Hosszu (4:20IM) & Belmonte (3:54Fr) Crack 400m WRs

Katinka Hosszu and Mireia Belmonte, world record setters in Berlin today a week after Barcelona world champs [Photo: Patrick Kraemer]

Katinka Hosszu took down her sixth world record in five days with a 4:20.85 in the 400m medley as Berlin World Cup closes – first ever to hold a sweep of s/c medley global standards, 100 to 400; $114,000 in prizes for Hosszu; Mireia Belmonte wins boiling battle with Lauren Boyle (NZL) for a global mark of 3:54.52 in 400m free; European record and world textile best for Rikke Pedersen (DEN) in the 200m breaststroke

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Katinka Hosszu took down her sixth world record in five days with a 4:20.85 in the 400m medley as Berlin World Cup closes – first ever to hold a sweep of s/c medley global standards, 100 to 400; $114,000 in prizes for Hosszu; Mireia Belmonte wins boiling battle with Lauren Boyle (NZL) for a global mark of 3:54.52 in 400m free; European record and world textile best for Rikke Pedersen (DEN) in the 200m breaststroke

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SwimFanFinland

The argument concerning the complexity of a new scoring system was a good one. Until now I’ve pondered it probably too much from swimmers’ point of view. I do think that the new scoring system is better than the old one in persuading swimmers to participate in at least the part of the World Cup, i.e. one cluster. This is also one of the essential preconditions of making the World Cup more popular. Without top-notch swimmers it’s not going to happen.

On the other hand the new system added complexity in the scoring system. We must always imagine these from casual viewers’ point of view. So the question remains whether or not the new system is too complex for a random viewer to understand quickly? If the answer is yes, then the World Cup meets are just individual meets for big audience in which one can see some fast swimming. This is certainly not the purpose of the World Cup. The whole idea is to make the entirety of it compelling.

Oh, there were a couple of nice swims too! Congratulations to all the swimmers who helped to raise the standards of the World Cup.

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