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Morozov and Campbell crowned overall champions in Doha

Doha, Qatar: Vladimir Morozov (RUS) and Cate Campbell (AUS) lifted trophies for overall men and women’s titles as Doha wrapped up the seven-meet FINA Swimming World Cup 2019 series at the packed Hamad Aquatic Centre on Saturday.

Morozov and Campbell got richer by $150,000 for sealing the overall World Cup victories. The duo also won cluster 3 with 69 and 114 points respectively.   

While Morozov’s (333 points) World Cup title for the second year in a row was confirmed, Campbell (357 points) sealed the overall trophy after winning the 100m freestyle to beat Katinka Hosszu (HUN), who finished second with 312 points.

Michelle Coleman (SWE) finished overall third with 174 points in women’s field, while Lithuania's Danas Rapsys (234) and Dutchman Arno Kamminga (195) completed the top three overall rankings in men’s field.  

Meanwhile, Campbell clocked 52.61 for her victory on Saturday – her second gold in Doha this year.

Campbell said: “I really pushed myself hard this year and I couldn’t ask for a better World Cup campaign. Most importantly, I am happy with my time. I want to thank all the people who helped me made this possible.”  

Hosszu, who looked determined to win the overall title, clinched two more gold on the last night but fell short in the points tally. 

The Iron Lady was victorious in 100m butterfly and 200m IM to complete five victories in Doha. She clocked 58.19 in the fly and 2:09.89 in the IM finals.

“This is my second best time (100m butterfly), and I am very happy about it. Winning is always special,” said Hosszu.

Danas Rapsys also grabbed the spotlight after completing a clean sweep of titles in men’s 200m freestyle, clocking 1:45.50 for the victory.  

America’s Michael Andrew was another star on the final day, storming to victories in two finals. He clinched the men’s 50 butterfly in 22.94 – his second fastest time. Szebasztian Szabo (HUN) – 23.34 and Riku Poytakivi (FIN) 23.60 – claimed silver and bronze medals.

“My second sub 23, I am super happy. It’s a very nice way the tour. I will get back to training,” said Andrew. 

Barely 15 minutes after winning his first gold medal, Andrew returned to the pool to capture the 100m backstroke victory – his second of the night.

In a thrilling men’s 200m breaststroke final, Chupkov edged Arno Kamminga (NED) to win gold in 2:08.37. Kamminga touched the wall in 2:08.39 for second position.

Emily Seebohm (AUS) scooped women’s 200m backstroke gold after a close race with her team-mate Kaylee Mckeown. Seebohm clocked 2:08.54, while Grabowski was just behind, finishing the race in 2:11.31.

Seebohm also secured a bronze medal in 50m breaststroke, with Jhennifer Conceicao (BRA) claiming the title in 30.93.

In men’s 400m IM, Balazs Hollo (HUN) edged team-mate David Verraszto, securing the win in 4:15.17. Verraszto (4:15.46) was just fractions of a second behind and had to settle for a silver medal. Patrick Staber (AUT) completed the podium in 4:16.03.        

The women’s 800m freestyle title was captured by Tjasa Oder (SLO) in 8:34.65 while Australia clinched victory in mixed 4x100m medley relay followed by Chinese Taipei and Poland.

Over 200 swimmers from 44 countries took part in the FINA Swimming World Cup Doha 2019, which the Qatari capital hosted for the eighth consecutive year.

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