SWC 2011, Berlin day 2: Five more gold for USA

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BERLIN, Germany - The United States won five more events on the second day, consolidating their overall supremacy on the meet: Missy Franklin took gold both in the 100 free and the 100 back; Michael Phelps won the 200 IM – setting the best performance of the day with 952 FINA Points – and the 200 backstroke while Allison Schmitt took the 400 freestyle. This trio, plus Ryan Lochte, will represent the backbone of the American Olympic team at London 2012. The best performances occurred on the first day, when both a new world record and a World Cup record were set.

1500 FREE MEN. As the race developed Sergiy Frolov (UKR), the silver medallist at the 2010 Short Course European Championships, and Sebastien Rouault (FRA), the gold medal winner at the 2010 Long Course Europeans fought head to head for victory. The French prevailed in 14:48.31, with Frolov less than two seconds away, in 14:50.15. German Manuel Schwarz (CLB) was third in 15:03.18.

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SWC 2011, Berlin day 1: Missy Franklin sets 200m back WR

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800 FREE WOMEN. Lotte Friis won easily in 8:16.99. She almost encountered no opposition except for Elena Sokolova in the first half of the race. The Danish is the World Cup record holder, with 8:04.61 she set at Berlin’s world cup meet in 2009.

100 FREE MEN. Brent Hayden, the giant from Vancouver (CAN), who celebrated his 28th anniversary yesterday, gave himself a gift by winning this important race in 47.07 over Stefan Nystrand (SWE), 47.23. While the Canadian savoured a triumph, his co-winner of the long course world title in 2007, Filippo Magnini of Italy, faced a different fate: he finished only 7th, in 48 seconds flat (7th also at half race).

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SWC 2011, Moscow day 2: Phelps gets second gold, Franklin shines among women

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MOSCOW, Russia - The second and final day of the Moscow leg of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup ended with the second victory of 14-times Olympic champion Michael Phelps in the 200m back. The triumph was achieved by the famous swimmer after two disappointing races. Phelps finished second in the 200m free and didn’t make the podium in the 100m butterfly. But that was disappointing only for the audience (for the first time in Moscow the entry to the pool wasn’t free and all tickets were sold). Phelps himself just pointed out that his participation at World Cup is a part of the Olympic preparation. So the place is not so important for now.

"There is a good chance to test myself in a very unusual situation – short course, Phelps said. It is a good experience for me". For the rivals, however, this possibility to swim together with the great champion was very important. As well as the chance to beat him.

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SWC 2011, Moscow day 1: Super-star Michael Phelps appears "modest"

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MOSCOW, Russia - At the press conference, marking the opening of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup event in the Moscow “Olympiyskiy” swimming pool, the president of the Russian Swimming Federation Vladimir Salnikov proudly said: "The tickets are sold out".

The reason for the sellout at the competition – a traditional one, held in Moscow already for the seventh time – is Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in the world, 14-time Olympic champion. Naturally, a question was asked at the press conference: "Why Michael Phelps is in Moscow? Obviously, he was paid a lot of money to compete here". The question is a reasonable one, Phelps is the Usain Bolt of swimming and the famous Jamaican does not participate even in IAAF competitions without a half-a-million-dollar appearance fee.

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SWC 2011, Stockholm day 2: Sjostroem shines at home, Le Clos reinforces overall lead

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden - After getting the fastest performance of the second meet of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup in Stockholm (SWE), by winning the women’s 200m free on Day 1, Sarah Sjostroem (SWE) was again in evidence in the second finals’ session, getting the gold in the 100m free, in a time of 52.44. In the 400m free, she got the silver in 4:03.60, narrowly losing the race to Australia’s Angie Bainbridge (4:03.02). 

Other local successes in this second and last day in Stockholm included the triumph of Jennie Johansson in the women’s 50m breaststroke (30.05), the gold of Stefan Nystrand in the men’s 50m free (21.70), and the inevitable Therese Alshammar in the women’s 50m butterfly (25.23).

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