Doha, October 06 (QNA) – The second round of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World for the short course, 25m, kicked off Saturday in Qatar at the Hamad Aquatic Center in Aspire Zone.
The qualifications for the round two finals took place in the morning amidst a strong presence from supports. The finals were then held in the afternoon, Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu the gold medal for the 800m freestyle, which she finished in 8:29:31 minutes.
Defending World Cup champion Therese Alshammar won the 100m butterfly. The Swedish international finished the race in 57:22 seconds. Alshammar holds the world record for the 50m butterfly. Her compatriot, Jennie Johansson in turn won the 100 breaststroke. She finished the race in 1:06:11 minutes.
President Of The Qatar Swimming Association Khalil Al Jaber, who is also Chair of the Organizing Committee, awarded the winners with their medals.
Speaking to Qatar News Agency (QNA) today, Al Jaber praised the contestants for their performance and hailed the first day of the World Cup in Qatar as “excellent.”
He also issued a vote of confidence in the Qatari swimmers who competed in today’s competition, saying that taking part in the World Cup will surely add to their experience. He gave a special mention to 17 year-old Qatari swimmer Nada Arkaji who made it through to the finals of day 1. (QNA)