Posted on October 09, 2016

The thrilling action continued on the second day of the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup Doha 2016 with excellent performances from star swimmers from around the world. Doha favourite Chad Le Clos, Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu, as well as Japan’s Daiya Seto recorded great times in the morning’s heats in the Hamad Aquatic Centre.

Speaking following the second day’s morning session, President of the Qatar Swimming Association and Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, Khaleel Al Jabir, who was recently elected as Asian Swimming Federation Vice President, said: “This is the fifth time we have hosted the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup and we are always excited to welcome the world’s swimming stars to Doha’s Hamad Aquatic Centre. Hosting the World Cup in Doha has developed swimming locally and regionally, as can be seen in the increasing number of young swimmers taking part – most notably 11-year-old Bharani female swimmer Alzain Tareq – as well as Team Qatar’s 24 swimmers. I wish the best of luck to all athletes in tonight’s exciting finals.”

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Commenting after his 50m freestyle heat, Qatar’s Noah Al-Khulaifi said: “The heat was good. I’m looking to train for the championships and enjoy the experience, hopefully here with the World Champs and home crowds.” Yesterday’s gold medallist in the Men’s 50m breaststroke Felipe Lima qualified to tonight’s final in the 100m breaststroke after clocking in 1:00.11 in the heats. Commenting after his performance the Brazilian said: “It is great to be in the race, to learn techniques to help me in my final. It is my last stop in Doha for this cluster so it is awesome being here and I’m excited to do great things at tonight’s final.”

Team GB’s James Guy, who won silver last night in the Men’s 400m freestyle, secured his spot in the final of the Men’s 100m butterfly final with a time of 52.64, only 0.01 of South Africa’s Golden Boy Chad Le Clos. Commenting on his performance Guy said: “Swimming next to Chad was awesome, so for me I’ve just looked at enjoying it and having good times. I have to work hard and train. It is the last stop for me in this cluster anyway.” Meanwhile Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist Madeline Groves will make her way into what will undoubtedly be an interesting final tonight in the 100m women’s freestyle as she will go head-to-head against fellow Olympians Jeanette Ottesen from Denmark, and Hungary’s Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu, who also eased their way into the finals.

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Speaking about her success following her heats Hosszu said: “"In 2012 I was swimming 2 races a week, but now I’m swimming 12 races in one night so that's something! I don't have a secret for great performances, but I'm proud of all the amazing results I have been getting." The swimming action will continue from 18:05 on Sunday evening with the last day of finals. Further Olympic medallists will be in action, including Rie Kaneto of Japan who is the reigning Olympic 200m breaststroke Champion, and USA’s Katie Melli who won silver in the Rio 2016 4 x 100m relay.

Tickets are available through Qtickets.com for just 20 QAR, and you can keep up to date with all the action at www.qatarswimming.com, and on social media through @SWCDoha on Twitter, and search for FINA airweave Swimming World Cup Doha on Facebook.

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