The only world record among the men was set by Hosszu’s compatriot
Daniel Gyurta on the 200m breaststroke. All six world records were set
at the first two legs, either Doha or Dubai: perhaps a sign that
swimmers were benefitting from the good form displayed at the European
Championships, which had concluded a few days earlier.
Le Clos has won 21 gold medals. In the medal count, Dutch Inge Dekker is
second among the women with 20 medals, 19 gold and one silver.
For the first time, a new technological device, an electronic lap
counter, developed by Omega Timing, placed on the floor at the centre of
each lane, at the turning end of the swimming pool is being tested in
the middle distance events – 800m and 1500m freestyle - in view of its
official utilisation already from the Fina World Swimming Championships
(25m) coming up in December in Doha (Qatar).
It will make it easier for the swimmer to read the numbers.
Simultaneously on the scoreboard for each lane appears the “laps to go”
words and the corresponding number. From the application of this new
device all will benefit: swimmers, judges and public. The swimmers here
Peter Huerzeler, Senior member of the Omega Timing Board, anticipates
that the device is susceptible to further developments, which could
prompt an advancement in training systems and in swimmers' performances,
thanks to the displaying of the lap time at each turn, and others.
In the 50m breaststroke South African veteran Roland Schoeman made it
again in 26.02, the best time in this series, ahead of Daniel Gyurta,
26.60 (HUN) and Ryouta Nomura (JPN), 26.84. Schoeman had won this event
three times earlier in the series.
In the 200m butterfly the hot duel between the Olympic champion Chad Le
Clos and Japan’s Daiya Seto was the best thing of the meet so far. They
swam head to head till the last stroke, with the South African gaining
victory in 1:49.20, the best winning time this year, and Seto touching
in second place, in 1:49.68. Le Clos had won this race in the previous
two meets, in the same time, 1:49.73.
Myles Brown dominated in the 400m freestyle race winning in 3:37.96,
with UK’s James Guy second in 3:40.82 and Thomas Fraser-Holmes third
3:41.30. David McKeon, also of Australia, was fourth in 3:41.48.
Germany’s Paul Biedermann was a distant sixth, in a slow 3:42.26.
Fraser-Holmes had won the first four meets. The best time was set by
China’s Yang Sun in the Beijing’s meet, in 3:37.10.
Two titans from South Africa, Chad Le Clos and Roland Schoeman claimed
gold and silver in the 50m butterfly, respectively in 22.20 and 22.66.
Germany’s Steffen Deibler was third in 22.72 with Kouhei Kawamoto, of
Japan’s, fourth in 22.84. For Le Clos this was the sixth straight
victory in this race and the second gold medal of the day, the 23rd in