Kyle Chalmers among the headliners of the World Cup in Berlin; United States sends contingent of young people
Impressive performances could be on offer when the FINA World Cup series opens in Berlin on Friday and continues through Sunday. The Berlin stop has consistently produced quick times, and with Australians like Kyle chalmers and Emma McKeon and canadians Maggie MacNeil and Kylie MassÃ© ready to compete, continuous speed is likely.
Chalmers and McKeon recently competed in the third season of the International Swimming League for the London Roar. With the regular season over and the playoffs not starting until November, the Australians have decided to stay in Europe and play in the first World Cup meeting of the campaign.
The United States will have nearly 50 athletes in action, including more than 40 junior athletes who have been selected to compete. Erine Gemmell and Lea Hayes are among the junior level stars scheduled to compete and who will have the chance to gain international racing experience. Four members of the United States national team – Tom shields, Lydie Jacoby, Blake pieroni and Linnea Mack – will also participate in the race and serve as a mentor to the young people. Jacoby will compete for the first time since winning gold in Tokyo in the 100-meter breaststroke, where she upset the defending champion and compatriot. Lily king.
The host nation will headline Florian Wellbrock, the 10 km open water champion and bronze medalist in the 1,500 freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics last summer. Dutch breaststroke champion Arno Kamminga is also expected to participate.