More than 6,000 fans caught the action at the FINA Swimming World Cup 2019. Photo: Sport Singapore
Over 6,000 fans were treated to a thrilling weekend (Aug 15-17) of aquatic action at the FINA Swimming World Cup presented by Yakult at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.
The crowd bore witness to historic moments on the first day of the competition alone with Quah Jing Wen breaking the national women’s butterfly record by over 1 second, in addition to Lithuanian Danas Rapsys setting a World Cup record in the 200m freestyle, and Russian Vladimir Morozov taking victory in the men’s 50m freestyle with a World Cup record of 21.27s.
“Today was a lot better than I expected. I touched the wall and I didn't expect to see 2:10! More than a second better than the latest personal best that I've set three weeks ago, so I'm super happy, this is an amazing feeling. I only trained for four days after the break in Japan so I really wasn't expecting that much," said Quah of her performance.
“I was very pumped up before the race. I was thinking maybe 21:4, 21:5, that’s what I did at the first leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup but I got 21:2. I couldn’t believe it, I still have to process it. It’s my best time in six years,” said Morozov on his World Cup record-breaking swim.
Team Singapore swimmer Quah Jing Wen broke the national women’s butterfly record. Photo: Sport Singapore
Hungarian Katinka Hosszu, affectionately known as The Iron Lady, climbed up the rankings to finish top of the women’s series winning 3 gold medals along the way. Morozov also finished top of the men’s series with a similar medal haul over the weekend.
Singaporeans Nicholas Cheong, Quah Jing Wen, Darren Chua and Elena Pedersen finished fourth in the Mixed 4 x 100m medley relay with a time of 3:58.94. China clinched the bronze, Australia came in second to win silver while USA took home the gold.
The Republic also earned its first silver medal on the second day of the meet, under the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay event. Darren Chua, Pang Sheng Jun, Cherlyn Yeoh and Quah Ting Wen came from behind to clinch second place, topping the Chinese and American teams in the final moments of the race.
The competition will move on to Europe with the subsequent leg of the tournament taking place in Hungary from October 4 to 6.