FINA Swimming World Cup series to start in Beijing

16:32, October 11, 2010      

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FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2010 series meet will kick off at the China's National Aquatics Center "Water Cube" on Tuesday in Beijing with 181 swimmers from 11 countries and regions competing.

The standard two-day World Cup short course competition, which started in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 10, includes 34 individual events.

It is the highest level of swimming event held in China after the 2008 Olympic Games.

China's top two leading swimmers, Olympic champion Liu Zige and world champion Zhang Lin are absent from the World Cup as Liu plans to attend the Dubai Short Course World Championships in December while Zhang Lin has now focused on the coming Asian Games to be held in Guangzhou, China in mid November.

Shang Xiutang, vice president of China Swimming Association, revealed there are about 60 Chinese swimmers to compete in the Beijing leg.

"'Water Cube' is a magic place which had produced 21 world records during the Beijing Olympic Games and had witnessed Michael Phelps winning eight gold medals. We hope our swimmers can swim well here for a better performance in the Asian Games," he said.

After the Beijing leg, the World Cup will come to Tokyo, Singapore, Berlin, Moscow and Stockholm.

Source: Xinhua


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