As expected, Katinka Hosszú dominated the first edition of the Lausanne Swim Cup, taking place on December 17-18 in Switzerland.
The great Hungarian swimmer won eight gold medals and swam the best performance of the event (937 FINA points) in the women’s 400m IM (4:25.13). She also won the 400m free, 50m, 100m and 200m back, 100m fly, and 100m and 200m IM races. Katinka Hosszú is the “FINA Best Female Swimmer of the Year” in 2016 and was also number one at the 13th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), held in Windsor (CAN) from December 6-11, having triumphed in seven individual events! Her total medal tally for 2016 consists of 172 gold, 35 silver and 17 bronze medals, including 3 Olympic golds from Rio de Janeiro!
The best male performer in Lausanne was Marco Koch (GER), winner of the 100m and 200m breaststroke events. On the longer distance, he clocked 2:04.03 (916 points), while in the 100m race he left World Record holder Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) in second place (57.30 for the winner, 57.90 for the South African swimmer).
Koch recently established the WR in the 200m (2:00.44) event and won the gold in the 100m and 200m breaststroke races at the Windsor meet. In Switzerland, Van der Burgh earned gold in the 50m breaststroke race, finishing in 26.50.
The Lausanne meet was also attended by a strong French squad, with Melanie Henique and Mehdy Metella respectively winning the women’s and men’s 50m fly (Metella was also the best in the 100m fly race), Benjamin Stasiulis getting the gold in the men’s 50m and 100m back, Charlotte Bonnet triumphing in the women’s 100m and 200m free, and 50m breast, Anna Santamans being the fastest in the women’s 50m free, and Clément Mignon sharing the victory with Pieter Timmers (BEL) in the men’s 50m free event.
The Belgian star, silver medallist in the 100m free at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, had no difficulties in proving his superiority in Lausanne, winning two other titles, precisely in the 100m free (47.03), but also in the 200m free (1:44.03). Philip Heintz, from Germany, got the gold in the men’s 200m fly and 200m IM, while the rest of the Hungarian delegation was also in good shape: Dalma Sebestyen earned gold in the women’s 100m and 200m breaststroke events, Peter Bernek won the men’s 200m back race, while Zsuzsanna Jakabos dominated the women’s 200m fly, and David Verraszto triumphed in the men’s 400m IM.
17-year-old Michael Andrew (USA), one of the stars of the 2015 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, and recent winner of the men’s 100m IM in Windsor, was again the best in this race in Lausanne, stopping the clock at 53.11. It was surely one of the most thrilling races of the weekend, with four swimmers inside the 53-second mark: Koch was second in 53.18, Heintz got the bronze in 53.39, while Switzerland’s Jérémy Desplanches was fourth in 53.55. His teammate, Thomas Liess was the only Helvetic winner in Lausanne, touching first in the 400m free.
The Lausanne Swim Cup was closed by a festive Gala in the Olympic Museum, where the best performers of the meet received a special recognition from the Organisers. On this occasion, the dates for the second edition of the competition: were already announced: December 16-17, 2017.
Based on FINA Summary by Pedro Adrega