Doha, The second round of the FINA Swimming World Cup 2018, organized by the Qatar Swimming Association, kicked off at Hamad Aquatic Centre on Thursday.

The opening of the three-day event was attended by HE First Vice President of the Qatar Olympic Committee Sheikh Saud bin Ali Al-Thani, HE Second Vice President of Qatar Olympic Committee Thani Abdulrahman Al Kuwari, HE Secretary General of the Olympic Committee Jassim Rashid Al Buenain, Qatar Swimming Association President and head of the organizing committee of the championship Khaleel Al Jabir, FINA’s Executive Director Cornel Marculescu, and a number of the tournament’s guests.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom and American swimmer Michael Andrew set early pace as the FINA Swimming World Cup 2018 Thursday.

Sjostrom, who set a new World Cup record in women’s 50m freestyle heats in Kazan last week, continued her domination in the event claiming top position with a time of 24.21.

The duo from the Netherlands – Ranomi Kromowidjojo (24.78) and Femke Heemskerk (24.92) – finished second and third respectively.

Andrew, 19, was ahead of Ukraine’s Andrii Govorov and Russia’s Vladimir Morozov in the men’s 50m freestyle heats.

The American clocked 21.92 with Govorov finishing second with a time of 22.31. Morozov, who cracked World Cup record in the same event in last meeting, took 22.35 to reach the finish line.

It was Andrews second victory as he won the men’s 100m butterfly with a time of 52.55.

He was followed by Mathys Goosen (53.54) of the Netherlands, and Belgiums Dries Vangoetsenhoven, who finished the race in 53.59.

The men’s 200m backstroke saw Australia’s Mitchell Larkin easily take the gold in a time of 1:57.45. He was followed by Spain’s Manuel Bacarizo and Hungary’s David Verraszto.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee