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PR 59 - Hosszu (HUN) re-captures seven golds in Doha

Lausanne (SUI), October 8, 2012 – Doha, in Qatar, successfully staged the second leg of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup from October 6-7. The meet welcomed current and up-and-coming elite swimmers but the sensation of the two-day meet was undoubtedly Katinka Hosszu from Hungary, who repeated her brilliant performance from Dubai by bagging seven gold medals (200m, 400m and 800m freestyle, 200m butterfly and all three medley events).

2011 World Cup winner Therese Alshammar (SWE) was also consistent, winning the 50m freestyle, 50m and 100m butterfly. Compatriot Jennie Johansson emerged victorious in the 50m and 100m breaststroke while Daryna Zevina from Ukraine touched first in the 100m and 200m backstroke, which earned her the highest scoring, 929 points, for her 2:02.99 effort.

Among men, the Australian and South African delegations took the spotlight, each taking out five events. Those with victories included Tommaso D’Orsogna (100m and 200m freestyle), Robert Hurley (400m freestyle and 100m backstroke) and Kenneth To (100m individual medley, best performance of the meet with 953 points) for Australia and Cameron van der Burgh (50m and 100m breaststroke), Roland Schoeman (50m butterfly), Chad Le Clos (100m butterfly) and Darian Townsend (200m individual medley) for South Africa.

Other nations with gold medals in Doha were the China, Germany, Japan, Poland, Russia and USA.

The FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2012 can be followed on FINAtv at www.fina.org and is also available on iPhone/iPad (LIVE+ application @appstore).