SWC 2015, Moscow Day 1: Tired after the Worlds but still champions

Swimming World Cup

The gold medallists of FINA World championships in Kazan stood their ground at the first leg of FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup in Moscow – this season in 50m-pool. The times were not as fast as just a few days ago and the competitors felt themselves more relaxed, but still motivated.

In the first final of the day, South African Chad Le Clos touched first in 100m free clocking 48.16. Nikita Lobintsev and Danila Izotov of Russia came second and third respectively (48.48 and 48.59).

On his trip from Kazan to Moscow, Le Clos said: “I had a very short break. I arrived to Moscow at 2am last night. The facilities are great here, it’s always a pleasure to come to ‘Olympiyskiy’. I have good support here. That’s why I feel really comfortable. Besides, it’s the best personal time for me in 100m free, so definitely I’m happy with my performance”.

On his results in Kazan, Le Clos added: “I’m a little bit disappointed obviously because the 200m butterfly outcome was a kind of shock for me but I’m happy I came back in the 100m. So that’s the main thing for me”.

Nikita Libintsev confessed he didn’t expect Chad to win that race: “The 100m free went smoothly and I didn’t get too much tired. After all, the time is not bad even though I wanted to swim a little bit faster. It seems like it is nothing more than exhaustion after the Worlds. I wanted to win, but I completely forgot about Chad who was swimming on the last lane and I thought Danila Izotov was my main rival”.

Chad Le Clos (RSA) - Photo credit: Andrey Golovanov

Le Clos teammate, Cameron van der Burgh claimed the gold medal in the men's 50m breaststroke in 26.96, well ahead of Peter John Stevens from Slovenia (27.46) and Brendan Mchugh from USA (27.71).

The “Iron Lady” Katinka Hosszu (HUN) had seven finals in the evening session and won two of them: 200m freestyle (1:56.83) and the 200m IM, far from her world record set in Kazan (2:10.68 against 2:06.12).

Speaking about her performances, Hosszu said: “I had my 400m IM race at the last day of the World Championship. I was able to win. I was very happy about that. Then we had a press conference. So I didn’t have time to warm down after. We only had one day. Actually one travel day. Of course, it’s a bit hard to get back in competition. I was trying my hardest. I came fourth in the 50m back. And it’s always frustrating. I hope I’ll do better tomorrow. Definitely everyone was prepared for Kazan. The atmosphere and the organisation were great. Coming here, we are trying to have fun racing each other”.

Katinka Hosszu (HUN) - Photo credit: Andrey Golovanov

The only Russian on top of the podium was Daria Ustinova in the 200m backstroke. She touched first in 2:08.21. Emily Seebohm (AUS) took the silver medal (2:09.61), and Darina Zevina captured the bronze (2:11.78). Ustinova considered that the race wasn’t a special one as she managed to beat Seebohm or Hosszu, who touched home sixth. “These girls were the winners in Kazan. And now they are more relaxed. It’s hard to focus on the competition right after the World Championship. But I tried my best. Competing in Kazan was a good experience for me. I could take a grip on myself. That was very important for me, especially before the Olympics”.