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SWC 2015, Paris-Chartres, Day 2: Katinka Hosszu and Cameron Van der Burgh are first cluster winners

Swimming World Cup

In a very prolific field for Day 2 at Paris-Chartres, Katinka Hosszu (HUN) and Cameron Van der Burgh (RSA) were sacred the two first cluster winners.

Between Moscow and Chartres, Hosszu has totalised 8 gold medals. She has won the 100m and 200m free, the 200m and 400m IM of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup first leg and all same four events in Chartres for the second rendezvous.

Van der Burgh, who had to leave before the end of the competition to go home, took the lead of the provisional rankings with 96 points.

One more time the South-African proved the strongest in the 100m breast as he was aiming for a double in Chartes, a feat he already achieved in Moscow last week. Nicolas Fink (USA), who won 200m Breaststroke on Day 1, placed second in front of Cody Miller (USA).

Other athletes to stand out on this second day of competition in Paris-Chartres were:

Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA), who didn’t disappoint by topping his speciality, the 1500m freestyle (fifth time in his career) just like he did in Moscow last week at the first leg of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2015. The second fastest man was Jan Micka (CZE). Micka himself won 400m Freestyle yesterday.

The legend Chad Le Clos (RSA), as he topped the 200m backstroke tonight in 1:57.81. Le Clos took the lead of the second leg's rankings with 60 points. Last week’s winner in Moscow, Ashley Delaney (AUS), ended up third (1:59.24) behind Japan’s Keita Sunama (1:58.57). Champion Le Clos had previously in the evening won the 100m butterfly, facing a strong Tom Shields (USA), second in this event in 51.27. Another North-American, Timothy Philips ended up third.



Chad Le Clos (RSA) ©KMSP/S.KEMPINAIRE

After winning the 100m backstroke yesterday and claiming the double of 50m and 100m backstroke in Moscow last week, a very consistent Camille Lacourt (FRA) remained the unbeaten man in Chartres. Pavel Sankovich (BLR) took silver and Wen Zheng Quah (SIN) bronze.



Camille Lacourt (FRA) ©KMSP/S.KEMPINAIRE


Tommaso D'Orsogna (AUS) and Nosy Pelagie (FRA) shared the third step of the 50m freestyle event (both 22.44). However Josh Schneider (USA), Moscow’s winner, repeated his effort and triumphed while Clément Mignon placed second in 22.40.

Only four swimmers faced each other in the 200m medley final in Chartres but Hiromasa Fujimori of Japan emerged victorious in 1:59:39 giving his country its 15th gold medal in this event in this century. France and Hungary were other nations with a medal, respectively silver and bronze.

Among the women’s competition, Germany’s Franziska Hentke won the juicy 200m butterfly in 2:06:58, beating Cammile Adams (USA) who touched home in 2:06:73. It was her second gold medal in this event, after Singapore in 2013. Madeline Groves (AUS) won the first two 100ms Butterfly in this year’s World Cup.

Lindsay Vrooman (USA) was the fasted in the 400m freestyle as she surpassed Lauren Boyle (NZL) in the last stretch to leave her second although she had been the strongest yesterday. Katinka Hosszu managed to secure bronze.

In Moscow last week, Vitalina Simonova (RUS) took her first gold medal in the 200m breast and she repeated this victory on Day 2 in Chartres in 2:25:26. Interesting fact is that before today, all of her six 200m breaststroke participations have been in Moscow. Therefore this is her fist win out of home soil.

In the 100m backstroke, probably the strongest event in terms of competitors today, Emily Seebohm (AUS) led in 58.91. Seebohm also took the gold recently at the FINA World Championships in Kazan. Katinka Hosszú (HUN) and Missy Franklin (USA), two fierce competitors were on the second and third steps of the podium.



Katinka Hosszu (HUN) ©KMSP/S.KEMPINAIRE


And finally, just like yesterday in the 100m breaststroke, the big battle in this final was between Alia Atkinson (JAM) and Katie Meili (USA). Atkinson triumphed this time in 30.85 and Meili was just behind in 30.95. The Jamaican athlete has won nine of her last ten 50m breaststroke races, with the Tokyo meet in 2014 as the only exception. Back then, Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) proved too strong.

Conlusion

South Africa collected a total of six gold medals, three on day 1 and three on day 2. That is one more than Hungary (5) and France (5) and two more than United States (4). United States have the most total medals with 24 (G4-S13-B7), followed by France with 17 (G5-S4-B8).

This report concludes the first cluster of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2015. The third meet will take place in Hong Kong on September 25-26, 2015.

QUOTES

Camille Lacourt (FRA): “I stayed focused during my race and I did a good time. I am delighted that I won. With last night’s victory in the 100m back, it has been a perfect weekend and now I am on holiday which feels great! I wanted to win to thank the public who came all the way to cheer us up.

Béryl Gastaldello (FRA): “It was a pleasure to finish the season on a high note like this. I am very satisfied with my sporting year. I progressed a lot even if it took me a while to understand how much I have improved after the French Championships in Limoges. I have great hopes for the future. We have a really good French team and we pull each other up- a good team spirit.