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PR 68 - Kenneth To (AUS) and Katinka Hosszu (HUN) reinforce overall lead

Lausanne (SUI), November 5, 2012 – Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu increased her lead after the sixth stop of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup in Beijing, held from November 2-3, securing three golds in the 800m freestyle, 200m butterfly and 100m IM.

China’s Olympic champion Shiwen Ye fell shy of the meet record (2:06.01) in the 200m IM, touching home in 2:06.10 – the meet’s best female performance, 964 points – to beat Hungarians Zsuzsanna Jakabos and Hosszu, taking second and third, respectively. The distance specialist also finished ahead of her European challengers in the 400m IM (4:26.93).

Among the other highlights at the “Water Cube” were the victories of Rachel Goh (AUS) in the 50m backstroke (26.66) and Rie Kaneto (JPN) in the 200m breaststroke (2:19.33).

In the men’s field, Australian Kenneth To produced the best performance of the meet in the 100m IM (51.58, 953 points), thus strengthening his overall lead.

His compatriot Matthew Stanley took out the 400m freestyle (3:40.74); Michael Klueh (USA) captured the gold in the 1500m freestyle (14:39.12); Stanislav Donets (RUS) was the swiftest in the 50m backstroke (23.14) and Kazuya Kaneda (JPN) touched first in the 200m butterfly (1:51.22).