Australia’s best-decorated Olympian Emma McKeon is at the head of a strong line-up for the first leg of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) Swimming World Cup in Berlin from tomorrow to Sunday (October 3rd).
McKeon had a historic Olympics , won four gold medals in Tokyo 2020 and is supported by his compatriots Zac Incerti, Matthew Temple, Madison Wilson, Kyle Chalmers, Leah Neale and Minna Atherton in the German capital.
McKeon won a total of seven medals in Japan and now has eleven Olympic medals – more than any other Australian.
Vladimir Morozov from Russia – overall men’s world cup winner in 2019 – and the reigning women’s champion Cate Campbell from Australia will both compete in Berlin.
The German marathon Olympic champion Florian Wellbrock will compete over 1500 meters, while Arno Kamminga from the Netherlands, the South African Chad Le Clos and the American Blake Pieron i will also fight for points.
Canada’s Olympic champions Kylie Masse and Margaret Mac Neil will also give star power to the three-day meeting.
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Around $ 224,000 (£ 166,000 / € 193,000) will go to the top 20 athletes in each stage and $ 556,000 (£ 412,000 / € 479,000) will be given to the top ten swimmers at the end of the series.
The Hungarian capital Budapest will host the second stop from October 7th to 9th, while Doha in Qatar will host the third event from October 21st to 23rd.
All four stops will be at 25 meters Pools and serve as qualification events for the postponed FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships, which will be held from December 16 to 21 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The 2021 edition is the 18th time that Berlin is hosting a world championship, the first in the 1988-1989 season.
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