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ARENA SWIMMERS ROCK IN HANGZHOU

The 14th edition of the FINA World Short Course Championships came to a close on Sunday, 16th December in Hangzhou, China. Athletes wearing arena suits once again stood out, winning 55 (39%) out of a total of 140 medals overall, with the next best suit manufacturer 15 medals (10%) behind.

The 19 Arena-sponsored federations participated, with 7 of them featuring in the top 10 medal-winning nations. Of arena's sponsored individual athletes, 13 went home with medals.


LEADING THE CHARGE WERE:

 KATINKA HOSSZÚ Hungary who reinforced her position as the undisputed IM queen by successfully defending all 3 titles (100, 200 & 400) with dominant swims in each race, and added the 200 fly title and a 100 back silver for good measure.CAMERON VAN DER BURGH South Africa Who ended his stellar international career in fine style by winning both 50 and 100 breaststroke titles in Championship record times.RANOMI KROMOWIDJOJO Netherlands Who confirmed herself as one of the world’s pre-eminent sprinters by winning both freestyle sprint titles (50 & 100) as well as the 50 fly, all in Championship record times; she also picked up two silvers and a bronze in the relays.WANG SHUN China Who successfully defended his 200 IM title, leading from start to finish as he broke the Chinese record and became the third-fastest swimmer in history in this event.

 

OTHER INDIVIDUALS MEDAL WINNERS INCLUDED:

 SILVER

HENRIK CHRISTIANSEN

(Norway, 400 free)

XU JIAYU

(China, 100 back)

RUTA MEILUTYTE

(Lithuania, 50 breast)

GREGORIO PALTRINIERI

(Italy, 1500 free)

BRONZE

HENRIK CHRISTIANSEN

(Norway, 1500 free)

GABRIELE DETTI

(Italy, 400 free)

HIROMASA FUJIMORI

(Japan, 100 & 200 IM)

SUZUKA HASEGAWA

(Japan, 200 fly)

RADOSŁAW KAWECKI

(Poland, tied 200 back)

MITCH LARKIN

(Australia, tied 200 back)

EMILY SEEBOHM

(Australia, 200 back)

 The Championships ended off with the fifth edition of the FINA World Aquatics Gala "Soirée des Etoile", which honours the world's best aquatics athletes for the year. Congratulations to the following arena winners:

-Katinka Hosszú (Hungary), FINA Best Female Swimmer 2018
-Chad Le Clos (South Africa), FINA Best Male Swimmer 2018
-Ferry Weertman (Netherlands), FINA Best Male Open Water Swimmer 2018
-Andrea di Nino (Italy), swimming coach award 2018
-Marcel Wouda (Netherlands), open water swimming coach award 2018