Pavel Sankovich covered the 50m backstroke sprint within 25.27 seconds, behind season leader Camille Lacourt, of France. Third place went to Singapore’s Quah Zheng Wen.
Previously, Pavel covered the same distance during the World Cup first stage, in Moscow, within 25.28 seconds, finishing fourth. In France, he also came fifth in the 100m backstroke, with 54.96 seconds. Camille Lacourt took first place, with a time of 53.39 seconds.
The current season’s FINA World Cup is being held in a new format, over a long course rather than in a 25m swimming pool (as previously). The total World Cup prize fund totals $96,000: distributed across 32 individual events. An athlete will be awarded $10,000 for breaking a world record. The next World Cup stage will take place in Hong Kong, on September 25th and 26th.
By Kirill Pirogov