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Doha 2018 FINA Swimming World Cup: Sjostrom, Pieroni sink records as Hosszu claims two more golds

  • 14 September 2018
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Doha 2018 FINA Swimming World Cup: Sjostrom, Pieroni sink records as Hosszu claims two more golds
Vinay Nayudu
Doha
In what turned out to be a thrilling evening for the fans, Swedish sprint queen Sarah Sjostrom raised the Hamad Aquatic Centre roof a little on Friday as she bettered her own World Cup record in the women’s 50m butterfly event on Day 2 of the 2018 FINA Swimming World Cup Series’ Doha leg.
It took nearly two days for the first record of this three-day meet to surface, but it came in fine style and amid loud cheers from a large Qatar crowd.
The 25-year-old Sjostrom won the 50m butterfly event in 25.22secs, bettering her own World Cup mark of 25.39 set just last week in Kazan, Russia.
And after the first record fell, it didn’t take long for the first men’s record to follow. In the very next race, Blake Pieroni of the US won the 100m freestyle in a World Cup record time of 48.11.
Pieroni broke the 28.16 mark set by South Africa’s Chad le Clos in 2015.
Clos hasn’t competed in Doha this year as yet as he is indisposed due to fever.
Sjostrom was clearly delighted with her performance. “I am happy that I could improve my time from Kazan, a few days ago. That’s really good. My only goal is to keep improving all the time. I’ve been working hard on my butterfly and I hope for more, little bit better. My aim was to go under 25 seconds, but it’s okay,” said the Swede speaking soon after her race.
The 22-year-old Pieroni too was over the moon with his splendid show. “It’s the second fastest time of my life. I’m super happy. It’s (100m free) definitely one of my favourite events,” he said.
Apart from these two standout displays, the evening belonged to Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu as the 29-year-old three-time Olympic champion continued with her medal fishing act at one of her favourite World Cup Series stops, scooping two golds, a silver and a bronze. Add to that a fifth placed finish.
“Fans are giving me all the energy,” she said after her first gold medal swim in the women’s 400m individual medley inviting big cheers. 
“I thank all my fans in Doha who always support me. I am enjoying the competition here. Hopefully, I will win more titles here,” she added.     
Soon after having said that, she returned with the 100m backstroke gold, after a bronze medal finish, in the 200m freestyle.
Hosszu closed off her beautiful evening at the HAC pool with a silver in the thrilling mixed 4x100m freestyle event with her Hungarian teammates, being pipped by the Dutch, who took gold.
Also claiming a brief spotlight was Russian Yuliya Efimova, who won the women’s 100m breaststroke event in 1:06.27secs, ahead of compatriot Vitalina Simonova. This was also the event which saw Hosszu lag behind and finish fifth (1:11.82) in her otherwise glorious evening.
Hosszu, who won two golds on the opening day, has so far collected four golds, a silver and two bronze medals thus far in this second leg of Cluster 1 of the World Cup Series which is being led by Sjostrom.
The other men to sizzle were Australia Mitchell Larkin, who claimed gold in the 200m individual medley (1:59.14) and Brazilian Felipe Lima, who topped the 50m breaststroke event in 26.84secs.
“I gave my best for this tough race and I am happy to achieve the victory. I am trying hard in the World Cup and this win will give me confidence,” said Larkin.
On his part, Lima gleaming with his second gold of the meet said, “It was the best time for me this season. I was a good time and I am very happy to win my second gold medal here in Doha.”   
Qatari swimmers in action in the finals were also heavily cheered and egged on by their home crowd.
The young Abdulaziz al Obaidly, competing in the men’s 200m IM, finished a creditable seventh, while Fahad Hussain swam in he men’s 200m butterfly event (2:22.52). Earlier in the men’s 1500m freestyle Kareem Salama Salah finished sixth (17:31.34), ahead of Lebanon’s Nahas el Ahmed.
The swimmers will be back in action on the final day on Saturday.

RESULTS (All Finals)
Women’s 400m Individual Medley
1. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 4:39.57; 2. Zsuzsanna Jakabos (HUN) 4:44.87
3. Alba Vazquez Ruiz (ESP) 4:48.68

Men’s 1500m Freestyle
1. Marcos Gil Corbacho (ESP) 15:28.19; 2. Ferran Julia Tous (ESP) 0.66 15:42.84
3. Lin Zheqi (CHN) 0.65 15:57.24; 6 Salah Kareem Salama (QAT) 17:31.34

Men’s 50m Backstroke
1. Michael Andrew (USA) 24.49; 2. Vladmir Morozov (RUS) 24.79; 3. Mitchell Larkin (AUS) 25.15

Women’s 200m Freestyle
1. Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) 1:56.32; 2. Femke Heemskerk (NED) 1:56.92
3. Katinka Hosszu 2:00.16
 
Men’s 200m Individual Medley
1. Mitchell Larkin (AUS) 1:59.14; 2. Tomas Peribonio (ECU) 2:00.40
3. Kirill Prigoda  (RUS) 2:03.47

Women’s 100m Backstroke
1. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 59.63; 2. Kira Toussaint  (NED) 1:00.05
3. Tamara Molina (ESP) 1:02.47; 3. Yuru Jiang (CHN) 1:02.47 
Men’s 50m Breaststroke
1. Felipe Lima (BRA) 26.84; 2. Michael Andrew (USA) 27.47; 3. Kirill Prigoda (RUS) 27.60

Women’s 50m Butterfly
1. Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) 25.22; 2. Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) 25.76; 3. Kimberly Buys (BEL) 25.94

Men’s 100m Freestyle
1. Blake Pieroni (USA) 48.11; 2. Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 48.43; 3. Pieter Timmers (BEL) 49.04

Women’s 100m Breaststroke
1. Yuliya Efimova (RUS) 1:06.27; 2. Vitalina Simonova (RUS) 1:07.90; 3. Sishi Zhang (CHN) 1:10.35

Men’s 200m Butterfly
1. Maksym Shemberev (AZE) 1:58.45; 2. David Verraszto (HUN) 1:58.70; 3. Yuhang Wu (CHN) 1:59.81

Mixed 4x100m Freestyle
1. Netherlands (Kyle Stolk, Jesse Puts, Femke Heemskerk, Ranomi Kromowidjojo) 3:30.81; 2. Hungary (Daniel Dudas, David Verraszto, Zsusanna Jakabos, Katinka Hosszu) 3:37.71; 3. China (Zheqi Lin, Yuhang Wu, Xinyu Li, Sishi Zhang) 3:40.76.
 
Women's 100m breaststroke
1. Yuliya Efimova (RUS) 1:06.27; 2. Vitalina Simonova (RUS) 1:07.90; 3. Sishi Zhang (CHN) 1:10.35 

Men's 200m butterfly
1. Maksym Shemberev (AZE) 1:58.45; 2. David Verraszto (HUN) 1:58.70; 3. Yuhang Wu (CHN) 1:59.81

Mixed 4x100m Freestyle
1. Netherlands (Kyle Stolk, Jesse Puts, Femke Heemskerk, Ranomi Kromowidjojo) 3:30.81; 2. Hungary (Daniel Dudas, David Verraszto, Zsusanna Jakabos, Katinka Hosszu) 3:37.71; 3. China (Zheqi Lin, Yuhang Wu, Xinyu Li, Sishi Zhang) 3:40.76.

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