Some of the brightest talent from Australia to feature in the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup
Many of Australia’s up-and-coming swimmers, who are touted to be stars in future World Championships and Olympic games, will be coming to Singapore in November. Australia is well known for producing swimming stars such as ILibby Trickett and this will be an opportunity to see some of their future stars in action at the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup to be held on November 1st and 2nd at the Singapore Sports School.
One of the most anticipated battles will be between Singapore’s Tao Li and Australia’s Olympic gold medallist Felicity Galvez. Felicity is the current FINA World Short Course Champion in the 50m and the 100m Butterfly events, having won these events at the FINA World Swimming Championships (Short Course) held in Manchester in April 2008. Her presence at the Singapore leg of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup will set up an intriguing match-up with Singapore’s Olympic finalist Tao Li, who will challenge Felicity for the gold medal in the 50m and 100m Butterfly events in front of the Singapore fans. Felicity is also the world record holder in the 50m Butterfly (Short Course) and won gold medals in Beijing in the 4 x 100 metre medley and the 4 x 200 metre freestyle.
Bronte Barratt who was part of the team who won the gold in 4 x 200 metre Freestyle in the Beijing Olympics will also be coming down to Singapore. The Aussie 4 x 200 metre women’s team rewrote the world record with a time of 7min 44.31sec. Prior to her performance in Beijing, Bronte also won a gold and bronze at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. In 2007 she broke the oldest record in swimming for Australian women when she rewrote Tracey Wickham’s 29 year old record in the 400 metre freestyle with a time of 4min 05.93sec
Another Australian swimmer who has tasted victory in the Olympics is Alice Mills. Alice won gold in the 4 x 100 metre freestyle and 4 x 100 metre medley in Athens. Alice made her international debut at the 2002 Commonwealth Games at the young age of 16 and was part of the relay team that won gold in the 4 x 100 metre freestyle. Alice also did well in the 2003 World Championships getting three silver medals and a bronze. At the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne she matched her performance in Manchester by winning gold in the 4 x 100 metre freestyle along with three bronze medals. Having achieved all this at the age of just 22, Alice will surely be someone to look out for during the London Olympics in 2012.
Singapore hosted a round of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup for the first time last year. The event was sold out on both days as packed crowds came to watch over 100 elite athletes from over 13 countries battle for top honours. The crowds were not disappointed as they witnessed the first ever world record broken on Singapore shores when Natalie Coughlin of the United States broke the 100 metre short course world record with a time of 56.51secs. The FINA Technical Swimming Committee also gave its stamp of approval with the acknowledgement that the event was “world class”.
The FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup will be held at the Singapore Sports School from the 1st – 2nd November. Heats will be held at 9:30am and the finals at 5.30pm on both days. Tickets are $20 for single day, $30 for both days. Further discount available for purchases of over 50 tickets.
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