More World-Class Athletes Added to 12th FINA World Swimming Championships Star List
Further star names in swimming have been confirmed to compete at the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships in Doha from 3 to 7 December 2014.
More than 1,100 athletes from 171 countries will take to the blocks at Hamad Aquatic Centre. Representing Brazil at Hamad Aquatic Centre will be César Cielo Filho. The most successful Brazilian swimmer in history, Cielo Filho boasts three Olympic medals including Brazil’s only swimming gold, six individual World Championship gold medals and two long-course world records in the 100 m and 50 m freestyles.
The Brazilian will have stiff competition from Russia’s Vlad Morozov in the 50m freestyle; however Morozov is the defending World Championship silver medalist in the event and is one of the best short course swimmers in history. The Russian will only swim the 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle in Doha, leading many to believe he has a real chance at a World Record in the 50. Russia will be looking to better their nine medal tally of the 2012 World Championships in Istanbul where they finished fifth in the medals table as they prepare to send a 36-strong team to Doha, which also includes Evgeny Korotyshkin, Olympic medalist and double-world record holder in the 100m butterfly and 4x100m medley relay.
Further World Record holders set to compete in Doha include Italy’s Federica Pellegrini (200 m Butterfly), Agnel Yannick of France (400 m Freestyle), South Africa’s Roland Schoeman (50 m Freestyle) and Sweden’s Malin Therese Alshammar (50 m Butterfly) to name but a few.
Twenty-four athletes will compete in Doha for Germany as the country continues to make strides in short course swimming. Their best medal chances come in the form of Markus Deibler, who set a new German Record of 1:52.38 in the 200m Individual Medley this season, and Sarah Kohler, the 20-year-old German Champion in the 400 m, 800 m, and 1500 m freestyles. Markus’ brother, Steffan Diebler could also provide a medal in the 50m butterfly.
Australia has confirmed that three rookies will join 11 members of Australia’s successful Commonwealth Games team and seven Olympians in a 20-strong Australian Swim Team for the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m). Australian short course record holders, Mitch Larkin and Emily Seebohm, will be ones to watch in Doha, both having shown excellent form this season.
Doha has marked this year it’s year of swimming. As well as the upcoming FINA World Swimming Championships, the city has already successfully staged the first meet in the FINA Mastbank Swimming World Cup and is the first city to host a World Cup and a World Championships in the same year. It will also host the 3rd FINA Aquatics Conference from 29 November to 1 December 2014, which includes the FINA Swimming Coaches Golden Clinic and the FINA Extraordinary Congress.
The 12th FINA World Swimming Championships will be held over five days with morning heats starting at 9:30 am and the fast-action finals takings place at 6 pm. Fans can purchase their tickets at Virgin Megastores or online starting at QR10.
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