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PR 99- SWC 2015: Swimming stars reaffirm their strentgh in Doha

The penultimate leg of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2015 concluded last night in Doha, Qatar, where Australia's swimming stars Emily Seebohm and Mitchell Larkin excelled among other major players such as the South Africans Chad Le Clos, Cameron Van Der Burgh and the "Iron Lady" Katinka Hosszu of Hungary.

At Doha’s Hamad Swimming Centre, the venue which hosted the 2014 FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), Seebohm stole the scene by claiming gold in three events - the 50m, 100m and 200m back in respectively 27.85, 58.34 and 2:07.19. Her three golds won in Doha helped her total 60 points for the leg. She ranks second after the unbeatable Katinka Hosszu who also topped three events - the 200m free and the 200/400m medley. Hosszu was the best in Doha with 87 points in the leg's rankings.

New Zealand's Lauren Boyle was another athlete to stand out in Doha as she took gold in the 800m (8:24.76) and the 400m free (4:06.58).

In the men's competition, Le Clos was in excellent form and triumphed in the 100m free and the 50/100/200m fly, his speciality. No contest, his compatriot Van Der Burgh was the strongest in the 100m breast in 59.68 but he also won the 50m of the same stoke (26.96). They both rank second in the leg's rankings with 48 points.

However, Van Der Burgh, with 327 points, is leading the overall rankings and Le Clos follows him with 129 points. David Verraszto of Hungary is third (123 points). He won the 400m medley in Doha.

Australia's Mitchell Larkin did an excellent race in the 200m back as he touched home in 1:53.80. Larkin also won the 100m back (52.26) on Day 2.

All results can be found here

After a leg where the best athletes reaffirmed their strength,  the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup now moves to Dubai (UAE) for the eighth and last meet of edition 2015, on November 6 -7.

Winners in Doha (QAT):

50m free: Men - Bruno Fratus (BRA) 22.28; Women €“ - Anna Santamans (FRA) 24.95

100m free: Men - Chad Le Clos (RSA) 48.96; Women -€“ Melanie Wright (AUS) 53.86
200m free: Men - James Guy (GBR) 1:47.06; Women -€“ Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 1:56.60
400m free: Men - James Guy (GBR) 3:46.76; Women -“ Lauren Boyle (NZL) 4:06.58
800m free: Women - Lauren Boyle (NZL) 8:24.76
1500m free: Men - Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR) 15:07.06
50m back: Men - David Plummer (USA) 24.70; Women - Emily Seebohm (AUS) 27.85
100m back: Men -€“ Mitchell Larkin (AUS) 52.26; Women -€“ Emily Seebohm (AUS) 58.34
200m back: Men - Mitchell Larkin (AUS)  1:53.80; Women -€“ Emily Seebohm (AUS) 2:07.19
50m breast: Men - Cameron Van Der Burgh (RSA) 26.96; Women - Alia Atkinson (JAM) 30.55€“
100m breast: Men - Cameron Van Der Burgh (RSA) 59.68; Women -€“ Molly Hannis (USA) 1:06.94
200m breast: Men - Daniel Gyurta (HUN) 2:10.33; Women -€“ Re Kaneto (JPN) 2:23.45
50m fly: Men - Chad Le Clos (RSA) 23.43; Women - Alexandra Sasha Touretski (SUI) 26.81
100m fly: Men - Chad Le Clos (RSA) 51.44; Women -€“ Felicia Lee (USA) 58.83
200m fly: Men - Chad Le Clos (RSA) 1:55.80; Women -€“ Zsuzsanna Jakabos (HUN) 2:08.47
200m IM: Men - Keita Sunama (JPN) 2:00.48; Women -€“ Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 2:10.22
400m IM: Men - David Verraszto (HUN) 4:16.17; Women -“ Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 4:36.39

The top-3 athletes with more points in Doha were:


1.    LARKIN Mitchell (AUS)  60 points
2.    VAN DER BURGH Cameron (RSA) 48 points
2.    LE CLOS Chad (RSA) 48 points


1.    HOSSZU Katinka (HUN)  87 points
2.    SEEBOHM Emily (AUS) 60 points
3.    COUGHLIN Natalie (USA) 33 points

Overall leaders of the SWC 2015 so far:


1.    VAN DER BURGH Cameron (RSA) 327 points
2.    LE CLOS Chad (RSA) 129 points
3.    VERRASZTO David (HUN) 123 points


1.    HOSSZU Katinka (HUN)  570 points
2.    SEEBOHM Emily (AUS)  381 points
3.    JAKABOS Zsuzsanna (HUN)  180 points

2015 FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup Calendar:

August 11-12 - Moscow (RUS)
August 15-16 - Paris-Chartres (FRA)
September 25-26 - Hong Kong (HKG)
September 29-30 - Beijing (CHN)
October 3-4 - Singapore (SIN)
October 28-29 - Tokyo (JPN)
November 2-3 - Doha (QAT)
November 6-7 - Dubai (UAE)