Katinka Hosszu, Sarah Sjöström, Chad Le Clos, Cameron van der Burgh, Kyle Chalmers, Cate and Bronte Campbell and other top swimmers will participate in the FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup Eindhoven presented by EIFFEL in the Pieter van den Hoogenband Zwemstadion on 11-12 August.
The registration for the third World Cup of the season only closes this weekend, but the preliminary entry list of the World Cup in Eindhoven already contains many big names. Next week, these swimmers are among the top favourites at the World Championships in Budapest.
Katinka Hosszu is the big crowd favourite during the World Championships. Especially on the 200 and 400 m medley, the Hungarian is the woman to beat. After the World Championships in her home country, Hosszu will focus on the World Cup season. The three-time Olympic champion of Rio de Janeiro won the overall World Cup classification for the past five seasons.
Both in Budapest and Eindhoven all eyes will also turn to Sarah Sjöström. She has the fastest season time on the 50 and 100 m freestyle and 100 m butterfly. Sjöström won gold in Rio on the 100 m butterfly by setting a new world record. In Eindhoven Sjöström starts at the 50 m butterfly and 100 and 200 m freestyle. On the first two distances she will take on Ranomi Kromowidjojo during the World Cup.
Another big name who will be racing in Eindhoven is Kyle Chalmers. The Australian is currently the Olympic champion on the 100 m freestyle. The 19-year-old will not be racing in Budapest for the World Championships as he had heart surgery in June. Chalmers is currently back in training and will make his first appearance since surgery in August. In Eindhoven he will race the 50 and 100 m freestyle.
The Australian swimming team will bring their best swimmers to Eindhoven. The team will be captained by Bronte and Cate Campbell. Bronte Campbell is the reigning world champion on the 100m freestyle, whereas sister Cate Campbell is world record holder at that distance. At the Olympic Games in Rio, the two sisters were part of the golden Australian team at the 4 x 100 m freestyle.
Mireia Belmonte, the Spanish reigning Olympic 200 m butterfly champion, will also be racing in the Netherlands for the World Cup.
Other big names at the start in Eindhoven are Olympic gold medallists Cameron van der Burgh (South Africa), Chad Le Clos (South Africa), Ruta Meilutyte (Lithuania). Federica Pellegrini (Italy), Olympic champion of Beijing, has also signed up for the World Cup at the Pieter van den Hoogenband zwemstadion.
Dutch team at full strength
Earlier it was confirmed that the Netherlands will appear at the World Cup with their best swimmers. Ferry Weertman, who became world champion last week by winning the 10 km open water, will be in action the 400 and 1500 m freestyle events in Eindhoven. Ranomi Kromowidjojo has signed up for the 50 m butterfly and 100 m freestyle.