FINA World Cup 8

Klochkova And Chen Set World Cup Records


Nick Thierry

GLASGOW - The FINA World Cup returned for the second time to the Tollcross Pool, where it first made an appearance in 1997. Swimmers from 30 countries took part with a large contingent of Britain's best.

Gustavo Borges (BRA) won the men's 100 free in 47.52 and the 200 free in 1:45.55.

Chris Fydler (AUS) won the men's 50 freestyle on the last stroke with 22.33, just ahead of Sabir Muhammad (USA) with 22.35.

In the women's 200 freestyle, Josefin Lillhage (SWE), with a strong finish, narrowly won in 1:59.23 over Nicola Jackson (GBR), whose 1:59.29 was a new British junior record.

Susan Rolph (GBR) won her first gold medal of the meet on the second day. Competing in a full-body suit, the British record holder had to hold off a strong challenge by Johanna Sioberg (SWE), who had the lead at the mid-point with 26.54 to Rolph's 26.87. Rolph's winning time was 54.93 to Sjoberg's 55.21.

Zhu Yi (CHN), with a powerful stroke, took the men's 50 breaststroke in 27.84 over Jens Kruppa (GER) and Fred deBurghgraeve (BEL), who both touched the wall in 27.98. Later Zhu added a first in the 200 breaststroke with 2:11.26 over Alexander Goukov (BLR) with 2:12.42. The next day Fred deBurghgraeve (BEL) took the 100 breaststroke in 1:00.04.

Samantha Riley (AUS) beat Penny Heyns (RSA) in the 100 breaststroke to end Heyns's winning streak. The two long-standing rivals had a head-to-head fight along the entire race, with Riley splitting 32.02 and Heyns splitting 32.05 at the 50. Riley's superior acceleration in the last length gave her the winning edge over Heyns: 1:07.63 to 1:07.88.

Stev Theloke (GER) swept the men's backstroke events. In the 200, he had to catch 17-year-old Orn Arnarson (ISL), who had a fast start and held the lead until very near the finish. Theloke won in 1:56.65, with Arnarson second in 1:56.77. Theloke won the 100 backstroke in 53.48, consolidating his lead in the backstroke category.

Carrie Burgoyne (CAN) picked up six medals on the World Cup circuit
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Yana Klochkova (UKR), 16, improved her personal best and national record in the 200 IM from 2:12.36 to 2:10.80, moving her to seventh fastest on the all time world list. Marianne Limpert, (CAN) who currently leads the womens IM category, was second in 2:13.24, with Sue Rolph (GBR) third in 2:13.37. Klochkova added her second victory in the 400 IM, with 4:36.24. Carrie Burgoyne (CAN) was in second place with 4:40.34. Marianne Limpert (CAN) held off Sue Rolph (GBR) in the 100 IM, 1:02.12 to 1:02.25. Limpert consolidated her IM category points lead with 86.

In the women's 800 freestyle, Chen Hua (CHN) won her second World Cup, finishing in an excellent time of 8:22.25, eleventh fastest on the all time list, and an Asian record. The next day, Chen won the 400 free in 4:04.50, a new World Cup meet record. Claudia Poll (CRC) was second in 4:07.17 and Carline Smart (GBR) was third in 4:09.56. Chen is a new distance prospect from China and her 400 time moves her to eighth fastest ever.

Kelly Stefanyshyn (CAN) moved into the backstroke category lead with a win in the 50 in 29.07 and a second in the 200. Cathleen Rund (GER) won the 200 in 2:10.23. Stefanyshyn won the 100 in 1:01.13 over Zoe Cray (GBR). Stefanyshyn, with her two wins here, moved to first place in the backstroke category points race with 81. In second place with 80 points is Antje Buscschulte (GER), who was not competing here.

In all, two World Cup, two Asian, and ten national records were bettered in Glasgow.