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PR 91 - SWC 2016: Hosszu (HUN) and Morozov (RUS), the best in 2016

Katinka Hosszu (HUN) and Vladimir Morozov (RUS) were the winners of the 2016 edition of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup, whose ninth and final leg took place in Hong Kong (HKG) on October 29-30. For the Hungarian great this is the fifth consecutive victory in the series since 2012, while this success is a première for the Russian star. Hosszu concluded the series with a total of 1197 points, while Morozov led the overall rankings with 640 points. Both winners of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup will pocket US$ 100,000.

In the women's field, the main duel was for the second place, with Alia Atkinson, from Jamaica, getting the US$ 50,000 prize with a total of 480 points. The Caribbean star had been also second in 2013 and third in 2014. The third place (US$ 30,000) went to Denmark's Jeanette Ottesen, who accumulated 441 points.

In the men's classification, Chad Le Clos (RSA) was the second best of the season, concluding the series with 516 points. The South African champion was first in 2011, 2013 and 2014, and also runner-up in 2015. Daiya Seto (JPN) was third in 2016 with 330 points.

Four World Records were established during this year's edition of the competition: Morozov improved twice the global mark in the men's 100m IM (50.60, and then 50.30), while Atkinson set a new WR in the women's 50m breast (28.64) and equalled the 100m breast standard (1:02.36). Moreover, three other World Cup records were set.

In the ninth and last leg in Hong Kong, the Magyar champion was once more the most prolific winner, with 10 gold medals out of the 17 individual events at stake. Hosszu was the fastest in the 200m, 400m and 800m free, 50m, 100m and 200m back, 200m fly, and 100m, 200m and 400m IM. The remaining titles were distributed by Ottesen (50m and 100m free, and 50m fly), Atkinson (50m and 100m breast), Yulia Efimova (RUS, 200m breast), and Kelsi Worrell (USA, 100m fly).

Among men, Le Clos was the only swimmer with three victories, after his successes in the 50m, 100m and 200m fly. Four other swimmers managed to earn two gold medals in the last leg of the circuit: Morozov (50m free and 100m IM), Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR, 400m and 1500m free), Felipe Lima (BRA, 50m and 100m breast), and Daiya Seto (200m and 400m IM). Shinri Shioura (JPN, 100m free), Pieter Timmers (BEL, 200m free), Pavel Sankovich (BLR, 50m back), Stanislav Donets (RUS, 100m back), Mitch Larkin (AUS, 200m back) and Marco Koch (GER, 200, breast) completed the winners' list in the Asian event.

The FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup is now completed after nine legs divided into three Clusters in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The complete calendar included stops in Paris-Chartres (FRA), Berlin (GER), Moscow (RUS), Beijing (CHN), Dubai (UAE), Doha (QAT), Singapore (SIN), Tokyo (JPN) and Hong Kong (HKG).

Winners in Hong Kong (HKG):

50m free: Men – Vladimir Morozov (RUS), 21.16; Women – Jeanette Ottesen (DEN), 23.95
100m free: Men – Shinri Shioura (JPN), 47.15; Women – Jeanette Ottesen (DEN), 52.46
200m free: Men – Pieter Timmers (BEL), 1:44.57; Women – Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 1:53.98
400m free: Men – Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR), 3:40.18; Women – Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 4:05.31
800m free: Women – Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 8:21.09
1500m free: Men – Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR), 14:18.53
50m back: Men – Pavel Sankovich (BLR), 23.02; Women – Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 26.40
100m back: Men – Stanislav Donets (RUS), 50.46; Women – Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 56.30
200m back: Men – Mitch Larkin (AUS), 1:50.33; Women – Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2:02.28
50m breast: Men – Felipe Lima (BRA), 26.32; Women – Alia Atkinson (JAM), 29.20
100m breast: Men – Felipe Lima (BRA), 57.32; Women – Alia Atkinson (JAM), 1:02.68
200m breast: Men – Marco Koch (GER), 2:02.31; Women – Yulia Efimova (RUS), 2:16.49
50m fly: Men - Chad Le Clos (RSA), 22.31; Women - Jeanette Ottesen (DEN), 25.65
100m fly: Men – Chad Le Clos (RSA), 49.52; Women – Kelsi Worrell (USA), 55.49
200m fly: Men – Chad Le Clos (RSA), 1:49.95; Women – Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2:06.09
100m IM: Men - Vladimir Morozov (RUS), 50.33; Women - Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 58.21
200m IM: Men – Daiya Seto (JPN), 1:53.09; Women – Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2:05.39
400m IM: Men – Daiya Seto (JPN), 4:04.11; Women – Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 4:28.50

Mixed relay 4x50m medley: Russia, 1:39.82
Mixed relay 4x50m free: Russia, 1:32.61

Cluster 3 ranking after Hong Kong meet:


1. Vladimir Morozov (RUS), 204 points
2. Daiya Seto (JPN), 159
3. Chad Le Clos (RSA), 129
4. Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR), 102
5. Marco Koch (GER), 87
6. Mitch Larkin (AUS), 78


1. Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 414 points
2. Alia Atkinson (JAM), 191
3. Yulia Efimova (RUS), 150
4. Emily Seebohm (AUS), 132
5. Jeanette Ottesen (DEN), 132
6. Zsuzsanna Jakabos (HUN), 75



1. Vladimir Morozov (RUS), 640 points - US$ 100,000
2. Chad Le Clos (RSA), 516 points - US$ 50,000
3. Daiya Seto (JPN), 330 points - US$ 30,000


1. Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 1197 points - US$ 100,000
2. Alia Atkinson (JAM), 480 points - US$ 50,000
3. Jeanette Ottesen (DEN), 441 points - US$ 30,000