The second round of the FINA Swimming World Cup 2018, as organized and hosted by the Qatar Swimming Association, will return to Doha for the seventh consecutive year from September 13 (tomorrow Thursday) until the 15th (Saturday).
One of the most highly-anticipated sports events of the year, the FINA is already proving to be a must-see event with more than 44 countries and 320 swimmers having registered their interest to compete in Doha—more than ever at a World Cup event in Doha.
This year's games will be different from the last six years. First is it will be held on a 50-metre-long course and will last three days. Previously, FINA was contested over a short course of only 25 metres and finished within two days.
Taking place at the Hamad Aquatic Centre, swimming fans in Doha will once again convene and come to life as the world’s fastest and most competitive swimmers take to the water to battle for World Cup glory. As a qualifying event for the 18th FINA World Championships 2019 in Gwangju and the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) 2018 in Hangzhou, fans can expect even more explosive action in the pool from World Champions, World Record holders and Olympians as they look to secure their place at the next world championships.
This year's FINA will consist of seven rounds. The first round has just concluded in Kazan (September 7-9), this weekend in the Qatari capital, the third one in Eindhoven (September 28-30), fourth round in Budapest (October 4-6), the fifth round in Beijing (2-4 November), the sixth round in Tokyo (November 9-11) and the seventh and final round in Singapore (November 15-17). The first two legs will be contested over a 50-metre course, while the rest over short course of 25 metres.
Doha swimming fans will be hoping to catch notable athletes like South Africa’s Chad le Clos and Sweden's Sarah Sjostorm—who had won the men's and women's World Cup titles last year, respectively.
Three-time Olympian Katinka Hosszú is another name sports fans will be eager to see return to Doha for this year’s World Cup. The ‘Iron Lady,’ who has a stronger FINA Swimming World Cup track record last year at the Doha meet alone, has four Gold Medals and one silver Medal.
The event is the second international swimming event to be hosted by Qatar this year. The first round of the 10-kilometre Open World Swimming Championships was held recently in Doha, in which Dutchman Ferry Fertman and his wife Sharon van Ruendal won first place in their respective categories.
The full athlete line-up will be announced by the QSA shortly. To keep updated with the freshest info, make sure to check out their website and social media links below!
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