PR56 - Local stars shine in Rio de Janeiro’s first meet


Lausanne (SUI), September 13, 2010 – Brazilian swimmers were in evidence at the first meet of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2010, taking place in Rio de Janeiro from September 10-12. The local stars got 16 out of the 34 titles at stake, while swimmers from Japan and Sweden were also in great shape.

Among women, Brazil won five gold medals (Tatiana Barbosa, with two, and Joanna Maranhao, with three), but Sweden appeared as the most prolific nation, with six titles (three to Therese Alshammar, who was also the best female performer of the meet in the 100m butterfly, and three to her teammate Joline Hoestman, who won all the breaststroke events). Japan was also quite successful, with two victories for Sakiko Nakamura and three triumphs for Miyuki Takemura. The last gold in the women’s races went to Hinkelien Schreuder (NED) in the 100m individual medley.

In the men’s field, the Brazilian supremacy was impressive, with 11 victories – the hero of the meet was Thiago Pereira, with four gold medals – 200m free, and the three medley events. In the 200m IM, Pereira established the best performance of the competition, with 969 points (for a time of 1:52.72). The 1000-point value corresponds to the World Record in each event. Cesar Cielo triumphed in the 50m and 100m free, while his teammate Felipe Silva was the best in the 50m and 100m breaststroke. Guilherme Guido (100m back), Leonardo de Deus (200m fly) and Lucas Kanieski (BRA) were the remaining winners from the host country.

Two Japanese swimmers also got victories among men – Kenichi Doki in the 400m free and Kazuki Otsuka in the 200m breaststroke -, Steffen Deibler (GER) triumphed in the 50m and 100m butterfly, Randall Bal (USA) got the gold in the 50m backstroke and Arkady Vyatchanin (RUS) won the 200m backstroke.

Calendar of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2010:

Rio de Janeiro (BRA) September 10-12
Beijing (CHN) October 12-13
Singapore (SIN) October 16-17
Tokyo (JPN) October 20-21
Berlin (GER) October 30-31
Moscow (RUS) November 2-3
Stockholm (SWE) November 6-7

1st Meet – September 10-12, 2010 in Rio de Janeiro (BRA)


50m free Cesar Cielo (BRA) 21.16 Therese Alshammar (SWE) 24.46
100m free Cesar Cielo (BRA) 47.16 Tatiana Barbosa (BRA) 54.20
200m free Thiago Pereira (BRA) 1:45.28 Tatiana Barbosa (BRA) 1:58.08
400m free Kenichi Doki (JPN) 3:47.20 Sakiko Nakamura (JPN) 4:06.73
800m free (W) - Sakiko Nakamura (JPN) 8:27.53
1500m free (M) Lucas Kanieski (BRA) -
50m back Randall Bal (USA) 23:46 Miyuki Takemura (JPN) 27.12
100m back Guilherme Guido (BRA) 51.44 Miyuki Takemura (JPN) 58.01
200m back Arkady Vyatchanin (RUS) 1:51.92 Miyuki Takemura (JPN) 2:06.24
50m breast Felipe Silva (BRA) 25.56 Joline Hoestman (SWE) 31.38
100m breast Felipe Silva (BRA) 57.64 Joline Hoestman (SWE) 1:07.44
200m breast Kazuki Otsuka (JPN) 2:05.60 Joline Hoestman (SWE) 2:26.51
50m butterfly Steffen Deibler (GER) 22.49 Therese Alshammar (SWE) 23.35
100m butterfly Steffen Deibler (GER) 20.67 Therese Alshammar (SWE) 57:04
200m butterfly Leonardo de Deus (BRA) 1:53.78 Joanna Maranhao (BRA) 2:09.72
100m ind. medley Thiago Pereira (BRA) 52.35 Hinkelien Schreuder (NED) 1:00.65
200m ind. medley Thiago Pereira (BRA) 1:52.72 Joanna Maranhao (BRA) 2:12.56
400m ind. medley Thiago Pereira (BRA) 4:06.47 Joanna Maranhao (BRA) 4:40.20

Provisional leaders of the World Cup after the 1st meet:

Swimmer Country Points
1.Thiago Pereira BRA 25
2. Henrique Barbosa BRA 20
3. Steffen Deibler GER 16
Swimmer Country Points
1. Therese Alshammar SWE 25
2. Gabriella Silva BRA 20
3. Sakiko Nakamura JPN 16

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