Cate Campbell has capped off her stellar 2019 FINA Swimming World Cup tour, taking home overall honours in the women’s ranking.
After the conclusion of the seventh and final meet of the series in Doha (QAT) on November 7-9, the Aussie claimed the title – and a cool prize pool of $150,000 USD. With 357 points, the triple Olympian finished ahead of Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu (312 pts) and Sweden’s Michelle Coleman (174 pts).
It was Campbell’s best-ever participation in the competition, concluding her season in Doha with wins in the 50m and 100m free, as well as silver in the 50m butterfly.
Holding her new trophy, Campbell said racing in the FINA World Cup had been a terrific experience.
“It’s been so much fun, such tough racing in so many great cities and I’ve created wonderful memories,” she said.
“I look forward to celebrating with everyone and relaxing for a little bit now.”
Swimming Australia CEO Leigh Russell said Campbell should be very proud of her feat.
“On behalf of Swimming Australia, we’d like to congratulate Cate. This is an amazing achievement and she should be extremely proud of this accomplishment,” Russell said.
“To finish on top in such a high calibre competition speaks volumes of her work ethic and determination, and we look forward to watching her perform again soon when she takes part in the next ISL instalment for the London Roar.”
Not only was Campbell named the overall women’s winner, but she also secured victory as the cluster three winner, which follows on from her cluster two triumph back in October.
The 2019 edition of the FINA Swimming World Cup comprised of three clusters in seven prestigious locations, and distributed more than USD 2.5 million to the best athletes of the competition. All the meets of the series, held in 50m-pool, were qualifying events for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Vladimir Morozov from Russia was the overall winner for the men on 333 points.
This is not the first success for Morozov in this competition, as he was also the champion in 2018 and 2016, and second in 2017 and 2013. In Doha, the Russian ace won the 50m and 100m free, as well as the 50m back.