SWC Berlin Day 2: Fantastic night for Katinka Hosszu

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What a debut final of Monday’s evening session of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2017 in Berlin: Katinka Hosszu was rocking the pool from the very beginning, swimming a new World Record in the Women’s 100m Individual Medley. The Hungarian, who had shown an excellent shape already during the heats in the morning session, finished in 56.51 seconds, improving her own World Record set up in 2015 (56.67 seconds). Sarah Sjoestrom (SWE) finished as runner-up in 57.30 seconds, in front of Alia Atkinson (JAM) in 58.12 seconds.

Second World Record of the day was beaten by Ranomi Kromowidjojo in the Women’s 50m Freestyle event, when the Dutch finished in 22.93 seconds, swimming 0.17 faster than Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) at the World Cup 2017 in Moscow just a couple of days ago. The Swedish finished second in Berlin in 23.00 seconds, even improving her “old” World Record (23.10 seconds). Cate Campbell (AUS) finished third in 23.62 seconds.

Also the men showed some thrilling finals, proven by the 200m Butterfly event. Chad Le Clos (RSA) clinched victory in 1:49.08 minutes, just the blink of an eye in front of Tom Shields (USA, 1:49.26 minutes) and Masayuki Umemoto (JPN, 1:52.80 minutes).

Back in the pool, Katinka Hosszu (HUN), finished also the Women’s 200m Backstroke ahead of her contrahents in 2:00.37 minutes. Emily Seebohm (AUS) touched second after 2:00.65 minutes, local hero Nadine Laemmler (GER) after 2:05.41 minutes.

Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) finished close to his own set up World Record in 2009 (25.25 seconds) in Men’s 50m Breaststroke, when he touched first after 25.49 seconds in front of Fabio Scozzoli (ITA, 25.77 seconds) and Kirill Prigoda (RUS, 25.86 seconds).

The crowd at the SSE in Berlin saw another Hungarian win in the Men’s 200m Freestyle, when Dominik Kozma touched first in 1:41.03 minutes, sharply followed by Kacper Majchrzak (POL, 1:41.62 minutes) and Chad Le Clos (RSA, 1:41.67 minutes).

Hosszu completed her triple in the Women’s 100m Butterfly after a thrilling showdown and a strong finish clocking 55.86 seconds, followed sharply by Ilaria Bianchi (ITA, 56.42 seconds) and Kimberly Buys (BEL, 56.44 seconds). What a day for the “Iron Lady” from Hungary!

It was a strong finish over the Men’s 100m Backstroke as well, when Radoslaw Kawecki (POL) set the mark after 49.97 seconds in front of Masaki Kaneko (JPN, 50.29 seconds) and Pavel Sankovich (BLR, 50.70 seconds).

Mireia Belmonte (ESP) underlined her strong performance during the heats in the morning, when she finished the Women’s 400m Freestyle in 3:57.79 minutes with a big gap in front of second ranked local hero Sarah Kohler (GER, 4:01.03 minutes) and Mikkayla Paige Sheridan (AUS, 4:03.90 minutes).

The first win in front of the home crowd was chased by Philip Heintz over the Men’s 400m Individual Medley. The German finished first after 4:05.16 minutes, just a blink of an eye in front of Federico Turrini (ITA, 4:05.73 minutes) and Ayrton Sweeney (RSA, 4:06.72 minutes).

Would the women complete the World Record triple on Day 2 of the World Cup in Berlin? In the 100m Breaststroke Alia Atkinson (JAM) was on record course, but finally touched after 1:03.16 and missed her own record of 1:02.36 set up in 2014. Jenna Laukkanen (FIN, 1:04.56 minutes) finished second in front of Fanny Lecluyse (BEL, 1:05.81 minutes).

Last highlight not only of the day, but also of the Berlin 2017 World Cup was the mixed 4×50 Freestyle. The cheering crowd saw a thrilling battle between Poland and Germany in the beginning and an amazing finish of the Dutch team, who finally finished first in 1:28.70 minutes in front of Poland (1:30.78 minutes) and Australia (1:30.83 minutes). “It was an amazing race, and we had a lot of fun”, Dutch Femke Heemskerk concluded an exciting day at the SSE in Berlin.


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