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PR 90 - SWC 2013: Uncontested dominators Hosszu (HUN) and Le Clos (RSA) finish on top

Lausanne (SUI), November 14, 2013 – Katinka Hosszu (HUN) and Chad Le Clos (RSA) finished in style at the closing leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup 2013, held at Beijing’s iconic Water Cube from November 13-14, both obtaining their second World Cup crown. A total USD$ 2,218,000 in prize money has been distributed in this year’s edition.

Hosszu garnered an impressive 55 medals (32 gold, 12 silver and 11 bronze) while Le Clos’ tally included 24 gold, 8 silver and 3 bronze for a total 35.

Hosszu and Le Clos were also the best performers in the entire Series: Hosszu’s win in the 200m IM in a World record time of 2:03.20 scored 1034 points in Eindhoven while Le Clos received 1015 points after breaking his own World record in the 200m butterfly, clocking 1:48.56 in Singapore.

The 2013 edition of the World Cup featured record-breaking performances with no less than 23 World records (10 relay and 13 individual), and 33 World Cup records. In all, 83 men and 76 women from 30 nations medalled in this year’s Series.

Moreover, four swimmers produced outstanding performances, remaining unchallenged in their event throughout the eight legs of the Series: Chad Le Clos (RSA) in the men’s 200m butterfly; Roland Schoeman (RSA) in the men’s 50m breaststroke; Katinka Hosszu (HUN) in the women’s 200m IM; and Daryna Zevina (UKR) in the women’s 200m backstroke.

The last stop in Beijing also celebrated the 200th World Cup meet since the launch of the competition in 1989. Those shining at the Water Cube were American Eugene Godsoe sweeping the men’s backstroke events; Australia’s Thomas Fraser-Holmes taking out the men’s 400m IM, 200m and 400m freestyle; and Daniel Gyurta of Hungary touching first in the men’s 100m and 200m breaststroke.

Among women, Spain’s Mireia Belmonte bagged three gold (800m freestyle, 400m IM and 200m butterfly) and one bronze (400m freestyle); Alia Atkinson from Jamaica was victorious in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, also picking up silver in the 100m IM; Australian Alicia Coutts walked away with two gold (100m IM and 100m butterfly) and one silver (200m IM).

The top scorer in Beijing among men was Russian Vladimir Morozov with a swift 50.97 in the 100m IM (984 points) while Hosszu’s performance in the 200m IM (2:05.07) earned 988 points.