Swimming: Stars to make a splash in Singapore

Katinka Hosszu of Hungary gesturing after breaking the Olympic record in the 200m individual medley heats in Rio de Janeiro last month.
Katinka Hosszu of Hungary gesturing after breaking the Olympic record in the 200m individual medley heats in Rio de Janeiro last month.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

More than 20 world-class swimmers will be here for next month's Fina World Cup leg

Fresh off their medal-winning exploits at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, a host of big names will be in Singapore for next month's Fina/airweave Swimming World Cup.

Among the stars for the Oct 21-22 competition presented by Yakult include triple Olympic champion Katinka Hosszu, Australia's latest swim sensations Kyle Chalmers and Mitch Larkin, as well as rising Asian talents Daiya Seto and Masato Sakai.

They, together with the likes of South African duo Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh, make up the world-class field at the OCBC Aquatic Centre with more than 20 Olympic and World Championship medallists in this year's Singapore stopover - the highest tally since 2010.

Last year's overall World Cup winners were Hosszu (women) and van der Burgh (men). Hosszu won the 100m backstroke, 200m and 400m individual medley Olympic titles in Brazil and Chalmers bagged the men's 100m freestyle event.

Van der Burgh, who claimed silver in the 100m breaststroke in Rio, told The Straits Times yesterday: "I hope to create even more memorable experiences in Singapore at this year's Fina World Cup, where I'll get to swim alongside some of the best swimmers in the world.

"I had a great experience last year, and I look forward to visiting Singapore again."

This is the 10th year of the prestigious international meet in the Republic and is the seventh leg of this season's three-month competition.

The eighth stop will be in Tokyo (Oct 25-26) and the ninth and final meet in Hong Kong (Oct 29-30).

The high-level competition has been crucial in developing the sport here, said Singapore Swimming Association vice-president (swimming) Joscelin Yeo.

She added: "This has not only inspired generations of swimmers but has benefited the wider aquatic community in Singapore, with our coaches and officials also having an opportunity to learn from the world's best."

The host is expected to send a contingent of 40 national swimmers, including SEA Games champions Amanda Lim and Pang Sheng Jun, while another 160 local club swimmers will also participate.

The Singapore World Cup will also comprise the third edition of the Yakult Relay Challenge, a non-competitive 4x25m relay event. It will introduce a corporate participation category for the first time, alongside the family, schools, master and open classes.

Tickets can be purchased online at sportshubtix.com from tomorrow and will be available at the Singapore Indoor Stadium box office and all SingPost outlets.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 20, 2016, with the headline 'Stars to make a splash in S’pore'. Print Edition | Subscribe