There was a plethora of great performances at the second leg of the Mare Nostrum tour in Canet. Many swimmers travelled across from Monaco to continue the tour, however a number of additional international teams joined the travelling athletes in the South of France including groups from Japan and China. With many excellent swims, it is difficult to list them all, but here are the SwimWords top 5 performances from the two-day competition.
The top 5 swims were selected by considering the following:
- FINA points scored
- Margin of victory
- Where the swim is ranked in the World
- Previous swims and victories already secured in the Canet finals.
Canet Mare Nostrum Full Results
No.5: Anton Govorov – Men’s 50m Butterfly
Govorov swam a meet record in Canet with a time of 22.94. Although this is not an Olympic event, you cannot deny the shear dominance the Russian has in this event. No other man has gone under the 23 second barrier anywhere in the world, and after beating the field by three quarters of a second, Govorov seems now to be able to take victory at will. With the swim scoring a whopping 934 FINA points, this performance gets 5th on the list.
No.4: Katinka Hosszu – Women’s 200m Individual Medley
Having already won the 50 and 200 Backstroke events in the same evening of the finals session, Hosszu stepped up once again and dominated the 200 IM in a time of 2.08.93. Not only was this a meet record the Hungarian star posts another time that is faster than anyone else in the world in 2016. After such a heavy programme it almost defies believe the consistent speed that the ‘Iron Lady’ can hold; just in this finals session she then went on to clock a 1.56.8 in the 200 freestyle and only was only beaten by 0.01 seconds to an in form Charlotte Bonnet.
No.3: Katinka Hosszu – Women’s 200 Backstroke
Just by the fact that Hosszu makes two appearances in this top 5 highlights how well she is swimming but also her ability to excel in back to back races with a short turnaround. This time her meet record swim of 2.06.88 in the 200 metres Backstroke earns her the number 3 spot in this list. Whether it is the meet records, the prize money, or even the incessant high-pitched screams of her husband and coach on poolside while she races that spurs Hosszu on, she is putting together a collection of performances that no one else can match. Even Katinka herself looked surprised after this one.
No.2: Kosuke Hagino – Men’s 400 Individual Medley
If you want to watch a classy swimmer making one of the hardest events in the swimming programme look incredibly easy, then this is your man. Hagino swam this race pretty much on his own, leading from start to finish, stopping the clock a huge five seconds ahead of the field. His time of 4.09.52 has only been bettered by himself in 2016 and it only consolidates him as the World No.1 in this event. Making this swim even more impressive was the fact that Hagino only 20 minutes earlier had taken victory in the 200 backstroke final, making that too look effortless in a time of 1.58.29
No.1: Anton Chupkov – 200 Breaststroke
Chupkov smashed his personal best time and the Russian National record to shock the German World No.1 Marco Koch in the Canet sun. Letting Koch go out a little faster to the half way mark, the young Russian, with his slightly unorthodox up-and-down and jerky style, went past the German in the final 25 metres. The smooth stroking Koch picked up his rate to try and react to the Russian, but he couldn’t anticipate the strength and even faster and almost extreme stroke rate Chupkov was able to produce. A stroke rate that showed similarities, not only to a computer game, but to the way his team mate and World No.2 Yulia Efimova has swum the event in the past. His winning time of 2.08.53 earnt him a massive 964 FINA points and the top spot in this Canet list.
The third and final leg of the Mare Nostrum tour moves on to Barcelona on the 11th and 12th June.