PR 82 - SWC 2014: Ten gold medals for Hosszu (HUN) in Hong Kong


Lausanne (SUI), September 30, 2014 - Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu was once more the athlete to beat in the third leg of the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup, organised in Hong Kong (HKG) on September 29-30, 2014. Out of the 17 individual events, the Magyar athlete got 10 gold medals, an unprecedented achievement in a single meet of this competition. Among men, things were more balanced, with four victories each for Chad Le Clos (RSA) and Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS).

Hosszu’s golden collection in Hong Kong included wins in the 200m, 400m and 800m free, 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, 200m butterfly, 100m, 200m and 400m individual medley. The Hungarian star, winner of the series in 2012 and 2013, was also silver medallist in the 50m free and 50m butterfly. Moreover, her triumph in the 100m backstroke in a time of 55.34 was the most valuable performance in the women’s field (994 points).

In the remaining events, Inge Dekker (NED) was the best in the 50m and 100m free, and in the 50m and 100m butterfly, while Alia Atkinson, from Jamaica, made the double in the 50m and 100m breaststroke. Rie Kaneto (JPN) touched first in the 200m breaststroke, completing the list of female winners in Hong Kong.

In the men’s action, the leader of the overall series, South Africa’s Chad Le Clos shone in the 50m and 100m free, and also in the 50m and 100m butterfly (in this race, his 48.56 winning effort was the best of the meet, worth 995 points). Fraser-Holmes was the fastest in the 200m and 400m free, and in the 200m and 400m individual medley. Thomas Shields (USA, 3 wins), Gergely Gyurta (HUN, 1), Ashley Delaney (AUS, 2), Marco Koch (GER, 2) and Daniel Gyurta (HUN, 1) were the remaining male athletes in the highest march of the podium in Hong Kong.

The FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup 2014 will now head to Moscow (RUS, October 4-5), Beijing (CHN, October 24-25), Tokyo (JPN, October 28-29), and Singapore (SIN, November 1-2).

Winners in Hong Kong (HKG):

50m free: Men – Chad Le Clos (RSA), 21.17; Women – Inge Dekker (NED), 24.02
100m free: Men – Chad Le Clos (RSA), 46.35; Women – Inge Dekker (NED), 52.83
200m free: Men – Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS), 1:43.59; Women – Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 1:51.44
400m free: Men – Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS), 3:41.01; Women – Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 4:01.02
800m free: Women – Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 8:09.36
1500m free: Men – Gergely Gyurta (HUN), 14:38.72
50m back: Men – Ashley Delaney (AUS), 23.73; Women – Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 26.24
100m back: Men – Ashley Delaney (AUS), 51.48; Women – Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 55.34
200m back: Men – Thomas Shields (USA), 1:51.88; Women – Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2:03.01
50m breast: Men – Marco Koch (GER), 26.69; Women – Alia Atkinson (JAM), 29.35
100m breast: Men – Daniel Gyurta (HUN), 57.35; Women – Alia Atkinson (JAM), 1:03.23
200m breast: Men – Marco Koch (GER), 2:02.50; Women – Rie Kaneto (JPN), 2:19.55
50m fly: Men – Chad Le Clos (RSA), 22.35; Women – Inge Dekker (NED), 25.24
100m fly: Men – Chad Le Clos (RSA), 48.56; Women – Inge Dekker (NED), 56.03
200m fly: Men – Thomas Shields (USA), 1:50.56; Women – Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2:05.12
100m IM: Men – Thomas Shields (USA), 52.51; Women – Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 58.12
200m IM: Men – Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS), 1:53.58; Women – Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 2:03.60
400m IM: Men – Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS), 4:03.02; Women – Katinka Hosszu (HUN), 4:26.42
4x50m free mixed: Hong Kong,
4x50m medley mixed: Hong Kong, 1:43.28

Top-3 in Hong Kong:


1. Thomas Shields (USA) – 81 pts
2. Chad Le Clos (RSA) – 72 pts
3. Marco Koch (GER) – 51 pts

1. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 162 pts
2. Alia Atkinson (JAM) – 72 pts
3. Inge Dekker (NED) – 60 pts

OVERALL top-3 after leg 3 (out of 7):


1. Chad Le Clos (RSA) – 192 pts
2. Thomas Shields (USA) – 168 pts
3. Daniel Gyurta (HUN) – 143 pts

1. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 517 pts
2. Inge Dekker (NED) – 186 pts
3. Alia Atkinson (JAM) – 159 pts