Izumi Kato lifts Women's 400m IM title: Day two – 2011 FINA Swimming World Cup

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Izumi Kato lifts Women's 400m IM title: Day two – 2011 FINA Swimming World Cup
Japan's Izumi Kato raised expectations of her fans by winning the gold medal in the Individual Medley (IM) meet on day two of the 2011 FINA Swimming World Cup series, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Saturday, October 8. The session of the meet conducted
the Women's 400 Individual Medley final.
In the final list, three swimmers were hot favourites to win the battle including Izumi Kato, Czech Republic's Barbora Zavadova and Slovakia's Spela Bohinc. The race began in stunning fashion, as Kato got-off to a strong start in the final heat and captured
the Women's 400m IM title by posting a thrilling time of 4 minutes and 34.52 seconds.
Meanwhile, Barbora did not disappoint her followers, as she posted a sterling time of 4 minutes and 36.84 seconds to win silver title on the podium.  In the corresponding race, Slovakia's athlete, Spela Bohinc, also went full throttle and clinched bronze
medal on the podium by posting a winning time of 5 minutes and 00.52 seconds.
The final heat produced some other exciting results, as United Arab Emirates’ Aysha Xanthe Anouque Berghuis earned fourth place honours with an impressive mark of 5 minutes and 14.71 seconds. In the corresponding swim, United Arab Emirates’ Hannah Taleb
impressed the arena by securing the fifth position with a mark of 5 minutes and 29.93 seconds. Last, but not the least, Brooke Sarah Duncan of United Arab Emirates settled for sixth spot after she touched the finishing wall with a time of 5 minutes and 31.72
The scintillating swims of all athletes impressed the spectators present in the arena, while the top-three winners of the final meet were delivered accolades and cash prizes after the session's completion.
The 2011 FINA Swimming World Cup series is a vital occasion for all young guns to improve their techniques, as it will help them in preparing well for the upcoming 2012 Olympics to be staged in London. In addition, the next meet of this seven-stop series
will be held in Stockholm, Sweden.



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