Big names to make splash at new pool

Big names to make splash at new pool
Gold medallist England's Francesca Halsall poses on the podium during the Women's 50m Freestyle Medal Ceremony at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on July 26, 2014. She will be among the swimming stars showcasing their talent at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.

SINGAPORE - The world's elite are set to converge in Singapore once again for the Fina Swimming World Cup at the OCBC Aquatic Centre on Nov 1-2.

Top names like Olympic gold medallist Chad le Clos, Commonwealth Games winner Francesca Halsall and Asian record holder Daiya Seto have confirmed their participation in Singapore.

The meet is part of a series of short course (25 metres) competitions organised by the sport's governing body. The world's top swimmers compete in legs in Doha, Dubai, Hong Kong, Moscow, Beijing, Tokyo and Singapore in a bid to finish in the overall top three to win prize money.

Singapore, which started hosting the Fina World Cup in 2007 at the Sports School, will be represented by butterfly specialist Tao Li, Danny Yeo and Amanda Lim.

Tao, 24, said: "I am excited to be part of the Singapore leg of the Fina World Cup and I am hoping to do well in the women's 50m butterfly event because I won a silver medal last year.

"This is the first time that I will be swimming at the OCBC Aquatic Centre and it gives me the opportunity to experience the venue where I hope to excel in next year's SEA Games."

Singapore Swimming Association president Lee Kok Choy added: "With world-class international swim stars like Chad le Clos, Katinka Hosszu and Daiya Seto coming to town, it will give our local swimmers a fantastic opportunity to compete side by side against them in a bid to prepare for next year's SEA Games."

Undoubtedly, South African le Clos, who is the overall men's winner last year, will be the main attraction.

The 22-year-old pipped Michael Phelps to the 200m butterfly gold at the London Olympics and has been a serial winner at the Commonwealth Games.

Adding star power, too, is Britain's Halsall, the freestyle and butterfly specialist with multiple Commonwealth Games golds.

Fans can look forward to a new feature of the Fina Swimming World Cup in Singapore by participating in the Yakult Relay Challenge, sponsored by the beverage maker, in between the heats and finals from 1 to 3pm during both days of the meet.

Swimmers can form a team of four by purchasing a package ticket in order to compete in three relay categories - Family, Masters (35 years and above) and Open - to land cash prizes of up to $1,000.

In addition to the meet, the aquatic stars will also conduct a swim clinic at the OCBC Aquatic Centre a day after the meet on Nov 3 while le Clos and Seto will meet and greet fans at the Kallang Wave Mall on Oct 31.

meng@sph.com.sg

Ticket details

Tickets to the Fina Swimming World Cup held at the OCBC Aquatic Centre from Nov 1-2 are now available through SportsHubTix's website.

Prices range from $207.50 for a two-day premium poolside seat to $37.50 for free seating in the East Stand for only the heats.

Daily tickets start from $31 for Category 2 seats to $124 for a premium seat.

Packages for multiple tickets, as well as entries to participate in the relay and swim clinic, are also available.


This article was first published on October 10, 2014.
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