DOHA: The world’s greatest swimmers have arrived in Doha ahead of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup at the Hamad Aquatic Centre (HAC) from 8-9 October 2016. Newly crowned Olympic Champions and reigning World Champions alike will face-off in an exhilarating two days of swimming action.
World champions and Rio 2016 Olympians Katinka Hosszu and Chad Le Clos, and world-recorder holder in the 4x50m relay Jeanette Ottesen, joined President of the Qatar Swimming Association and
Chairman of the Local Organising Committee Khaleel Al Jabir at the HAC Friday, to mark the eminent start of the exciting event. Commenting on the eve of the event, Al-Jabir said:
“In total, we will have 13 medallists from Rio competing in Doha this weekend - as well as 4 world-record holders – so it promises to be one of the most exciting Doha World Cups to date. We have no doubt that over the next two days we will see incredible competition, and hopefully some further world-records – and we cannot wait for it to begin.”
Crowd favorites Hosszu, Le Clos and Ottesen voiced their excitement at once again competing in the waters of the HAC, following fantastic success in previous years and at the 2014 World Championships. Hosszu and Le Clos are flying high following their successes in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where the Hungarian Hosszu won three gold medals and Le Clos snagged two silver medals.
Hosszu is currently first in the overall FINA World Cup rankings after a stellar march through this year’s series. In the French leg of the World Cup she took home seven medals including five golds and two silvers. The swimming juggernaut continued her domination in the following Berlin edition where she snagged a jaw-dropping 11 medals. Hosszu then headed to Moscow where she took home 6 medals in total. She hopes to continue her massive success in Doha.
Speaking during the press conference Hosszu said, “Thank you for having me here again in Doha. It’s always a great pleasure to be back here. I’ve been here every year since 2012 actually. I competed in the 2014 Short Course World Championships. In this pool I broke 8 world records so it’s pretty amazing to come back here and just remember all these memories and it really motivates me to do more. I’m excited to get back in the pool and have some fun.”
Meanwhile, Le Clos is also ranked first in the FINA World Cup 2016 standings and has an unbelievable total medal tally of 100 medals over the years - more than any other male swimmer that has competed in the World Cup since 1989.
Commenting on his participation in the Doha leg, the South African said:
“Me and my team spend a lot of our time in Doha for training camps, we prepared for Rio as well as the Commonwealth Championship so I consider Doha a second home for me. Being in a world class facility gives us a real boost, especially coming from South Africa. Thank you to all our fans here and all the South Africans in Doha.”
Ottesen is currently lying in second place in the World Cup rankings. The Dane is in fantastic form and won the bronze medal in the 4x100m medley relay Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Doha holds a special place in the 29 year-old’s heart after she broke the 4x50m medley world record in the World Short Course Championship in Doha 2014.
Meanwhile, Ryan Arblaster, FINA TSC Committee Member also said, “On behalf of FINA, I wish to express my deep gratitude to the Qatar Swimming Association and the Hamad Aquatic Centre for their important role in developing swimming in Qatar. An unprecedented 23 world records were set in the Hamad Aquatic Centre’s pool in the 2014 Short Course World Championship which is a testament to the great facilities. This is one of the best facilities in the world so we are very pleased to host it in Qatar. At the completion of this meet on Sunday we will present a total of USD 300,000 prize money to the top swimmers. Thank you to all the swimmers at this competition and we wish you all the best.”
Le Clos and Hosszu will be joined by other Rio 2016 Olympic Champions, including Japan’s Rie Kaneto, Brittany Elmslie of Australia and Katie Meili of the USA. With a star-studded lineup set for this year’s event, held in Doha for the fifth consecutive time, superb swimming action is all but guaranteed.
Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the excitement of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup 2016 in Doha, October 8-9 and get your tickets online from just 20 QAR via www.q-tickets.com. -- Press release