-1). The Dutch however did display a good defence and strong concentration until the end.

Provisional ranking

Group A: SRB 3 pts; ROU 0 pt; MNE 0 pt
Group B: CRO 3pts; RUS 0 pt; GER 0 pt
GROUP C: ESP 3 pts; NED 0 pt; HUN 0 pt

The second round of the European prelims will be played on December 12. Serbia will encountet their neighbours from Montenegro, Germany will play its first game against Russia and the Netherlands will face World Championships runner-up Hungary.


 
 
 

 

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