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-    World Records from Hosszu, Le Clos and Brazilian relay team
-    Qatar’s best swimmers compete with pride in Doha

Doha – 4th December, 2014: Doha continues to set the pace on day two of the 12th FINA World Swimming Championships as fans played witness to an astonishing three World Record breaking moments, adding to the day one tally to make a total of six world records set in Doha so far.

With the sporting world watching the Qatari showpiece, Hungary’s Iron Lady, Katinka Hosszu, bounced back from second place finishes at the hands of her rival Mireia Belmonte Garcia on day one to prove her steel once again and post a new World Record in the 100m backstroke. For the second night running, a capacity crowd came alive in the final stretch of the race and cheered her home in 55.03.

“I’m pretty excited. I am a bit tired as I had a couple of races today but the World Record pushes that out of the way,” Hosszu said.

“That was my sixth World Record this season but it ranked high up there as the event is not really ‘my’ event. I honestly wasn’t thinking of the record, I was just trying to do my best and I was shocked afterwards.”

Breaking records in the men’s competition, Chad Le Clos thrilled fans in Doha and around the world when he made good on his promise to set a World Record in the 100m butterfly. He said: “There was lots of pressure my shoulders and I wanted to show the world that I am the best swimmer in the world.”

“I think timing is important to get the World Record - you have to race to win. I think a lot of people would have questioned me if I hadn’t got the record, so I’m very happy!”

Qatar’s most talented swimmers also continued in action today at Hamad Aquatic Centre, with support from home crowds. Nada Arkaji, who competed for Qatar at the London 2012 Olympic Games, lined up as one of the best 50m butterfly swimmers in the world in morning heats. She commented:

“I’m very happy to represent my country in such a big event. Hearing the crowd cheer my name made me feel great and I’m very proud.”

Abdulrahman Al Kawari also took part in today’s 400m Individual Medley heats. He said:

“Racing in Qatar my home town, that’s different to racing anywhere else - it is more rewarding. I feel comfortable since I’m among my people, family and friends. I watch other swimmers with great experience and learn from them. I learn what they do before the race, during and after; I try and pick up some tips in order for me to improve especially as I’m still young.”

Elsewhere, Team Brazil saw success with a new World Record in the men’s 4x50m Medley Relay, setting a time of 1:30.51. Records continued to tumble at the feet of the Brazilians when Felipe Franca Silva posted a new Championship Record of 56.29 in the men’s 100m breaststroke.

With six World Records in two 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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