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SWC 2015, Moscow Day 2: Hosszu (HUN) showed her best in collecting medals, Seebohm (AUS) – in earning FINA points

Swimming World Cup

At the second day of the first leg of FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup, held in Moscow, the Hungarian Katinka Hosszu delivered the best performance with four more medals in four races, including two gold.

Hosszu emerged victorious in 100 m free, clocking 54,10. Natalia Lovtsova and Veronika Popova of Russia completed the podium (54,62 and 54,73 respectively). The “Iron lady” prevailed again in 400 m IM, touching in 4.36,25 with a huge advantage over Nguyen Thi Ahn Vien from Vietnam (4.40,79) and Lara Grangeon from France (4.41,54). Katinka didn’t manage to obtain another gold in 100m backstroke. She was 0,58 seconds slower than Australian Emily Seebohm (58,88). Actually, it was Seebohm who showed the best female result of the meet with 961 FINA points. In 400 freestyle Hosszu came third (4.08,28). Shao Yiwen claimed gold (4.07,30). Diletta Carly from Italy touched second (4.08,12).

On her “marathon” swimming in the pool, Katinka Hosszu said: “It’s hard to get up with many events in one day. It’s very difficult to get back after each race and I am always trying my hardest. Anyhow, as for me, it’s just a chance to get better each time, to make improvements. It’s mental and physical training for me to be able to win in each race”.

“I took part in a real marathon – 10 km race in open water – once a year ago in Hungary, - Hosszu added. - It was definitely interesting. But it was just for fun. I wanted to try how it is. It was different. Now I can say that I do like my own lane in the pool, I like to see the bottom of the pool and to be in control.”

Bronze medalist in 100 m free Veronika Popova (RUS) told that she misses the fantastic Kazan fans: “It's a pity but it feels lazy to perform here right after the World Championships. I want to have some rest as we've just got over with this season. Probably, I could make it better, but I couldn't force myself. It would be easier to get motivated if I was cheered up just like in Kazan. I really feel lack of support from the spectators”.

Chad Le Clos (RSA) had his personal and true fan in Moscow – his father, who was unforgettable, cheering up his son in Kazan. Le Clos took silver without regret losing to his friend Tom Shields 0,09 seconds (51,45 and 51,36 respectively). Meanwhile his teammate Cameron Van Der Burgh succeeded in 100m breaststroke (59,27) and made the best performance among man (959 FINA points). Americans Nic Fink and Cody Miller came second and third (59,52 and 1.00,07).

Cameron Van Der Burgh (RSA), the best swimmer of the overall ranking of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2015
after the first leg - 
Photo credit: Andrey Golovanov

Camille Lacourt (FRA) also comfortably won his second gold. He came first in 50 m backstroke (24,67), well ahead of Zheng Wen Quah from Singapore (25,13) and Russia’s Grigoriy Tarasevich (25,14).

Russia’s Danila Izotov picked up gold in the 200 m free (1.46,93) over South African Myles Brown (1.47,80) and teammate Nikita Lobintsev (1.47,83).

Post the victory ceremony Izotov said: “200 m free is my best distance. I was not thinking about the first place or about my best time. I just tried to enjoy the competition. And I’m satisfied with the result. So I can say that I finished my Moscow meet and this summer season in general on a good note.”

L-R:  Dar'Ya Stepanyuk (UKR), Jeanette Ottesen (DEN) and Natalia Lovtcova (RUS) - Photo credit: Andrey Golovanov

Vitalina Simonova offered Russia the third gold of the meet. She concluded the competition in fine style with a clear victory in 200 m breaststroke (2.22,94), beating Tessa Wallace from Australia  (2.23,97) and Mariia Astashkina from team Russia (2.26,06).

On her result, Simonova said: “I managed to recover from the World Championships and I am content with the results: 22,9 is very close to my qualification results. The fact that I can make it right after the Worlds shows stability. I didn’t feel uncomfortable after the World Championships and I was ready to go here to the World Cup meeting in Moscow. Of course, I wanted to improve my results, but I’m glad with it all in all”.