Published: Oct 14, 2012 07:51:56 AM Updated: Nov 13, 2012 12:10:04 PM
Australian swimmers have won five gold medals at the FINA World Cup in Stockholm overnight, with Wollongong local Robert Hurley picking up a double in the 100m backstroke and 400m freestyle.
The 24-year-old Hurley was joined on the top step of the podium by three fellow Aussie swimmers Tomasso D’Orsogna, Matt Targett and Rachel Goh as the European leg of the eight-meet series got underway in Sweden.
A former 50m backstroke short course world record holder, Hurley got the better of Russian Stanislav Donets and fellow Aussie Ashley Delaney to win his first gold of the night in 50.38, with Delaney taking bronze in 51.35.
Hurley then backed up to win the men’s 400m free in 3:43.75, more than a second ahead of long course world record holder Paul Biedermann from Germany, who finished in 3:45.14.
It was an all Aussie affair in the men’s 100m freestyle with West Australian D’Orsogna taking gold in a time of 47.05 ahead of NSWIS swimmer Kenneth To winning silver in 47.24 and Kyle Richardson bronze in 47.33.
In the women’s 50m backstroke Rachel Goh picked up yet another World Cup title winning in 26.94 over Sweden’s Magdalena Kuras (27.50), while Matt Targett won the 50m butterfly in 22.51, half a second ahead of Kenya’s Jason Dunford.
To and Richardson had to settle for silver and bronze respectively in the men’s 100m IM with George Bovell from Trinidad winning in a time of 51.56. A gold medallist in the event in Dubai last week and the Australian record holder, To finished in 51.75, with Richardson third in 52.78 and D’Orsogna seventh in 53.49.
The Stockholm leg of the FINA World Cup series will conclude tonight before moving on to Moscow. For full results go to www.fina.org