PR 70 - Russia garners 14 gold medals at home meet


The sixth stage of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2010, held in Moscow (RUS) on November 2-3, generated little surprise with Thiago Pereira (BRA) and Julia Smit (USA) producing the top performances of the meet.

The Brazilian swimming great continues to lead the men’s ranking with 138 points, having collected 930 points with his victory in the 200m individual medley in 1:54.26. He is also the only triple winner of the meet, picking up gold in the 100m, 200m and 400m individual medley.

As for Julia Smit, she totalled 910 points with her victory in the 200m individual medley in 2:08.56. She won the 400m individual medley on the first day.

In five events – the women’s 200m freestyle, the women’s 50m and 100m breaststroke and the men’s 50m and 100m backstroke – the Russians dominated the operations, with all podium spots occupied by swimmers from this country. Yulia Efimova (RUS) won the 50m and 100m breaststroke while compatriot Daryna Zevina captured two gold medals in the 100m and 200m backstroke.

Also prevailing in the women’s field were Hinkelien Schreuder (NED), winner of the 50m freestyle and 100m individual medley, and Therese Alshammar (SWE), who triumphed in the 50m and 100m butterfly. The Swedish star continues to dominate the women’s classification with 112 points.

Among men, Roland Schoeman (RSA) swept the 50m freestyle and 50m breaststroke events. Stanislav Donets was the only Russian to win two events, the 50m and 100m backstroke, while Pal Joensen (FAR) touched first in the 400m and 1500m freestyle.

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