Chad Le Clos has been in dominating form all season and was crowned overall champion of the FINA Swimming World Cup, following the final leg held in Singapore. (Photo by VoxSports)
They have been dominating the pool the entire season, so it was no surprise Chad Le Clos and Katinka Hosszu were rightfully crowned overall champions of the FINA Swimming World Cup, following the final leg held in Singapore.
Hosszu - nicknamed the Iron Lady - won a total of 68 medals overall, with 51 Gold in her bag. After successfully seeing off challenges in the women’s 100m backstroke and individual medley among others, Hosszu added nine medals to her tally from the Singapore leg.
“I’m definitely happy, winning the third overall title means a lot to me,” Hosszu said after collecting her US$100,000 for emerging as overall champion.
The 25-year-old does not seem like she will be stopping any time soon though, despite the number of races she have been swimming.
Katinka Hosszu does not intend to take it easy after her win, and is already looking to do even better next year. (Photo by VoxSports)
“I feel like I’m getting better, but I also am trying to do more, hopefully I can get even better next year, hopefully I won't get tired next year,” she added.
For Le Clos, he ended his impressive season with 27 wins, without losing a single event.
However, the South African was disappointed he came so close to breaking the 100m butterfly short-course world record of 48.48 seconds, only to miss it by a narrow margin in Singapore. Le Clos had clocked 48.74 seconds at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.
“I was pretty confident I could get the world record, I mean I don’t want to sound disappointed but I’m a little disappointed,” Le Clos shared.
He was keen to move on though as he added, “Singapore has always been a great place for me to race. I’m undefeated. 27 wins, no Silver, no Bronze.
“The wins were more important for me today because this will stay in history forever. The world record will definitely come soon.”
There was some cheers for the home crowd too, after Tao Li earned Silver in her pet butterfly event while Team Singapore clinched another medal in the Mixed 4x50m freestyle relay event.
Tao Li gave the home crowd something to cheer about by coming in second for the butterfly event. (Photo by VoxSports)
Tao Li finished behind Netherland’s Inge Dekker with a time of 25.72 seconds, just 0.59 seconds away from the first place score.
“I'm pretty happy. Short course is better for me. The other girls are very tall, but my underwater kick is much better than theirs,” Tao Li said.
Russell Ong, Nur Marina Chan and Amanda Lim clinched the other Silver with a timing of 1:35.30.