Australia’s Kaylee McKeown was in a league of her own, winning gold in the women’s 100m backstroke event with 59.25. Maria Kameneva of Russia placed second (59.27); two-time Olympic champion, five-time world champion Emily Seebohm ended up third (59.63).
Yasuhiro Koseki of Japan won gold in the men’s 50m breaststroke event (27.07). Felipe Lima of Brazil grabbed silver (27.11). “I’m pleased with the result; I think that I will show even a better result next weekend in Doha,” the winner said. “The World Cup is a special event; we have wonderful athletes here, and I’m happy to be part of this tournament.” Felipe Lima shared that it took him almost 24 hours to travel from the United States, where he had been competing, to Kazan.
Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands finished third in the men’s 50m breaststroke (27.15).
Russian swimmer Arina Surkova won gold in the women’s 50m butterfly (25.62). “On my way to the World Cup in Kazan I was thinking that making it to the finals will be my maximum result; I was not counting on victory,” the swimmer confessed. “Yesterday and today I swam well and now I’ve improved my result, updated the Russian record. I’m overwhelmed!”
Olympic champion, four-time world champion Cate Campbell of Australia ended up second with 26.08. Jeanette Ottesen of Denmark rounded off the podium with bronze.
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