Fresh from breaking three World Cup records in Kazan last week, Sarah Sjostrom is set to make a splash again at the Hamad Aquatic Centre from today.
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In Kazan, five World Cup records were broken and Sjostrom rewrote the books in three of them. The 25-year-old, who is Sweden’s first Olympic swimming champion, shattered the meet timings in Kazan in the 50m freestyle (23.83 secs), 50m butterfly (25.39 secs) and 100m butterfly fly (57.42 secs).
Sjostrom is in no mood to let her guard down as she is eyeing an improved show in Doha.
“My last year’s competition in Doha was successful, and after that I won the overall title. I am targeting another good performance at this venue and hoping to be faster than in Kazan,” she told reporters yesterday.
Katinka Hosszu of Hungary is Sjostrom’s closest challenger, having also won five titles in Kazan. The Hungarian star ,famously known as ‘The Iron Lady’ is third in the rankings with 36 points behind Russia’s Yulia Efimova (42 points). “I have many great memories in Doha and I am excited to be back. I am hopeful of giving a good show and win more races,” she said.
Hosszu leads all money-earners with $11,500 in winnings through the Kazan World Cup. The five-time tour champion won five golds, three silvers and one bronze, plus swam on two bronze-medal mixed relays for Hungary.
No other athlete is yet over $7,500 after Kazan, which is the first of seven stops on the tour. Other top women swimmers who will be in action in Doha are Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Kira Toussaint from Netherlands, Yuliya Efimova.
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