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01 November, 2015

Seebohm And Larkin Topscore In Tokyo Leg, Hosszu And Van Der Burgh On Track For Overall Titles

The Swimming World Cup juggernaut rolled into Tokyo last week for the first stage of the final cluster in the eight leg competition, and Australia’s brilliant backstrokers Mitch Larkin and Emily Seebohm stole the show, topping the FINA points table for the best swims in both the men’s and women’s events. The next stop is Doha on 2-3 November, before the best swimmers in the world arrive in Dubai for the final leg on Friday and Saturday 6-7 November.

Despite Seebohm’s success, by virtue of her 8 medals (including 4 gold) Hungary’s Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu scored more points for the leg than Seebohm, extending her overall lead to 483 points and has all but secured her fourth overall title in a row. Seebohm sits in second place with 321 points with Hosszu’s countrywoman Zsuzsanna Jakabos in third on 159.

In the men’s competition South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh also has a clear lead and will secure the overall title for the third time having triumphed in 2008 and 2009. Van der Burgh has 237 points, to Japan’s Masato Sakai on 117 and Australia’s Ashley Delany in third on 105 points.

But the Tokyo meet belonged to Larkin and Seebohm.  After taking the 100m/200m backstroke double at the World Championships in Kazan in August, Larkin continued on his winning ways in Tokyo, taking the double again and recording the best time in the world this year in the 200m backstroke (1:53.34). The time was even faster than his gold medal swim in Kazan, and also set a new Australian and Commonwealth record in the process. Larkin also holds the Australian and Commonwealth records in the 100m backstroke.

And in a continuation of the rivalry which has characterised every leg of the series, Emily Seebohm, who also took the 100m/200m double in Kazan, again proved too good for Katinka Hosszu in the backstroke events, claiming gold in the 50m and 100m before putting in a stunning performance coming from behind to take the 200m and the treble in the fifth fastest time this year.

FINA Swimming World Cup title holder since 2012, Hosszu struck gold in the 200m and 400m free, as well as the 200m and 400m individual medley, and has yet to be beaten in the 400m individual medley in this year's FINA/airweave World Cup series.

Men’s competition leader Van der Burgh made it two golds from two finals, in the 50m and 100m breaststroke. In one of the most hotly anticipated showdowns in Dubai, Van der Burgh will face the man who beat him to gold in the 50m and 100m backstroke in the World Championships, Great Britain’s Adam Peaty.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the best swimmers in the world to Dubai later this week, the competition will be breathtaking and we encourage all fans to come and witness world class competition. We are particularly looking forward to seeing the showdowns between Katinka Hosszu and Emily Seebohm, and Cameron van der Burgh and Adam Peaty which promise to be thrilling.”

The heats will run from 10am to 12.30pm on both days, with the finals commencing at 6pm. Tickets are 50dhs per day and are available at the door.

The 2015 Swimming World Cup is being held over eight legs, and three clusters, with men and women vying for prize money and points in each leg and cluster. The overall male and female points winners will also take home US$100,000 after the final and deciding leg is held in Dubai on 6-7 November at the Hamdan Sports Complex. The Swimming World Cup this year is being held in a 50m pool for the first time, as the event also serves as an Olympic qualifying event.

For more information see the Facebook page: FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup- Dubai UAE.

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