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FINA Swimming World Championship 2018 Preview

The best female aquatic athletes in the world will be heading to Hangzhou, China for the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships. Over 900 men and women from approximately 150 different nations are expected to participate in the six-day event between December 11th and December 16th. If you are looking for odds and probabilities for who will win the events, you can start by checking this BetOnline Review.

An Interesting Short-Course

Hangzhou is the capital of China’s Zhejiang province and is known for being one of the most advanced and modern communities in China. This is apparent with the facilities that are going to be used to host the FINA World Championships.

Thanks to Myrtha Pools advanced technology, a 25-meter short-course will be installed over the tennis facility at the Hangzhou Olympic and International Expo Center as well as a warm-up pool in an adjacent building. The pools themselves are free-standing and made of mechanically secured stainless steel with PVC waterproofing. The high-precision construction method eliminates the need for welding or digging holes, allowing for much faster pool construction.


The great part about this pools being built for the Swimming World Championship in Hangzhou is the fact that after the tournament is finished the temporary pools will be moved to a nearby location for permanent use by the community.

Who to Keep an Eye On Freestyle

Sara Sjostrom is the top name to look out for during the championships when it comes to short-course sprint freestyle. Ranked #1 in the world for the 50m, #2 in the 100m, #1 in the 200m, you better believe that she will make a strong showing. Sara smashed through the competition in the final cluster of the World Cup in Singapore in mid-November, winning both the 50m and 100m.

Femke Heemskerk, who is ranked 3rd, 3rd, and 2nd respectively, is coming off a Singapore World Cup win at the 200m freestyle and a second place finish at the 100m. She is the most likely to challenge for the medals at these two distances.


But can anyone take the 50m away from Sara Sjostrom in China this December? Netherlanders, Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Femke Heemskerk, and Denmark’s, Pernille Blume are the usual suspects typically rounding out the top-four in the 50m Free. Each one of these fantastic athletes has a great shot of dethroning the top-ranked Swede.

Butterfly

Both Ranomi and Sara’s names come up again in sprint butterfly where they are ranked 1st and 2nd in the 50m respectively. But from there, Ranomi falls out of the butterfly rankings Sara Sjostrom is number-three in the world at the 100m but the USA’s Kelsi Dahlia is No. 2 and Brazil’s Daynara De Paula is No. 1, changing the shape of the rankings for this stroke as the distance increases.

Enter Katinka Hosszu

The Hungarian is the top-ranked 200m butterfly competitor and individual medley matriarch. Hosszu leads the pack in the short-course 100m, 200m, and 400m individual medley. But she has Sara Sjostrom right on her heels in the 100m. In fact, Sara took the gold medal for the 100m individual medley in Singapore just a couple of week ago. So, we should see a heated competition between these two in both the 100m medley and


Final Thoughts

We know that there are many world-class athletes that we didn’t mention. But there are too many events and too many great athletes to cover them all. What we can expect from the Swimming World Championship is the most exciting and highest level of competition in swimming to close out 2018.

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