The second leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup is assembling in Jinan (CHN) with competition from Thursday through Saturday at the Jinan Olympic Sports Center Natatorium.
The entries are not at the level of the first World Cup in Tokyo. The American contingent, as expected, shrunk considerably from the Tokyo opener. Five Americans are entered in Jinan, led by Michael Andrew, with seven events. Freestylers Blake Pieroni and Brennan Gravely are also in, plus breaststroke ace Andrew Wilson and Erica Sullivan, the only women’s entrant.
However, there are plenty of quality swimmers to look for:
● Mitchell Larkin (AUS) ~ 50-100-200 m Back; 200 m Medley
● Vladimir Morozov (RUS) ~ 50-100 m Free; 50 m Back; 50 m Fly
● Danas Rapsys (LTU) ~ 100-200-400 m Free; 50-100 m Back; 100 m Fly
● Blake Pieroni (USA) ~ 50-100-200-400 m Free; 50-100 m Fly
● Andrew Wilson (USA) ~ 50-100-200 m Breast
● Michael Andrew (USA) ~ 50 m Free; 50 m Back; 50-100 m Breast; 50-100 m Fly; 200 m Medley
● Cate Campbell (AUS) ~ 50-100 m Free; 50 m Back; 50 m Fly
● Emily Seebohm (AUS) ~ 50-100-200 m Back; 50 m Breast; 200 m Medley
● Alia Atkinson (JAM) ~ 50-100-200 m Breast; 50-100 m Fly
● Erica Sullivan (USA) ~ 200-400-800 m Free; 200 m Back; 200 m Fly; 400 m Medley
● Vitalina Simonova (RUS) ~ 50-100-200-400-800 m Free; 50-100 m Back; 50-100-200 m Breast; 50-100 m Fly; 200-400 m Medley
● Katinka Hosszu (HUN) ~ 100-200-400-800 m Free; 50-100-200 m Back; 100-200 m Breast; 50-100-200 m Fly; 200-400 m Medley
Hosszu and Russia’s Simonova both entered 14 events, and where Hosszu cut back in Tokyo, Simonova went on to compete in all 14 she entered! She only made one final, but the feat was impressive. Let’s see how many each competes in this week.
Hosszu won the 200 m Fly, and the 200-400 m Medleys, plus a silver medal in the 100 m Back. Adding in the bonus points for the second-best performance of the meet (per the FINA points table) and she’s the leader in the overall women’s standings:
1. 48 ~ Vladimir Morozov (RUS)
2. 42 ~ Andrew Wilson (USA)
3. 42 ~ Yasuhiro Kusuke (JPN)
1. 54 ~ Katinka Hosszu (HUN)
2. 45 ~ Cate Campbell (AUS)
3. 36 ~ Emily Seebohm (AUS)
Morozov, a two-time World Cup champ, won the 50-100 m Free and 50 m Back in Tokyo.
Prize money is available for the top six: $1,500-1,000-500-400-300-200. Look for results here.