Day 3 of the sixth leg of the FINA World Cup featured some hard struggle at the Aquatics Palace in Kazan.
Australia’s Patrick Staber was in a league of his own in the men’s 400m individual medley, clocking 4:16.64. “My first thought after the heat was that I have muscle pain. I’m quite happy; for me it was a good heat, although I expected that only the final 100 metres will be the strongest. I realized that I can win after I touched the pad at the 300m mark. After that I put up speed,” the winner admitted. He also revealed his disappointment at failing to reach the Olympic standard but expressed hope that he will make it at the final World Cup leg in Doha, Qatar.
Iliia Borodin of Russia won silver (4:18.74). “I’m not quite happy with my result; I think that I should have swum in the morning as it’s not very convenient to compete only in the evenings. I will keep training and try to succeed at the Russian championships,” said Iliia Borodin. “This World Cup leg is my first experience of competing alongside such mature swimmers. I wish I had shown my best result today or at least a little better one, but it looks like it’s not my time yet.”
Maksym Shemberev of Azerbaijan grabbed bronze with 4:19.38.
Japan’s Yukimi Moriyama topped the podium in the women’s 800m freestyle event (8:37.24). Marlene Kahler of Austria ended up second (8:38.02). “I’m happy with the result; until today it was far from my best performances at the World Cup leg. Of course, I wish I had placed first but silver is also a good result. I hope that I will improve it in Doha,” the silver medal winner said.
Anna Egorova of Russia rounded off the podium with bronze (8:40.18). “The first several metres were hard. I think that the fact that I hadn’t swum for quite a long time took a toll on me,” the swimmer said. “I decided to compete in this event in order to train for the Russian championships. One more day off and then back to action. More swimming events ahead.”
Russia’s Arina Surkova won the women’s 100m butterfly event with 57.78. “Today it was easier to swim; it’s my best result in the butterfly event so far this year,” the swimmer admitted. An Sehyeon of Korea finished second (58.04). Many time world and European champion Jeanette Ottesen (DEN) rounded out the podium in third (58.66).
Michael Andrew of the United States showed the best result (23.14) in the men’s 50m butterfly event. Russia’s Andrey Zhilkin took silver (23.26). “I tried to do a good head-start this time – everything depends on it in the 50m event. I’m happy with my time,” Andrey Zhilkin said. “I can say that the 50m butterfly is my favourite event, although I also compete in the 200m medley.” Hungary’s Szebasztian Szabo ended up third (23.33).
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