The 2011 FINA Swimming World Cup kicked off in style over the weekend in Stockholm, Sweden, with three NSWIS athletes coming away with medals.
The pick of the medals came from Kenneth To, who won gold in the men’s 100m backstroke. To, who earlier this year finished seventh in the men’s 200m individual at the world championships, clocked 52.07 seconds. He then went on to clock a new personal best of 52.02 in the men’s 100m individual medley.
Fellow NSWIS athlete Geoff Huegill was also in form on day one, taking gold in the men’s 50m butterfly. Huegill won in 22.70 from Tyler McGill of the USA, just 0.20 outside his personal best, recorded in 2009 in the now banned ‘super suits’.
Matthew Abood and Eamon Sullivan began their world cup campaigns in the men’s 100m freestyle. Abood won bronze in a time of 48.16, while Sullivan touched in 48.36.
Huegill was the lone NSWIS medal winner on day two, picking up bronze in the men’s 100m butterfly by finishing with a time of 51.36, just 0.32 behind gold medallist McGill of the USA.
The men’s 50m freestyle saw Abood finish fourth and Sullivan finish fifth, with To also finishing fifth in the men’s 200m individual medley.
The next world cup takes place in Moscow, Russia from October 18-19.
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