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Quadarella grabs gold as she retakes world 1500m freestyle title

Other Sports 2024-02-14, 10:28pm


Doha,14 Feb - Simona Quadarella regained the 1500m
freestyle world title in Doha on Tuesday while the United States dominated
the backstroke and Hwang Sun-Woo reached out to grab his first world title

Quadarella, a 25-year-old Italian, won her first world title in the longest
pool distance in Gwangju, South Korea, in 2019, when the dominant women's
middle-distance swimmer, Katie Ledecky was absent, ill.

The American has won every major 800m and 1500m since then, but with Ledecky
skipping Doha ahead of the Paris Olympics, Quadarella leapt up to the top
step of the podium with a dominating swim.

She finished in 15min 46.99sec, 9.63sec ahead of Li Bingjie of China with
German Isabel Gose just behind in third. None of the other finalists broke 16

Hwang, a 20-year-old South Korean, made the most of the absence of world
record holder David Popovici to win the men's 200m freestyle.

After losing the lead on the third 50, the South Korean then caught American
Luke Hobson in the final meters to win in 1:45.05. Lithuanian Danas Rapsys
also finished fast to take second, 0.3sec behind, with Hobson third at 0.51.

Claire Curzan, a 19-year-old American, led from the start to win the women's
100m backstroke in a time of 58.29sec. She was 0.83 ahead of Australian 18-
year-old Iona Anderson.

Hunter Armstrong immediately followed by taking the men's race edging his
university team-mate, Hugo Gonzalez, a Spaniard by 0.2sec.

Another 19-year-old, Tang Qianting of China won the closing event of the
evening, the women's 100m breast-stroke by 0.55 sec from Tes Schouten of the
Netherlands. Siobhan Haughey of Hong Kong, previously a freestyle specialist,
faded to third on the second 50.