Top stars for Swimming World Cup in Dubai

Dubai sports fans will be treated to another dose of world class swimming action next month as a parade of Olympic and World champions heads to Dubai for the Fina Swimming World Cup, according to a Press release.

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Published: Wed 25 Sep 2013, 12:13 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 9:11 AM

Organisers are delighted to announce that Dubai crowd favourite Chad Le Clos of South Africa, Hungarian superstar Katinka Hosszu and the ever popular long distance champion Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia will be among the many stars competing for World Cup glory, as the event comes to Dubai for the fourth round of the eight event series.

After brilliant performances in the first two rounds of the Swimming World Cup in Eindhoven and Berlin in August, which saw an unprecedented 10 world records broken over the two events, the competition promises to be tougher than ever this year.

An incredible six of these world records have been broken by Katinka Hosszu, who delighted the Dubai crowds last year when she completely dominated the competition and took home seven gold medals, before going on to win the overall World Cup title for 2012.

Hosszu is in scintillating form, having collected two gold medals in the 15th FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona in July in the 200m and 400m individual medley, just days before the first World Cup event. After only two rounds so far this year she is already an extraordinary 185 points ahead of the second placed swimmer on the overall rankings.

But Hosszu is far from the only drawcard, with golden boy Chad Le Clos sure to wow the crowds again. Le Clos considers Dubai his lucky pool as he first tasted victory here in December 2010 in the 10th FINA World Championships (25m), before going on to win the Dubai leg and the overall World Cup series in 2011. In 2012 Le Clos cemented his place in swimming history, doing the unthinkable and dethroning superstar Michael Phelps at the London Olympics to win the 200m butterfly.

Le Clos also took gold in both the 100m and 200m butterfly at this year’s World Championships, and after great performances in the first two rounds of this year’s World Cup he is leading the men’s rankings.

Another Dubai favourite is Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia who has established himself as one of the greatest distance swimmers in the world. After winning gold in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 1500m, Mellouli made history in the 2012 Olympics, winning gold in the 10km open water and bronze in the 1500m, the only person ever to have medalled in both the pool and open water events at an Olympics.

Ahmed Al Falasi, President of the UAE Swimming Association and Chairman of the organising Committee said “This is the third time this event has been held in Dubai, and we are delighted that with each year we are attracting more world class swimmers to the event.

“After the very successful hosting of the Fina World Junior Swimming Championships here in August, we are excited to now be welcoming the world’s best swimmers back to Dubai again. There will be a wealth of talent on display, and we encourage sports fans to come and witness the World and Olympic champions in action” he added.

The Dubai competition, which will take place on October 17-18, is the fourth leg of the eight-leg highly competitive World Cup series, which commenced in August in Eindhoven in the Netherlands, before moving on the Berlin. The Moscow leg will be held on October 12-13 before the Dubai event. The competition will then move to on to Doha, Singapore, and Tokyo, with the final event in Beijing on November 13-14.

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