Doha, October 21 (QNA) - HE President of Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani attended the opening day competitions of the third meet of the FINA Swimming World Cup (25m) series at the Hamad Aquatic Center on Thursday.
The competitions were also attended by FINA President Husain Al Musallam, HE the QOC Secretary-General Jassim Rashid Al Buenain, and QSA President Khaleel Al Jabir. This prestigious event brings together 115 swimmers from 25 countries.
Japan's Dalya Seto won the 100m medley final in a time of 51.56 seconds and secured 873 FINA points for his efforts. The Japanese swimming star edged Sates the overall ranking leader in the ongoing FINA World Cup series - into second spot as the South African clocked a time of 51.74 seconds in what turned out to be an exciting battle.
Korea's Sunwoo Hwang grabbed the bronze out of a field of 10 swimmers on the starting ramp. Hwang clocked 52.74 seconds.
Matthew Sates won the 400m freestyle gold to underline his intentions in Doha this week. Sates sealed the deal in a time of 3:38.64 and picked up a tally of 914 FINA points.
Lithuania's Danas Rapsys grabbed the silver in a time of 3:38.88. Estonia's Kregor Zirk was the third-best (3:42.35). Qatar's Nour Eddine Kheddache (4:20.91) also featured in the finals.
In the women's 100m medley final, Swiss star Maria Ugolkovaon overcame a strong field of nine swimmers to win the gold in a time of 58.82 seconds. Ugolkova also picked up 886 FINA points.
Sweden's Michelle Coleman finished in second spot in a time 59.18 seconds while Belgium's Fanny Lecluyse grabbed the bronze (1:00.09).
In the men's 50m freestyle final, Russian star Vladimir Morozov added to his personal collection of gold medals after a long break by winning in a time of 20.89 seconds.
Morozov also collected 898 points for his convincing win. Kyle Charlmers of Australia (21.02 seconds) and Dutch swimmer Jesse Puts (21.13 seconds) grabbed the silver and bronze to complete the top three.
In the women's 50m freestyle final, Dutch swimmer Ranomi Kromowidjojo produced a flying start to win the gold medal in a time of 23.46 seconds. Australian pair of Emma McKeon (23.54) and Madison Wilson (23.90) finished with a silver and bronze respectively.
In the men's 100m breaststroke final, Dutchman Arno Kamminga showed amazing speed to grab the gold medal in a time of 56.35 seconds in a field of 10 entries. Germany's Fabio Schwingenschlogl (56.63 seconds) and Russia's Anton Chupkov (57.56 seconds) completed the top three.
In the women's 200m breaststroke final, Russian star Yulia Efimova produced a near-flawless routine to win the gold in 2:22.19. South African swimmer Emily Visagie (2:23.20) won the silver while Back Suyeon of Korea settled for a bronze (2:23.22).
In the men's 100, butterfly final, American swimmer Tom Shields beat a strong field to win the gold in 49.46 seconds. Hungary's Szebasztian Szabo grabbed the silver (49.92) while Belgium's Louis Croenen bagged the bronze (51.54 seconds).
In the women's 200m backstroke final, Hungary's Zsuzsanna Jakabos sealed the deal with a six-entry field clocking a time of 2:06.23 to win the gold. Switzerland's Maria Ugolkova clinched the silver (2:06.47) while Slovakia's Katja Fain was third-best (2:09.90).
In the men's 200m backstroke final, South African star Pieter Coetze clinched the gold medal in a time of 1:52.09 finishing ahead of joint silver medalists Israel's YakavToumarkin (1:52.98) and Lee Juho (Korea, 1:52.98). Qatar's Ibrahim Al Hilal (2:18.62) also featured in the race.
In the women's 50m backstroke final, Dutch swimmer Kira Toussaint emerged winner in a time of 25.93 seconds while Australia's Holly Barratt finished second-best (26.47). Germany's Annika Bruhn was third in a time of 28.42.
In the women's 400m freestyle final, Australian Olympic Games star Madison Wilson produced the first win of the Doha event by clocking a time of 4:03.58. Italy's Simona Quadarella clinched the silver medal with a time of 4:03.74. Australian swimmer Leah Neale grabbed the bronze in a time of 4:05.66. (QNA)