Doha 2014, Day 5: Hosszu and Le Clos are also the best in Doha!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Some days after being awarded the title of FINA Best Swimmers in 2014, Chad Le Clos (RSA) and Katinka Hosszu (HUN) were also the athletes shining the most in the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) held from December 3-7 in Doha (QAT). At the conclusion of the five-day competition, the South African star and the Magyar champion received the Trophy for the Best Male and Female Swimmer of the competition, respectively, after delivering great performances in the Hamad Aquatic Centre.

Hosszu entered in the history of this competition by earning eight individual medals, the highest tally ever among women, and only equalling Ryan Lochte’s performance in Istanbul 2012 in the men’s field. The difference is that the North American collected some of his medals in relay events. Before the Magyar milestone, the best swimmers in a single edition of the championships were Susan O’Neill (AUS), Josefin Lillhage (SWE), Lisbeth Lenton (AUS) and Brooke Hanson (AUS), all with six podium presences.

The results of Hosszu in Doha were impressive: four wins accompanied by WR performances in the 100m and 200m back, 100m and 200m IM, silver medals in the 200m free, 200m fly and 400m IM, and one bronze in the 50m back.

In the men’s field, Le Clos' statistics are also outstanding. The South African leaves Doha with four individual titles, in the 200m free, 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly, and a WR in the 100m. Moreover, he is the first male swimmer ever to win the three butterfly events in a single edition of the championships. Before him, and among men, only Brendan Hansen (USA) had swept the breaststroke events in 2004, while Ryan Lochte (USA) achieved the same with the medleys in 2008 and 2010.

Doha 2014 will also enter in FINA’s history for the level of the performances achieved during the competition: no less than 23 World Records and 24 Championships Record were set in the Qatari capital, largely improving the previous maximum of 18 best global marks established in Manchester (GBR) in 2008. From this list, 14 WR were in individual events while nine were improved in relay action.

In the medal chart, the leader was Brazil, with a total 10 awards, seven of them gold. One athlete in particular was in evidence in the South American delegation – Felipe Franca Silva, winner in the 50m and 100m breast, and also part of the victorious 4x50m medley, 4x100m medley and mixed 4x50m medley. His teammate Cesar Cielo was also a five-time medallist for Brazil, triumphing in the 100m free.

The results of Hosszu largely contributed to the second position of Hungary in the medals table with six gold, three silver and two bronze. The top-five was completed by the Netherlands (5 gold, 1 silver, 6 bronze), South Africa (4 gold, 1 silver) and Spain (4 gold, all going to Mireia Belmonte).

The Team Trophy of the Championships was presented to the United States with its team finishing the competition with the highest number medals: 17 (two gold, nine silvers and six bronze). The U.S. titles came in the men’s 4x200m free and in the mixed 4x50m free relay. Lochte, the dominator of the last editions of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), earned eight medals in Doha but couldn’t achieve any individual victory.


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