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Another world record for Australia

R. Hurley (AUS)

A man who just turned 20 a few weeks ago shocked himself with a world-record swim in the 50m backstroke at the Sydney leg of the FINA Arena Swimming World Cup tonight.
Australian Robert Hurley posted the second world record of the meet when he touched in 23.24 to clip three hundredths of a second off the mark set by Germany’s Thomas Rupprath in 2004 and post a personal best by half a second.Hurley, who trains out of the Australian Institute of Sport, said: “ I felt I was going fast but not a 23 low.”
Hurley arrived at the pool early in the evening and said it took him 20 minutes to get his suit on. “It’s the first time I’ve worn the full body suit and I was looking for a fast time. It made me feel really good under water.”

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New Aussie breaks 50m butterfly world record

Jaukovic (AUS)

The best was saved to last when newly naturalised Australian Matt Jaukovic smashed the world record for the 50m butterfly at the Australian leg of the FINA Arena Swimming World Cup meet at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre tonight.
The former Montenegrin junior international was competing in his first meet for Australia and blitzed the field with a thundering first length, clipping one tenth of a second off Brazilian Kaio Almeida’s mark of 22.60 set nearly three years ago.
Jaukovic (22), has been coming to Australia for three and a half years, staying with an aunty and uncle and decided to stay to pursue a double economics and law degree at Sydney University.

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Triple-gold for Mellouli on Durban World Cup Day 2; nice wins for Molina, Bal, Du Rand, and Pengelly

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The finals session of the second and last day of the 2008 FINA/ARENA World Cup in Durban featured more multi-victories for Oussama Mellouli (TUN) and Fabiola Molina (BRA), as well as some excellent performances by Jessica Pengelly (RSA), Cameron van der Burgh (RSA), Josefin Lillhage (SWE), Randall Bal (USA), George Du Rand (RSA), and more.The evening opened with the timed final of the men’s 1500m freestyle; thus there was anticipation as to how the Olympic champion in this event, Mellouli, would perform. As it turns out, he won the race, although well below the standard he is capable of. Compared to his Olympic winning time of 14:40.84, which allowed him to defeat world record holder Grant Hackett in Beijing, his time in Durban was 14:54.73. The race was entertaining nevertheless, as he faced formidable pressure from one of his main rivals at this meet, Riaan Schoeman, who took second in 14.54.82. To the delight of the crowd, the two were literally even at the conclusion of the race and it was anybody’s guess which one would show-up on the clock as winner. In third was Heerden Herman in 15:12.61.

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Multi-gold results for Meaklim, Townsend, Mellouli and more as World Cup swimming descends on Durban

Kathryn Meaklim (RSA)
The city of Durban (RSA) was alight with swimming excellence on October 17, when the first finals of the second leg of the 2008 FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup took place. The racing was of a high standard and a fine showcase of short-course talent from around the world.
Kathryn Meaklim (RSA) and Melissa Corfe (RSA) were the women to watch in the 800m freestyle: the inaugural event of the night that featured all swimmers from South Africa. While the race looked relatively close between the leaders for some time, Meaklim gradually increased her lead in the second half of the race and would eventually take the win from Corfe by about six seconds. Their times were 8:42.50 and 8:48.58 respectively. Alison-Jayne Logan took third place in 8:54.39.

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As expected, gold for Mellouli, Bal, Cielo, Spenger, Kirk and more on Day 2 of World Cup in Brazil

Randall Bal (USA)
The first race of the day – the 1500m free – looked like a warm up for the Olympic champion Oussama Mellouli, TUN, who had his fourth start in Belo Horizonte with this race. The Tunisian swam slowly and carefully – just for the win – and allowed the host swimmer Luiz Arapiraca to stay ahead, but accelerated at the end of the race.
Mellouli lost the 400m free on the first day of the meet and this unpredictable result happened for one reason: the swimmer was too confident and lost his concentration in the last strokes. On Sunday however, Mellouli kept things under strict control and finished first without a big effort – in a time of 15:16.43. Arapiraca came second – in 15:16.91 - and his compatriot Armando Negreiros (the winner of 400m free) finished in 15:22.15.

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Brazilian swimmers reach podium 23 times on first day

The first FINA World Cup meet, which started on the 11th of October in Belo Horizonte, gathered 106 athletes from 12 Federations. In the preliminary competition on Friday afternoon the favourites looked to be in quite good shape. Besides two Olympic champions (Oussama Mellouli, TUN and Cesar Filho Cielo, BRA) there is also Tara Kirk and Randall Bal, USA, Stanislav Donets and Evgeny Korotyshkin, RUS, Stefan Nystrand, Josefin Lillhage and Therese Alshammar, SWE, and many young swimmers competing, including newcomers.
After a “warm-up” – 800m free women with an unimpressive level of the results - the audience got a brillant show with the men's 100m free. Stefan Nystrand was a little bit late off the start and that allowed Cesar Filho Cielo to have a very comfortable race and finish half body-length ahead of the others.

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Swimming passion on five continents

Top swimmers around the world are bracing themselves for the upcoming FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2008. Like the 2007 edition, seven cities on five continents will host this major short-course (25m) competitive circuit, and for the first time this year, fans can access complete coverage of the Series via live streaming on the FINA website. The host cities for 2008 are the same as last year, although the order of the meets has been altered. The first stage takes place in Belo Horizonte (BRA) from October 10-12, followed by Durban (RSA) from October 17-18, Sydney (AUS) from October 25-26, Singapore (SIN) from November 1-2, Moscow (RUS) from November 8-9, Stockholm (SWE) from November 11-12, and the concluding meet in Berlin (GER) from November 15-16, 2008.

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