Star-powered pitch on display as FINA World Cup series ready to move to Doha
The next stop in the FINA World Cup series is slated for next week, with a short course competition taking place in Doha from October 21-23. The three-day event follows the series’ first two stops, which took place in Berlin and Budapest. Doha shutdown expected to feature some of sport’s biggest names, with Australian stars Emma McKeon and Kyle chalmers again at the top of the list of athletes.
In Budapest, McKeon produced one of the best performances of the series, setting the second time in history in the 100-meter freestyle. Reigning Olympic champion in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle, McKeon clocked a time of 50.58 for the 100 freestyle, which was only surpassed by his compatriot Australian’s world record of 50.25. Celine Campbell.
Chalmers has been a major factor in the 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle during the World Cup season, with a pair of superb head-to-head matches unfolding between the Australian and the rising South African star. Matthew Sas at 200 free. The men have divided their clashes in Europe and are expected to face each other again in Doha, this time with Sunwoo Hwang, the South Korean upstart, joining the mix. Hwang was a finalist in the 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle at the Olympic Games last summer in Tokyo.
Japan’s Daiya Seto, world record holder in the 400 individual medley, is also scheduled for Doha. American tastes Tom shields and Blake pieroni are listed on the entry lists, with the Russians Yulia Efimova and Vladimir Morozov and the Dutch stars Arno Kamminga and Ranomi Kromowidjojo.