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PR 72 - SWC 2014: Hosszu (HUN) shines in opening leg in Doha (QAT)

Lausanne (SUI), AUgust 28, 2014 - The first leg of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup 2014, held in Doha (QAT) on August 27-28, was highlighted by the outstanding performances of Katinka Hosszu (HUN), the winner of the 2012 and 2013 editions of this competition. At the Hamad Aquatic Centre, the Magyar star established three new World Records and collected 10 medals (including seven gold).

Hosszu improved the global best mark on the 100m (57.25), 200m (2:02.61) and 400m individual medley (4:20.83), bettering her own times from the 2013 edition of the World Cup. Her 57.25 effort in the 100m IM was also the best performance of the meet, worth 1025 points in the FINA Points Table. Her remaining victories were in the 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, and in the 200m free (event in which she beat twice the World Cup record).

Still among women, other athletes in evidence were Inge Dekker (NED, four wins), Mireia Belmonte (ESP, three gold medals) and Alia Atkinson (JAM, two victories).

In the men’s field, Chad Le Clos (RSA), winner of the 2013 series, was the athlete to beat, with three triumphs in Doha, namely in the 100m free, 50m and 100m butterfly. Author of the second best performance of the two-day competition, Le Clos is the provisional leader of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup ranking.

Thomas Fraser-Holmes, from Australia, had also a very solid meet, earning gold on four occasions: 200m and 400m free, and 200m and 400m IM. Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta was the best performer among men with his World Cup record in the 200m breaststroke, in a time of 2:01.06.

The FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup 2014 will now conclude its first cluster in Dubai (UAE) on August 31-September 1, and then travel to Hong Kong (HKG, September 29-30), Moscow (RUS, October 4-5), Beijing (CHN, October 24-25), Tokyo (JPN, October 28-29), and Singapore (SIN, November 1-2).