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Dale Oen Dream: Bergen Builds 50m Pool

Apr 21, 2013  - Craig Lord

Katinka Hosszu's marathon memorial effort continued apace for Alex Dale Oen at the Bergen Swim Festival renamed in honour of the late Norwegian world champion this year.

This year's meet is done but put 2014 on your calendar: Bergen is building a new 50m pool. Dale Oen's dream of his home city boasting better swim facilities is now taking shape and the 2014 meet will be raced long-course. The new pool could bear no better name than that of the 2011 world 100m breaststroke champion.

Meanwhile, back to Hosszu's race-athon. After taking second in the 50m breaststroke behind Denmark's Rikke Moeller Pedersen, 30.94 to 31.96 at the start of the morning session of the short-course meet, Hosszu swam down in 4.22.19 at the helm of the 400m freestyle final before returning to the fray with a dominant 2:07.47 victory in the 200m medley. 

The medley time would have placed 4th at the 2012 world s/c championships in Istanbul, where Hosszu was leading until China's Ye Shiwen, slower than Hosszu over 200m freestyle, produced a decisive last 50m to take gold 2:04.64 to 2:04.72.

In the concluding afternoon session, Mie Nielsen took the 50 back in 27.64, Hosszu on 27.82 in second before she took on the 100m butterfly in which a 58.75 effort left her third behind Jeanette Ottesen, 57.36, and Ingvild Snildal, 58.32.

Hosszu concluded her tribute to Dale Oen with a couple of silvers, Rikke Moeller Pedersen on sizzling form in the 200m breaststroke in 2.19.56, Hosszu on 2.30.74, while Bergen's Cecilie Johannessen pipped the busy Hungarian 55.38 to 55.40 in the closing 100m freestyle.

Among others honouring Dale Oen, Olympic gold and silver medallists Daniel Gyurta (HUN) and Michael Jamieson (GBR) finished in their Olympic order in another tight 200m breaststroke tussle, 2.06.48to 2.06.84, Jamieson's Bath teammate and fellow Olympic finalist Andrew Willis on 2.09.22.

Olympic 100m champion Cameron ven der Burgh (RSA) took the 50m breaststroke in 27.14 ahead of Martti Aljand (EST), 27.60, and Bram Dekker (NED), on 28.06, while Faroes distance ace Pal Joensen clocked 3:49.63 at the helm of the 400m freestyle ahead of Henrik Christiansen, Lørenskog/Rælingen, on 3.52.06. 

In the afternoon, the 50m back went in 24.77 to Ralf Tribuntsov, who returned to win the concluding 100m free in 48.43. In the 100m butterfly produced a blanket finish, Simon Sjoedin (SWE) on 54.05, Viktor Bromer (DEN) on 54.08 and three others on 54s.