PR 86 - SWC 2015: Chinese swimmers dominate at home

Press Release

Lausanne (SUI), September 30, 2015 - Chinese swimmers excelled in the famous National Aquatic Centre, Water Cube, in Beijing on the occasion of the fourth leg of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2015 which concluded in the Chinese capital today. In particular, Li Zhuhao, 16, established a World Junior Record in the men's 50m butterfly on Day 1 as Chinese swimmers snatched 27 medals (8 gold, 9 silver, 10 bronze) over the two-day competition.

Wang Guoyue (CHN) won the 800m in 8:37.38 in front of favourite Katinka Hosszu (HUN) while Shen Duo touched home first in the 200m free (1:56.47). Guo Junjun was the fastest in the 400m free. The men's 50m back, 200m breast and 50m fly were also topped by Chinese athletes. Australia, Hungary, Jamaica, Japan and South Africa were other nations taking golds in Beijing.

In the women’s field, non-Chinese competitors were very consistent as several of them claimed double wins in the Water Cube: Cate Campell (AUS) topped the 50m and 100m free while her compatriot Emily Seebohm also took two golds, in the 100m and 200m backJamaican star Alia Atkinson claimed gold in the 50m (30.65) and 100m (1:07.39) breast and Jeanette Ottesen (DEN) won the 50m and 100m fly. Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu triumphed in the 200m and 400m medley.

Among the men, Japan did very well as Nakamura, Sakai and Shirai respectively took the gold medal in the 50/100m, 1500m, 100/200m butterfly and 200m back. First cluster leader Cameron Van Der Burgh (RSA) ended up first in the 50/100m breast and Hungarian David Verraszto topped the 200/400m medley as expected.

Detailed results can be found here 

The fifth meet of the 2015 FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup will next head to Singapore (SIN) on October 3-4, concluding the second cluster.

Winners in Beijing (CHN):

50m free: Men – Katsumi Nakamura (JPN) 22.27; Women – Cate Campbell (AUS) 24.30
100m free: Men – Katsumi Nakamura (JPN) 48.60 ; Women – Cate Campbell (AUS) 52.96
200m free: Men – Dan Smith (AUS) 1:46.70; Women – Shen Duo (CHN) 1:56.47
400m free: Men –  Dan Smith (AUS) 3:51.45; Women – Guo Junjun (CHN) 4:08.46
800m free: Women – Wang Guoyue (CHN) 8:37.38
1500m free: Men – Masato Sakai (JPN) 15:29.46
50m back: Men – Xu Jiayu (CHN) 24.65; Women – Fu Yuanhui (CHN) 27.55
100m back: Men – Ash Delaney (AUS) 54.36; Women – Emily Seebohm (AUS) 58.59
200m back: Men – Yuki Shirai (JPN) 1:57.98; Women – Emily Seebohm (AUS) 2:09.22
50m breast: Men – Cameron Van der Burgh (RSA) 27.03; Women – Alia Atkinson (JAM) 30.65
100m breast: Men – Cameron Van Der Burgh (RSA) 59.76; Women – Alia Atkinson (JAM) 1:07.39
200m breast: Men – Feilian Mao (CHN) 2:10.95; Women – Zhang Xinyu (CHN) 2:27.17
50m fly: Men - Li Zhuhao (CHN) 29.39; Women - Jeanette Ottesen (DEN) 25.81
100m fly: Men– Masato Sakai (JPN) 53.52; Women – Jeanette Ottesen (DEN) 57.97
200m fly: Men – Masato Sakai (JPN) 1:57.44; Women – Zsuzanna Jakabos (HUN) 2:09.90
200m IM: Men – David Verraszto )HUN) 2:01.72; Women – Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 2:10.44
400m IM: Men – David Verraszto (HUN) 4:16.36; Women – Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 4:39.49

The best 3 performers in Beijing were:

Men
1. Cameron Van der Burgh (RSA), 50m breast, 27.03, 960 points
2. Jiayu Xu (CHN), 50m back, 24.65, 927 points
3. Feilian Mao (CHN), 200m breast, 2:10.95, 912 points
 
Women
1. Emily Seebohm (AUS), 100m back, 58.59, 976 points
2. Cate Campbell (AUS), 100m free, 52.96, 950 points
3. Bronte Campbell (AUS), 100m free, 52.98, 949 points

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