doha 2014

Doha – 6th December, 2014: Sports fans in Doha and across the world were not disappointed on the penultimate day of the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships as the records continued to flood in.

Florent Manaudou is proving the man to watch in Doha this week, setting another record this time in the men’s 50m backstroke with a time of 22.22. This marks the Frenchman’s second record of the Championships.

Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson got her chance to shine in the 100m breaststroke finals as her main rival, Ruta Meilutyte, failed to overcome her power and was left in silver medal position. To add salt to Meilutyte’s wound, Atkinson was also able to match the world record time set by Meilutyte in 2013 of 1:02.36, meaning the two now share the accolade.

She said: “I was pretty shocked, I’m not used to seeing my name up there at number one. Going into the last finish I saw Ruta beside me and I thought ‘please, just finish’. I was just focused on swimming straight to the wall.”

A third World Record performance on the night came from Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu who dazzled in the 200m Individual Medley. Crowds were on their feet at Hamad Aquatic Centre for the final 50m, sending Hosszu flying into the wall in a new record time of 2:01.86, her fourth world record and fourth gold medal of the championships.

“It was really good, everything is moving in the right direction. I try not to get too excited as I still have two more events so I’ll think about the world records on Monday. I am getting tired, but every race that is a World Record is special and doesn’t hurt so much.”

Hamad Aquatic Centre opened and closed with more world record breaking relay performances, first from Russia in the men’s 4x50m relay, and then from USA in the Mixed Freestyle 4x50m.

Matt Grevers said: “It was awesome, our team dynamic is great. In a sprint race anything is possible.”

Chad Le Clos set himself up to write history on the final day of the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships as he became 50m butterfly world champion. Having also won gold in the 100m butterfly, Le Clos is on course to become the first man in history to win all three butterfly events at a short course world championships.

He commented: “No one expected me to be able to get the triple but tomorrow I have a chance to do it. I’m confident I can deliver, hopefully. It’s something no one has done before so it would be great to get it.”

Away from the action in the pool, organisers have been praised for their staging of swimming’s showpiece event. "We are super satisfied with everything happening," FINA executive director Cornel Marculescu said. "We have the highest participation we've had at a world swimming championships (25m) ever."

With 17 World Records in three days and countless Championship Records set in Doha already, the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships is playing out in spectacular fashion in the capital, creating electric atmospheres and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to witness historic sporting moments.

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