DOHA, October 6, 2017 - The second and last leg of Cluster #2 of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2017 kicked-off today in Doha, Qatar, as competition leaders so far, South Africa’s Chad Le Clos and Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, are targeting further success at the Hamad Aquatic Centre which hosts the two-day event.
Both of them, as well as Kirill Prigoda (RUS, attended the Opening Press Conference of the event yesterday.
“Happy to be back in Doha! I was here in 2014 for the World Championships, which were very successful for me. It’s my first World Cup here, it’s going to be fun”, said Sjostrom. She continued emphasising: “I had a very good season – I am doing the entirety of the World Cup and it’s going pretty well…”.
“Doha is a second home for me, I’m coming here since 2012. I hope to improve my recent performances in Hong Kong”, said Le Clos. Looking at Sjostrom, next to him, he smiled: “I am sure that Sarah will establish a couple of World Records here…”
Prigoda said: “Like Sarah, I was also here for the last time for the World Championships, and I was bronze medallist. So I have fond memories of this pool and I expect everyone will swim fast in this very nice venue”.
The Press Conference was also attended by FINA Executive Director Cornel Marculescu, Qatar Swimming Association President and FINA Bureau Member Khaleel Al Jabir, as well as the FINA Technical Delegate Daphne Bird.
“Outside the frame of the FINA World Championships, the World Cup is the best and most privileged opportunity to further promote our Sport. The event in Doha will be spectacular, as this city is actively preparing for the 2023 FINA World Championships, to take place here in Qatar”, declared Mr. Marculescu.
“However, nothing is more important in Swimming than our Stars – and some of them are here with us”, added the FINA Executive Director, who concluded by thanking the Qatar Swimming Association and Qatar Sports Council for their support to this organisation.
With the new 2017 rules for the World Cup, swimmers are competing twice in each event over the three-leg cluster, but with the reduction to two events in Cluster 2, the full programme of 34 individual events for each leg was reinstated only for Hong Kong and Doha. Moreover, the general rule of a maximum of four individual events per swimmer/per leg was slightly modified for this second cluster, and now comprises six events per competitor.
Provisional ranking 2017 (after Hong Kong)
1. Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) 353pts
2. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 272pts
3. Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) 155pts
1. Chad Le Clos (RSA) 234pts
2. Tom Shields (USA) 147pts
3. Vladimir Morozov (RUS) 138pts