PR 62 - Sweden and Australia shine in Stockholm
Lausanne (SUI), October 17 – Swimmers from Sweden and Australia dominated the second leg of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup, held in Stockholm (SWE) on October 15-16, by getting nine and seven gold medals, respectively. In the home team, the 2010 overall winner Therese Alshammar, won three races (50m free, 50m and 100m butterfly), while her teammates Sarah Sjostroem (100m and 200m free), Jennie Johansson (50m and 100m breast), and Stefan Nystrand (men’s 50m and 100m free) were also in great shape. Sjostroem got the best performance of the meet (954 points), with her 200m free victory in 1:52.92.
From the Australian side, Kenneth To (men’s 100m back and 100m IM) and Rachel Goh (women’s 50m and 100m back) got two titles each, and were followed by successful performances of their compatriots Geoff Huegill (men’s 50m butterfly), Angie Bainbridge (women’s 400m free) and Belinda Hocking (women’s 200m back).
Japan and Germany got three victories each in Stockholm, with Hidemasa Sano (JPN) performing the best male result of the event in the 200m butterfly (1:51.33 – 941 points). Paul Biedermann (GER), world record holder in the men’s 200m and 400m free, comfortably won these two events.
Chad Le Clos (RSA), winner of six races in Dubai (first leg of this World Cup), triumphed twice in Sweden (200m back and 400m IM), and leads the overall men’s ranking. Other countries with gold medallists in Stockholm were Hungary, Faroe Islands, Switzerland, New Zealand, Norway, USA, Korea, China and Canada.
The FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup can be followed through live streaming of finals via FINA TV at www.fina.org.