Swimming Community Claps Back at Haters After Day 2 Full House at Berlin World Cup 2023

Published 10/07/2023, 3:07 PM EDT

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The much-anticipated Swimming World Cup 2023 kicked off on Oct 6. The showdown brought intense competition to Germany’s waters, a historic host of the event. However, the first two days took contrasting turns. Day one posed challenges for Team USA in Berlin, dampening their hopes for a triumphant season.

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Surprisingly, it wasn’t just the athletes facing hurdles. But, swimming fans were disheartened, with half-empty stands due to high ticket prices on day one. But, here comes the twist. Day 2 witnessed an amazing comeback, silencing critics and filling the venue. A viral social media tweet is now breaking the internet, featuring a snippet of the thrilling action.

From leaving the stadium to the “Housefull” venue of the Swimming World Cup 2023

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October 7, 2023, unfolded a striking transformation in the narrative of the Swimming World Cup 2023. Shifting from harsh opinions to a necessary shift, the storyline took an unexpected turn. “SWIMCAST,” a prominent Twitter account, tweeted a video capturing a bustling, seemingly sold-out stadium with a long queue, challenging the notion of an empty venue.

The accompanying caption read, “Probably a sold-out venue on day 2 of the World Aquatics Swimming World Cup #worldaquatics.” This post emerged in response to the aftermath of Nic Fink losing his gold, Kieran Smith settling for third, and Clark falling short of victory.

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Reflecting on day one, the exodus of fans due to expensive tickets initiated a narrative that prompted strong reactions from the community. However, on day 2, a new tweet sparked an open arena for fans to voice their opinions, reshaping the conversation around this exhilarating aquatic event.

What all happened on day one?

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On the inaugural day, Kyle Sockwell sparked controversy by spotlighting the empty stadium at the Swimming World Cup on X platform. Expressing a harsh yet vital opinion, Sockwell declared, “If Berlin can’t fill the stands on a FRIDAY NIGHT for a World Cup meet featuring some of the biggest names in swimming, then we shouldn’t host a meet there.”

This critique emerged in the aftermath of disappointing performances by stalwart athletes in Berlin waters. World Champion Nick Fink and five-time Olympic champion Adam Peaty succumbed in the 100-meter breaststroke, overshadowed by Chinese prodigy Qin Haiyang’s historic victory (57.69). Fink and Peaty secured the fourth and sixth positions at 59.68 and 59.85, respectively.

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The dismay extended to Chad Le Clos, who failed to represent South Africa in the finals despite his triumph over Michael Phelps in 2012. As fans lamented athlete letdowns and ticket costs on social media, Sockwell’s post triggered a surge in discussion and heightened the competition’s intensity

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Harshita Chawla

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Harshita Chawla is a US Sports writer at Essentially Sports. Having contributed to college magazine as a sports writer, she comes with a staunch knowledge in content creation for the sports industry. Along with this, Harshita is a huge fan of Gymnastics queen Simone Biles and has a penchant for writing about her favorite athlete.
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Anupama Ghosh

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