PR 103 – Record of WR in Doha 2014


Doha (QAT), December 7, 2014 - After registering a record of participation, with 950 swimmers coming from 172 nations, the 12th edition of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) taking place in Doha (QAT) from December 3-7, 2014 was also impressive in terms of performances: no less than 23 World Records were set in the Qatari capital, largely improving the previous maximum of 18 best global marks, established in Manchester (GBR), in 2008. From this list, 14 WR were in individual events while nine were improved in the relays.

Individually, and some days after being awarded the title of FINA Best Swimmers in 2014, Chad Le Clos (RSA) and Katinka Hosszu (HUN) took the spotlight at Doha's Hamad Aquatic Centre. At the conclusion of the five-day competition, the South African star and the Magyar champion received the Trophy for the Best Male and Female Swimmer of the competition.

Hosszu entered in the history of the event by earning eight individual medals, the highest number ever among women. The results of Hosszu in Doha included four wins accompanied by WR performances in the 100m and 200m back, 100m and 200m IM, silver medals in the 200m free, 200m fly and 400m IM, and one bronze in the 50m back.

The South African leaves Doha with four individual titles in the 200m free, 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly, with a WR in the 100m. Le Clos is also the first male swimmer ever to win the three butterfly events in a single edition of the championships.

Overall Brazil tops de medal chart with a total 10 awards, seven of them gold. Two athletes were in evidence in the South American delegation: Felipe Franca Silva, winner in the 50m and 100m breast, and also part of the victorious 4x50m medley, 4x100m medley and mixed 4x50m medley relays; and Cesar Cielo, also a five-time medallist for Brazil. The results of Hosszu largely contributed to the second position of Hungary in the medal distribution with six gold, three silver and two bronze. The top-five was completed by the Netherlands (5 gold, 1 silver and 6 bronze), South Africa (4 gold, 1 silver) and Spain (4 gold, all going to Mireia Belmonte).

The Team Trophy of the Championships was presented to the United States with their team finishing the competition with the highest number medals: 17 (2 gold, 9 silver and 6 bronze).