The Swimming World Cup starts at Kazan, Russia this September and continues in Doha, Eindhoven and Budapest. Hungarian star-swimmers such as Katinka Hosszú, Zsuzsanna Jakabos and Dávid Verrasztó are representing the country.
Following the 2017 FINA Swimming World Championships, Hungary hosts another outstanding swimming-related event. Competitors of the FINA Swimming World Cup will come to Hungary in October, as the fourth stop of the event series.
The World Cup has been launched in 1988 and has brought together world-class swimmers ever since. The championships take place in nine locations each year, each city representing a cluster (Middle East, Europe and Asia) from August until October.
The total prize money of the competition is US$ 2.5 million. The women’s and men’s winners can attain US$ 150,000, while those with the silver and bronze medal will receive US$ 100,000 and US$ 50,000 rewards.
The event series is to start on 7 September in Kazan, Russia, lasting altogether two days. The former FINA World Championships organizers will be the first to host the contesters this year.
Afterwards, the competitions continue in Doha, Eindhoven, and finally, Budapest in October, the first time in the history of the World Cup.
As the organizer company of Duna Arena, Bp2017 Nonprofit Kft. has been informed, several headliners will celebrate the start of the Cup at the official opening in Kazan. From Hungary, the outstanding champion, Katinka Hosszú, Zsuzsanna Jakabos and Dávid Verrasztó will participate, but others, such as the Brazilian Felipe Lima, the Russian Kiril Prigoda, Vlagyimir Morozov and Julia Jefimova, and the American Michael Andrew will also be present.
The Swedish Sarah Sjöström and the South African Chad le Clos, former champions will also be part of the outstandingly strong field this year.
Dr Csaba Sós, head coach of the Hungarian national swimming team, has confirmed that, besides the world-famous and elite swimmers, the great talents of the future will also have a chance to prove themselves in the competitions in Budapest.
Organizers had some professional changes in the program: while in Kazan and Doha contesters have to compete in 50 m pools, at all other locations the pools will be halved to 25 m. Competitors can demonstrate their powers in 34 single contests and 2 relays. The Danube Arena will be specifically re-designed for the occasion, similarly to the re-adjustment for the AIBA Youth World Championships recently.
Featured image: Dávid Virrasztó, Facebook.com/uszoszovetseg
Source: Duna Arena