The fastest man to ever swim 200m Breaststroke, Daniel Gyurta, will arrive in Doha in December for the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in a dominant but unassuming fashion. The Hungarian has cemented his place as one of the world’s best and is becoming a red hot favourite to topple world records at Hamad Aquatic Centre from 3 – 7 December 2014,  but he remains humble about his achievements.

Fresh from victory at the FINA Mastbank Swimming World Cup series where Gyurta finished second in the overall points table, he is showing that he is ready to take on the world and has not lost the winning form which saw him win gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games. When asking the star about his intentions come the World Championships, the Hungarian is keeping his cards close to his chest but he cannot help but hint at his desire to set a new world record.

I never reveal my aims – they remain my secret. Of course I always try to improve my results and get better, and to have a good race where I feel comfortable in the water. World records are set to be broken and everything can happen as a result of a good race.’

The Hungarian has been winning fans in the Middle East for many years following numerous appearances in Doha and Dubai respectively. He made waves in Qatar earlier this year when he set a World Cup record in his signature 200m breaststroke at the first meet of the FINA Mastbank Swimming World Cup which also took place at Hamad Aquatic Centre.

The London 2012 Olympic Champion’s his rivals have come and gone over the years but he has remained at the top of his game.

We have not changed anything in our preparations based on how others are swimming at that time, because what we have been doing in the past has shown we are right on track. My coaches are continuously refining my training and preparation, but before a major competition, we already know how we want to swim the race and only small things will be altered. I do not follow what the other swimmers are doing to prepare, I focus on my technique and try to do the best that I can.’

Daniel Gyurta is just one of more than 1,300 of the world’s best athletes that will compete at the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships in Doha, 3-7 December 2014. Previous victors include US Olympic Gold medallist Ryan Lochte, who took home six gold medals at the last Championships in 2012. Olympic champion, Chad Le Clos (RSA), and multiple World Record holder, Katinka Hosszu (HUN), are among the top those athletes already looking forward to a return to Doha. In addition, Cameron Van Der Burgh (RSA), Ryan Lochte (USA), Mireia Belmonte (ESP), Inge Dekker (NED) and other key athletes from Germany, Italy, Russia, China, Japan and the Netherlands are expected to bring their best to the competition.


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