PR75 - Four World Records in the first leg of the series in Durban (RSA)
Therese Alshammar (SWE) was the swimmer in evidence in the first meet of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2009, held in Durban (RSA) on October 16-17, by setting two new World Records out of the four global marks established in South Africa.
Still in the heats, Alshammar clocked 58.51 in the women's 100m individual medley, bettering the time set by Emily Seebohm (AUS) last August in Hobart with 58.54 (pending FINA approval). In the last race of the second day, the Swedish champion (who decided not to swim the 100m IM) smashed the WR in the 50m butterfly, clocking 24.75 and bettering the time (24.99) established by Marieke Guehrer (AUS) in November 2008 in Berlin.
Concerning the other two WR, Jessica Hardy (USA) improved her own mark in the 50m breaststroke, touching the wall in 29.45 (she had established the previous WR in Manchester, in April 2008, with the time of 29.58). Her compatriot Peter Marshall swam the men's 50m backstroke in 22.75, improving the previous WR set by US Randall Bal in November 2008 in Berlin with 22.87.
Besides the World Records, there were seven new World Cup records in Durban: among men, Peter Marshall in the 100m backstroke (49.40), George Du Rand (RSA) in the 200m backstroke (1:49.53) and Roland Schoeman (RSA) in the 50m breaststroke (25.90) and 50m butterfly (22.32). In the women’s field, World Cup records were set by Jessica Hardy in the 100m breaststroke (1:04.15), Therese Alshammar in the 100m butterfly (56.12), and by Hinkelien Schreuder (NED) in the 50m backstroke (26.55).
Swimmers from South Africa dominated the competition, with a total of 13 gold medals (out of 34 at stake) – 10 among men and three in the women’s events.
Calendar of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2009:
• October 16-17 in Durban (RSA)
NEXT MEET: November 6-7 in Moscow (RUS)
• November 10-11 in Stockholm (SWE)
• November 14-15 in Berlin (GER)
• November 21-22 in Singapore (SIN)