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SWC 2014: Locals ready to shine in Beijing

Swimming World Cup

Sun Yang2012 Olympic champions Sun Yang and Ye Shiwen of China will compete in their third big event within one month, while Chad Le Clos of South Africa and Katinka Hosszu of Hungary will attempt to extend their lead at the FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup, the fifth leg of which kicks off today Friday 24 in Beijing, China. The two-day meet will attract over 300 swimmers from 32 countries and regions.
"It is my first Beijing World Cup meet, I feel excited," said Sun, who will meet Germany's 400m freestyle world record holder Paul Biedermann in the 25-m pool showdown.

"I am not in my best shape but I will do my best at home in Beijing," Sun added.

Most Chinese swimmers have competed in the Incheon Asian Games in late September and National Championships in Huangshan in the Anhui province in mid-October.

"I got a cold since I was in Huangshan for more than 10 days. I lost some weight due to my sickness and tiredness recently. However, I will compete in my favorite event, the 100m individual medley, here in Beijing. It will be fun," said Ye Shiwen.

"I look forward to compete with Katinka [Hosszu] again since we have not met this year yet," added Ye Shiwen.

Ye Shiwen of China - photo credit: Giorgio Scala/Deepbluemedia

Katinka Hosszu, reigning world champion and two-time World Cup winner, revealed she will swim 14 individual events. "Except the three breaststroke events, I will compete in all events," Hosszu said with a smile. "Compared with training, I like competition better because it is easier and more relaxed than training."

Chinese rising star Ning Zetao, who broke the Asian record in the men's 100m freestyle at the Asian Games and again at the Nationals, will face Chad Le Clos in the men's 50m freestyle.

"I am honored to compete with world-level swimmers, like Le Clos. I will try my best," said Ning who claimed four titles at the Asian Games.

Current leader Le Clos, who arrived in Beijing early in the morning, said: "I feel tired after a long-time travel. It's 3 a.m. in South Africa. However, it is always a pleasure to compete in Beijing. I will try to extend my lead overall," Le Clos added.

Chad Le Clos of South Africa - photo credit: Giorgio Scala/Deepbluemedia