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FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2012
Dubai sports fans were treated to a surfeit of world class aquatic action in October as the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup returns to Dubai.
Spectators at last year’s event witnessed a swimming spectacular which featured several swimmers who went on to take medals at the Olympics last month, and organizers are again expecting a wealth of talent to battle it out for glory in the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Sports Complex.
London Olympic Gold Medallist and World Record holder Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa was part of the star studded field , along with 2011 Swimming World Cup overall champion and World Record holder Therese Alshammar of Sweden, guaranteeing a highly competitive meet and a feast of world-class action to delight the crowds.
With the World Championships (25m) being held in Turkey in December this year, organizers expect a top class field as swimmers re-set their focus after the Olympics on achieving success in the 25m events.
The event is being organised by the Dubai sports Council and the UAE Swimming Federation, and is part of a long term plan to promote and develop swimming in the region.
This is the second time Dubai has held the first leg of the prestigious FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup series, and organizers are delighted with the success of the event. Over 190 swimmers representing 30 countries, including numerous world champions, world record holders and Olympic medalists competed in the event, and put on a wonderful display of world class swimming for the appreciative crowds.
The Dubai competition is first of the eight-leg highly competitive World Cup series, which now moves on to Doha, Stockholm, Moscow, Berlin, Beijing, Tokyo and Singapore. The Swimming World Cup is contested in a 25m pool and sees both men and women vying for prize money in each of the 36 events.