FINA airweave Swimming World Cup Back in Doha This November (updated)
FINA airweave Swimming World Cup returns to Doha this year and the tickets are now on sale. A record 462 participants and 46 delegations are registered to compete at the FINA airweave Swimming World Cup in Doha this year with Olympians, World Champions and World Record Holders all adding to a star-studded line-up of talent. From 2-3 November 2015, Hamad Aquatic Centre will play host to the world’s best as they battle for glory at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualification event.
Hamad Aquatic Centre will come alive once again from 2-3 November 2015 as the world’s fastest and most competitive swimmers take to the water to battle for World Cup glory. As a qualifying event for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, fans can expect even more explosive action in the pool next month.
Fans can catch notable athletes like Great Britain’s Liam Tancock, USA’s Nathan Adrian, and South Africa’s Cameron Van De Burgh in this year in Doha. Van De Burgh is currently leading the points table for this year’s World Cup series and with 237 points, has already secured a comfortable 132-point lead over second place Ashley Delaney of Australia.
Fellow South African, Chad Le Clos currently sits in fifth place on the FINA World Cup leaderboard – having finished top of the overall standings in the 2013 and 2014 series, he will certainly have some work to do if he is to make it a hat-trick. No stranger to Doha, Le Clos has recorded dominant performances at Hamad Aquatic Centre in 2014. At the FINA Swimming World Cup in August 2014, he took home gold in the 50m and 100m butterfly, his signature events, as well as the 100m freestyle. Another successful medal haul at the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships in December saw the South African leave with four individual titles – in the 200m free, 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly – and a World Record in the 100m. Should he confirm his place at the FINA airweave Swimming World Cup in 2015, he will certainly be one to watch.
American Tom Shields, who has enjoyed a healthy rivalry with Le Clos over recent months will be back in Doha to face the South African once again this November. At last year’s FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Doha, Le Clos denied Shields a bronze in the 100m butterfly but the gutsy American remains a common face in butterfly finals at major meets, placing in the final of the 200m and 100m butterfly with Le Clos in Kazan earlier this year.
Also on the hunt for glory in Doha will be Hungary’s golden boy, Daniel Gyurta, reigning 200m breaststroke Olympic Champion and former World Record holder in the discipline. Having only managed bronze at the FINA World Championships earlier this year, the Hungarian great will be looking to go better in Doha.
Three-time Olympian Katinka Hosszú is another name sports fans will be eager to see return to Doha for this year’s World Cup. Currently leading the women’s World Cup Series leaderboard, she has an impressive 141 point lead over Australia’s Emily Seebohm who herself is having a breakout year after becoming 100m and 200m backstroke World Champion earlier this summer. But it is Hosszu who has a stronger FINA Swimming World Cup track record and last year at the Doha meet alone, she broke two world records and set a championship record. The ‘Iron Lady’ followed up her World Cup performance with another four world records set at Hamad Aquatic Centre at the World Swimming Championships, taking a total of eight medals across the competition.
Dávid Verrasztó, a FINA World Championship silver medalist will also be representing the swimming powerhouse that is Hungary. No stranger to Qatar, Verraszto picked up a Men’s 400m Individual Medley bronze at the 2014 FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Doha.