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PR 74 - SWC 2014: Hungary’s Hosszu and Gyurta set WRs in Dubai

Lausanne (SUI), September 1, 2014 – Hungary took the spotlight at the second leg of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup 2014 at Dubai’s Hamdan Sports complex (UAE) with Katinka Hosszu and Daniel Gyurta setting new World records.

Ever-impressive Hosszu cleared the previous world mark in the women’s 200m IM, posting a 2:02.13 (1026 points). On day 2 in the heats, she smashed the World record in the women's 100m IM in 56.86, becoming the first woman to go under 57 seconds. In Dubai, Hosszu bagged eight gold and one bronze medal, the biggest tally ever registered at a single World Cup meet.

Olympic and world champion Daniel Gyurta (HUN) established a new world mark in the men’s 200m breaststroke, clocking 2:00.48 (1004 points) to beat German Marco Koch by a small margin (2:01.28). Gyurta also triumphed in the men’s 100m breaststroke, posting a swift 57.11 to edge Fabio Scozzoli (ITA, 57.40) and Marco Koch (GER, 57.42).

Alia Atkinson (JAM) took out the women’s 50m and 100m breaststroke events in respective times of 29.12 and 1:03.26 while U.S. Breeja Larson swept the gold in the women’s 200m breaststroke in 2:20.02.

The men’s 200m freestyle featured a close finish between Commonwealth and Pan Pacific champion Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS) and European champion Velimir Stjepanovic (SRB) with the Australian touching first in 1:42.54. Fraser-Holmes also dominated the men’s 400m IM (3:58.68) and 400m freestyle (4:38.22) on Day 1, setting a new meet and continental record in the 400m IM.

Also shining in Dubai was South African Chad Le Clos, clinching four titles: 100m freestyle (46.24), 50m butterfly (22.02), 100m butterfly (48.59) and 200m IM (1:51.56).

Dutch Inge Dekker also claimed four gold in Dubai, sweeping the 50m freestyle (23.95), 100m freestyle (52.01), 50m butterfly (24.59) and 100m butterfly (56.03).

The FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup 2014 will resume in Hong Kong (HKG, September 29-30), then will head to Moscow (RUS, October 4-5), Beijing (CHN, October 24-25), Tokyo (JPN, October 28-29), and Singapore (SIN, November 1-2).