2011 FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup resumes in Singapore on November 4th
After a break of almost two weeks, the 2011 FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup resumes in Singapore on November 4th for the fifth leg of the seven-meet series. Co-sponsored by global waterwear brand, Arena, the Asian leg kicks off in the Singapore Sports School Swimming Complex before moving on to Beijing (November 8th-9th) and finally Tokyo (November 12th-13th). Previous meets in the annual series were held in Dubai (October 7th-8th), Stockholm (October 15th-16th), Moscow (October 18th-19th), and Berlin (October 22nd-23rd).
Leader on the men’s side going into Singapore is Arena Elite Team member Chad Le Clos with 86 points, 16 ahead of his closest rival. The 19-year-old South African has competed in all four meets so far, racking up 10 golds, six silvers, and a bronze medal. “The World Cup has been an exciting ride so far,” said Le Clos. “The events have been well attended and organized, and it’s a great platform to build on and expose swimming globally.” In Singapore he aims “…to recapture and maintain the momentum built over the previous four legs, and hopefully swim fast as well. If I can swim at my best and execute my race plan, I’ll be happy.”
Also competing in Singapore is fellow Elite Team member Therese Alshammar, who comes into the meet in second place on the women’s list with 45 points, 25 behind leader Missy Franklin, whose 200m backstroke effort in Berlin broke the world short course record and earned her an extra 20 bonus points. Alshammar has won eight gold medals and a silver in three appearances. “The Asian leg is a favourite of mine,” she said, “because the meets are in warmer weather, very well organized, and half way to Australia, so this year it's perfect!” The 34-year-old evergreen champion from Sweden trains for part of the year in Sydney, making the Asian meets a natural stopover to her escape from the northern European winter.
The Singapore meet also features a large contingent from Australia, including former Olympic and world champion, Ian Thorpe, who is making his comeback in preparation for the 2012 Olympics in London.