As the FINA Swimming World Cup fast approaches in November, China has confirmed their list of participating swimmers for the three-day meet. Featuring a line-up of Olympic and Asian Games medalists, the Chinese contingent will pose a strong challenge to the other participants, with Zhu Meng Hui, Liu Ya Xin, Zhang Yu Fei, Xu Jia Yu, Yan Zi Bei, Li Zhu Hao, Wang Shun, Lin Xin Tong, and Ye Shiwen making up the lineup.
In particular, the participation of Li Zhu Hao sets up for a clash of titans between him and Singapore’s very own Olympic and Asian Games champion, Joseph Schooling. Both swimmers last met at the Asian Games in Jakarta in August where the latter touched the wall first in the 100m Butterfly with an Asian Games record time of 51:04 seconds. Spectators can look forward to the exciting rematch in the pool as both swimmers will aim to reign supreme in the short-course pool.
Up and coming sprint Freestyle and Butterfly specialist, Zhang Yufei, looks set for a match-up in the pool with FINA Swimming World Cup regular, SarahSjöström. Zhang had a successful Asian Games programme, leaving Jakarta with a gold in the 200m Butterfly, a silver in the 100m Butterfly and another gold for the 4 x 100m Mixed Medley. Two of her team mates in the 4 x 100m Mixed Medley – Zhu Menghui and Xu Jiayu – will also make the trip to Singapore.
Zhu, a double silver medalist at the Asian Games (100m Freestyle, 4 x 100m Freestyle) will bring a fresh challenge to Sjöström and Katinka Hosszu, who are currently in first and second place respectively on the FINA Swimming World Cup leaderboard. Over in the men’s field, fast times can be expected from Xu a 2018 Asian Games double gold medalist in the 50m and 200m Backstroke. The 23-year-old swimmer clocked the world’s third fastest time in 2018 for his win in the 200m Backstroke, overtaking Mitch Larkin from Australia, who sits in second place on the FINA Swimming World Cup leaderboard. Breakout star of the 2012 Summer Olympics, Ye Shiwen, will also make an appearance in Singapore. A then 16-year-old Ye wowed when she clinched the gold medal in record breaking time for the 400m Individual Medley in London. She held the record for four years before Hosszu took over the mantle and clinched the gold medal for the same event at the 2016 Summer Olympics with a record time of 4:26:35.
The final leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup is set for an exciting finale with several crowd favourites Emily Seebohm (AUS), Michael Andrew (USA), Vladimir Morozov (RUS), Yulia Efimova (RUS) and more. Local heroes such as Roanne Ho, Jonathan Tan and Glen Lim, who attained impressive results at the recent Asian Games will also be aiming for another successful meet.
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