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Swimming: Singapore Swim Stars event promises new, exciting format to thrill fans

Published on May 20, 2014 1:47 PM

SINGAPORE - The competition format of the Singapore Swim Stars, a three-day festival to be held at the OCBC Aquatic Centre, was unveiled on Tuesday.

The Sept 5-7 event will see eight of the best swimmers for each stroke compete in direct finals - doing away with the traditional heats - in the freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke and backstroke disciplines. Only one winner will be crowned for each event.

In addition, the 50m freestyle, the only 50m event at the meet, will feature a unique competition format. The best four of eight swimmers will face off in a semi-final, before the top two go head-to-head in the grand final.

The star-studded event will feature world champions such as Denmark's Jeanette Ottesen (50m fly), Hungary's Katinka Hosszu (200m and 400m individual medley), and Lithuania's Ruta Meilutyte, an Olympic gold medallist and world record holder in the 50m and 100m breaststroke.

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