Doha, The FNA Swimming World Cup Doha 2019, organized by Qatar Swimming Association (QSA), kicked off at the Hamad Aquatic Centre on Thursday. The opening ceremony was attended by HE First Vice President of the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) Sheikh Saud bin Ali Al-Thani, HE Secretary General of the QOC Jassim Rashid Al Buainain, Honorary President of the Arab Swimming Federation Yousef Al Saie, and President of QSA and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Championship Khalil Al Jaber, and a number of guests. Overall leaders Vladimir Morozov (RUS) and Cate Campbell (AUS) clinched gold medals on the first day of FINA Swimming World Cup Doha 2019 on Thursday. Katinka Hosszu (HUN) and South African star Chad Le Clos also thrilled their fans at the Hamad Aquatic Centre by winning gold medals, while Danas Rapsys (LTU) also grabbed the spotlight by completing a clean sweep of gold medals in men’s 400 freestyle with his seventh successive win. Morozov, who came to the seventh and final meet with a huge 87-point lead, further strengthened his position for over title after winning the thrilling men’s 50m freestyle final, clocking 21.83 – just fractions of a second ahead of Kosuke Matsui (JPN) 22.02 and Maxim Lobanovskij (HUN) 22.04. Campbell, meanwhile, was fastest (24.11) in the 50m freestyle final as she edged Michelle Coleman (SWE) 24.50, who won silver in an exciting finish. Campbell, who was leading Hosszu by 24 points in the overall rankings after Kazan meet, is still facing a tough competition from the Hungarian, who won the 200m butterfly title on Thursday. Hosszu clocked 2:08.60 for her 302nd World Cup victory, beating team-mate Zsuzsanna Jakabos (2:08.95). Multi-Olympic medalist, Le Clos took win in 100m butterfly with Jakub Majerski (POL) and Michael Andrew (USA) getting the next two positions respectively. In the men’s 400 freestyle, Rapsys was clinical as he took victory in 3:47.87 with Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR) 3:48.61 and Jan Micka (CZE) (3:50.20) taking silver and bronze medal. Yasuhiro Koseki (JPN) stunned cluster leader Anton Chupkov (RUS) in 100m breaststroke with a gold medal in 59.11. The Russian finished third with a time of 59.83 behind Arno Kamminga (NED) 59.25. Dutchwoman Kira Toussaint was the winner in women’s 50m backstroke with a time of 27.80, finishing ahead of Kaylee Mckeown (AUS) 27.92 and Emily Seebohm (AUS) 28.08. Australia’s Bradley Woodward clinched his maiden World Cup title with a victory in men’s 200m backstroke. Marlene Kahler (AUT) dominated the womens 400m freestyle, winning gold in 4:10.51. Hungary got their second gold medal of the day when Eszter Bekesi won the women’s 200m breaststroke. Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

Doha, Indian and Chinese juniors proved they are not too far behind their seniors by winning most of the accolades on the third day of the Asian Shooting Championships at the Lusail Shooting Complex yesterday.

Both countries claimed five gold medals each yesterday. Such was their domination that no other country managed to win a single gold on the day.

The stars for India were 14-year-old prodigy Esha Singh and 17-year-old Vivaan Kapoor who won one individual and team gold each. This was Kapoor's third gold of the championships, having won the mixed trap title earlier.

Singh clinched the gold in the 10m Air Pistol event for junior women by shooting 242.2, with South Korea's Jeong Hyo bagging the silver with a score of 237.3. India's Priya Raghav took the bronze with a total of 217.6. Singh also led throughout the qualification, scoring 579.

The Indian trio of Singh, Raghav and Yuvika Tomar also claimed the team gold with a cumulative score of 1721, with China claiming silver with 1702 and Chinese Taipei the bronze with 1687.

Meanwhile, Kapoor, a fast-rising youngster of whom there are great expectations, shot his way to gold in the Trap competition for junior men.

He led throughout the qualifications, staving off stiff competition from compatriot Bhowneesh Mendiratta. In the final, Kapoor shot 45, while Mendiratta had 42. China's Li Swei claimed the bronze.

Kapoor, Mendritta and Manavaditya Singh Rathore also clinched the team gold with a total of 347.2, while China and Kuwait finished second and third respectively.

Bhakti Bhaskar Khamkar won India's fifth gold of the day, besting the 50m Rifle 3 Positions Women Junior event with a dominating 453.1 in the final. China's Yu Jianuan who won silver finished with 448.7, more than four behind Bhakti. Bhakti, Ayushi Podder and Nishchal also won the team silver in the event. So did the trio of Niraj Kumar, Harshrajsinhji Gohil and Nitish Kumar in the 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men Junior event. Niraj also picked up the individual silver.

Meanwhile, Chinki Yadav stayed in the hunt for a quota spot for India in the women's 25m Pistol competition.

Chinki shot an exceptional 292 and will be looking to make the final on Friday and take a shot at clinching one of the four available Tokyo berths. Rahi Sarnobat has already secured the other quota place for India in the event in earlier competitions.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

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