Moscow - Chad le Clos, Cameron van der Burgh and Myles Brown got their swimming World Cup off to golden starts as the seven-stop series started in Moscow on Tuesday.
Le Clos was first in the pool, taking in the men’s 100m freestyle in 48.16. Russians Nikita Lobintsev finished second in 48.58 and Danila Izotov took bronze in 48.59.
A race later, Van der Burgh scooped gold in the men’s 50m breaststroke in 26.96 ahead of Peter John Stevens of Slovenia (27.46) and American Brendan McHugh (27.71).
In the men’s 400m freestyle, Brown took gold in 3:48.52 while Jordan Pothain of France settled for silver in 3.49.66 and countryman Damien Joly got bronze in 3:50.55.
The World Cup comes hot on the heels of the Fina World Championships which ended in Kazan, Russia on Sunday so the swimmers are still in peak form. Some of the top medallists from the world championships have chosen not to swim the first leg of the World Cup, however.
The World Cup series includes stops in Moscow, Paris, Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore, Tokyo, Doha and Dubai. Racing takes place over two days in each country.
Le Clos last year topped the World Cup standings at the end of the series and was rewarded with a $100 000 cheque. Katinka Hosszu won the women’s section and received equal prize money.
Results from the first day of Moscow's stage of the Fina World Cup here on Tuesday:
1. Cameron Van Der Burgh (RSA) 26.96sec, 2. Peter John Stevens (SLO) 27.46, 3. Brendan McHugh (USA) 27.71
1. Andrii Govorov (UKR) 23.30sec, 2. Tim Phillips (USA) 23.55, 3. Evgeny Sedov (RUS) 23.59
1. Chad Le Clos (RSA) 48.16sec, 2. Nikita Lobintsev (RUS) 48.58, 3. Danila Izotov (RUS) 48.59
1. Camille Lacourt (FRA) 53.44sec, 2. Grigory Tarasevich (RUS) 54.01, 3. Zheng Wen Quah (SIN) 54.03
1. Marco Koch (GER) 2min 08.77sec, 2. Cody Miller (USA) 2:09.08, 3. Nic Fink (USA) 2:09.51
1. Viktor Bromer (DEN) 1min 55.03sec, 2. Aleksandr Kudashev (RUS) 1:57.09, 3. Chase Kalisz (USA) 1:57.66
1. Myles Brown (RSA) 3min 48.52sec, 2. Jordan Pothain (FRA) 3:49.66, 3. Damien Joly (FRA) 3:50.55
1. David Verraszto (HUN) 4min 14.89sec, 2. Federica Turrini (ITA) 4:15.10, 3. Alexander Osipenko (RUS) 4:16.98
1. Jeanette Ottesen (DEN) 24.62sec, 2. Darya Stepanyuk (UKR) 25.10, 3. Natalia Lovtcova (RUS) 25.17
1. Emily Seebohm (AUS) 27.90sec, 2.Mie Oe Nielsen (DEN) 28.05, 3. Daria Ustinova 28.52
1. Katie Meili (USA) 1min 06.68sec, 2. Breeja Larson (USA) 1:07.19, 3. Vitalina Simonova (RUS) 1:07.51
1. Claire Donahue (USA) 58.08sec, 2. Madeline Groves (AUS) 58.08, 3. Natalia Lovtcova (RUS) 58.42
1. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 1min 56.83sec, 2. Bronte Barrat (AUS) 1:57.15, 3. Melanie Margalis (USA) 1:58.30
1. Daria Ustinova (RUS) 2min 08.21sec, 2. Emily Seebohm (AUS) 2:09.61, 3. Daryna Zevina (UKR) 2:11.78
1. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 2min 10.68sec, 2. Zsuzsanna Jakobs (HUN) 2:12.15, 3. Nguen Thi Anh Vien (VIE) 2:12.33
1. Yuhan Zhang (CHN) 8min 30.60sec, 2. Diletta Carli (ITA) 8:32.12, 3. Martina Caramignoli (ITA) 8:37.03