Stardust at the sports school

Stardust at the sports school
Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu, a three-time Olympian, is in fine form.

The upcoming Fina Swimming World Cup leg (short course) here will boast eight world champions among the record number of international entries this year.

World and Olympic breaststroke champion Daniel Gyurta of Hungary (above) will join his compatriot Katinka Hosszu, Yuliya Efimova (Russia), Cate Campbell and Christian Sprenger (both Australia) at the Singapore Sports School on Nov 5 and 6.

This is in addition to Olympic and world champion South African Chad le Clos, Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom and Holland's Ranomi Kromowidjojo, who had confirmed their participation in Singapore earlier.

The competition will also see the return of China's Tang Yi, who won six gold medals here in 2010 at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games. She went on to win a bronze in the 100m freestyle at the London Olympics last year.

In total, the two-day competition will see 25 international swimmers who won medals at either the World Championships in Barcelona earlier this year, or at the London Olympics in 2012, or both.

Organisers the Singapore Swimming Association on Tuesday announced Volkswagen Group Singapore as their official car partners for this year's meet.

Officials and swimmers will be chauffeured in the latest Volkswagen cars like the Tiguan R-Line, the first model in the exclusive Volkswagen R-Line range to be offered in Singapore, throughout their stay.

Said Ang Peng Wee, the local meet's organising chairman: "We are counting down to a very exciting two-day Fina Swimming World Cup at the Singapore Sports School.

"With star swimmers such as Alicia Coutts, Emily Seebohm and Tang Yi joining the likes of Chad le Clos, Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Katinka Hosszu in Singapore, fans will be in for a thrilling experience.

"We are thankful to the many sponsors and supporters... for being part of this great event."

The Republic is the sixth of eight stops in the World Cup series, and the first in the Asian cluster, with swimmers heading to Tokyo and Beijing for the final two stops.

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