By Sharon Robb
November 11, 2017—On the opening day of the FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup Friday in Beijing, China, four swimmers each won two gold medals.
In front of their hometown fans at the National Aquatic Center Water Cube, China’s Xu Jiayu and Zhang Yuei were double winners. World champions Katinka Hosszu of Hungary and Olympic gold medalist Chad Le Clos of South Africa also were double winners.
Xu won the 50-meter backstroke in 23.09 just ahead of Florida State alum Pavel Sankovich of Belarus in 23.11. He was also a member of the winning 4×50-meter medley relay.
Le Clos won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:41.81 and 100-meter butterfly in 49.18.
Hosszu, the Olympic and world champion, won the 100-meter backstroke in 56.34 and 100-meter individual medley in 57.50.
Four-time Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson, 28, of SOFLO won the 50-meter breaststroke in 29.57. It was her fifth consecutive win in the event this season. In her second and final event of Day One, she went 1:02.06 in the 100-meter individual medley and failed to medal.
Fifteen-year-old Wang Jianjiahe of China set a world junior record in the women’s 400-meter freestyle in 3:59.69.
Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom won the 50-meter freestyle in 23.40.
Daiya Seto of Japan broke the meet record in the 400-meter individual medley in 3:58.20. The previous record was 3:58.69.
The 2017 World Cup Series features eight stops with Beijing being the sixth. The last two stops are Tokyo and Singapore. The Beijing competition continues on Saturday.
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