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Doha-leg of FINA Swimming World Cup stars from tomorrow

DOHA: The Doha leg of FINA World Cup will begin here tomorrow with exciting races on the cards at the Hamad Aquatic Center, Aspire Zone.

Tokyo 2020 and Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallist Emma McKeon (AUS) and first time Olympian Matthew Sates (RSA) are among the top-ranked swimmers, who will take part in the FINA Swimming World Cup in Qatar. 

“I am very happy to be here in Doha for the third leg after the Berlin and Budapest meets. It is very nice to see the athletes back in action after difficult times of COVID-19,” said FINA President Husain Al Musallam.

McKeon and Sates have each won $22,000 (US) in FINA Prize money from the first two events and will be looking to add to their winnings in the final two editions which conclude at the end of the month.

These two athletes and many other swimmers arrived in Doha, the third edition and the only one swum on the Asian continent, after competing in Berlin (GER) and Budapest (HUN) meets. 

The third leg of the 2021 FINA Swimming World Cup will feature 77 of the world’s best short course swimmers tomorrow for the three-day 25m swimming event. 

We are looking forward to exciting races in Doha. We are hopeful that it would be another memorable experience for all the participants. We wish best of luck to all the athletes,” said Qatar Swimming Association President Khaleel Al Jabir.

Twenty six different national federations will be represented including 14 swimmers from Korea, the largest delegation, followed by the host nation.

Entry for the public will be free of charge, but subject to MoPH Covid-19 protocols. Finals start at 6.00pm on all three days.

A total of 50 male and 27 female swimmers will be competing.

Doha will mark 10 years of organising an event leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup series.  (Source: Fina, QSA)

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