2023 Swimming World Cup: He Shibei seeks gold medal in the 200m freestyle and performs well



2023 游泳世界盃:何詩蓓尋求200米自由泳金牌

The Swimming World Cup is one of the most high-profile events in swimming, with three tournaments this year, starting in Berlin and the next two in Athens and Budapest. Unlike previous short course competitions, this year’s World Cup has been converted into a long course event, which is an important season before the Olympics.

First stop: Berlin Station

The Berlin race has already begun, and Hong Kong’s Ho Sze Pui performed well in the women’s 400m freestyle, winning not only a bronze medal, but also a Hong Kong record. Her outstanding performance earned her a crucial victory this season.

Ho Shibei’s challenge: women’s 200m freestyle

On Saturday, He Shibei participated in the women’s 200m freestyle event and swam 1:58.79 in the preliminary round, ranking first and second overall. She will be aiming for gold in the final, but the first finalist is Erika Fairweather from New Zealand, who tops the list with a time of 1:57.12. Erika Fairweather is a 19-year-old swimmer who won silver medals in the 400m and 800m freestyle at last year’s Short Course World Championships and a bronze medalist in the 400m freestyle at this year’s Long Course World Championships.

In addition, Dutch swimmer Marrit Steenbergen also reached the final of the 200m freestyle, where she finished third in the preliminary round. Marrit Steenbergen won bronze in the 50m freestyle at the Long Course World Championships and bronze in the 200m and 100m freestyle at last year’s Short Course World Championships.

The 200m freestyle final will be held at 0:40 a.m. on Sunday, and this competition will be Ho’s chance to fight for gold.

Other competitions

In addition to Ho’s competition, there was also the preliminary round of the women’s 100m backstroke, in which 17-year-old Hong Kong’s Cheung Xinyue also participated. Although she performed well in the preliminary round, she did not manage to make it to the final.

The Swimming World Cup is an exciting event that attracts elite swimmers from all over the world. I hope that Ho Shibei will achieve excellent results in the next competitions and win glory for Hong Kong swimming.

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