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SWC 2015, Singapore, Day 2: Iron Lady wraps up the FINA Swimming World Cup with a bang

Swimming World Cup

Katinka Hosszu (HUN) gave a stellar performance on Day 2 of the Singapore leg of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2015 presented by Yakult. Nicknamed the "Iron Lady" by fans across the world, Hosszu proved why she is a force to be reckoned with at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.

The 26-year-old clinched medals for all five events that she competed in, allowing her to rack up 237 points and remain the overall leader. Hosszu claimed gold in both the women’s 400m Freestyle in 4:12.00 as well as the women’s 400m Individual Medley in 7:37.30.

I am really happy with the 400m, especially the Individual Medley. I am fortunate that I did it in really good time. It has definitely given me a lot of confidence,” she said ecstatically.

“When you do many events, you know that some of them won’t be your best. I like to show myself that sometimes, I do fail. I feel that I can learn a lot from that and it can give me more confidence to do better.”

Hosszu finished second for the women’s 100m Backstroke and third for the women’s 100m Freestyle and 200m Butterfly events.

Another swimmer that shone at the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2015 was Cameron Van der Burgh (RSA). The South African swimmer nabbed the gold medal in the men’s 100m Breaststroke, beating Singapore based American swimmer, Kevin Cordes. Van der Burgh won his ninth FINA/airweave World Cup medal in the 2015 circuit to remain the overall leader with 402 points, 141 points ahead of second placed, Emily Seebohm.

Cameron Van Der Burgh (RSA) ©Singapore Swimming Federation

 “Kevin is a tough competitor, I respect him a lot and he definitely pushed me. I am very happy with the time and I think it is a good base for going into the Olympics,” beamed Van der Burgh after his victory.

The 27-year-old is certain he needs to better his timing in order to qualify for the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympic Games and hopes to train harder.

The Australian team also had a good outing, winning 4 gold medals, which included Cate Campbell’s and Emily Seebohm’s gold medal win in the Women’s 100m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke respectively.

Cate, who came back from an injury she suffered in May this year was especially pleased with her victory.

Japan and Hungary both won 3 gold medals respectively. Katsumi Nakamura, Shirai Yuki and Masato Sakai won gold in the 50m Freestyle, 200m Backstroke and 100m Butterfly while Hosszu and Zsuzsanna Jakabos won the gold medals for Hungary.

Due to the haze caused by the raging fires in Indonesia, the Finals of Day 1 was cancelled. FINA and the local organising committee made the decision to cancel the event as the health and safety of all athletes, guests, officials, spectators and volunteers remain the top priority. Only points from Day 2 of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup Singapore 2015 were recorded.