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Neethling Specatular with World Record in the 100 IM

Feb 12, 2005  - Nick Thierry - FINA Press Commission

Kate Ziegler Betters 25 Year-Old US Record

EAST MEADOW, NY - Ryk Neethling and Roland Schoeman (RSA) dominated the men's events with spectacular performances.

Roland Schoeman won the 100 freestyle in 46.27, missing the world record by 2/100ths, than he swam the 100 IM, finishing second with a 52.23, worth 1063 FINA points moving into second spot for the World Cup prize. Minutes later he won the 50 butterfly in 23.18.

Ryk Neethling started off with a second in the 100 free in 47.03, and then swam a fantastic 100 individual medley lowering his world record to 51.52 (from 52.01 just two weeks ago) earning 1108 FINA points and a stranglehold on the top World Cup prize (worth $50,000).

Both plan to compete in the final World Cup next weekend in Brazil.

Men's highlights:
Yuri Prilukov (RUS) won the 400 free in 3:44.90, his seventh consecutive win in this event in the curent World Cup series.

Randal Bal and Peter Marshall (USA) battled it out in the 100 backstroke, with Bal winning in 51.49.

Oleg Lisogor (UKR) won the 50 breast in 26.60 with Ed Moses (USA) in third. In the 200 breast, Moses got the win after Jim Piper (AUS) won the race by a 1/100th, but was disqualified. The Australian had flown in especially for this event but is returning immediately home to prepare for the Australian Nationals in mid-March.

Franck Esposito (FRA) won the 200 fly in 1:54.50 but well off his world record from 2002.

Thiago Pereira (BRA) won the 400 IM in 4:11.35, over Tamas Kerekjarto (HUN) with 2:12.14. Pereira will be at home in Belo Horizonte, BRA, for the final stage of the World Cup series next weekend.

Women's highlights:
Therese Alshammar (SWE) won the 50 free in 24.23 while Josefin Lillhage (SWE) took the 200 free in 1:54.64, fastest time of the season and a World Cup record.

Kate Ziegler (USA), a 16-year-old from Fairfax, Virginia, won the 800 free in 8:16.32 for a new US record, bettering the old one of 8:18.77 from 1980. Ziegler missed the Olympic team last summer.

Ilona Hlavackova (CZE) was an easy winner in the 50 back with her 27.60 over a second ahead of second. In the 200 back Anja Carman (SLO) won in 2:08.53 over Kaitlin Sandeno (USA) in 2:09.34. Sandeno added a win in the 200 IM with 2:12.48.

Tara Kirk (USA) won the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.52, about two seconds over her world record.

Martina Moravcova (SVK) won her 102st World Cup title (during the past decade) in the 100 fly with a 57.91, with Rachel Komisarz (USA) in second.

21 different countries won a medal with the USA in the lead with 15 (5-5-5) and South Africa in second with 6 (3-3-0).


Medal Totals
Gold Silver Bronze Total
USA 5 5 5 15
RSA 3 3 0 6
SWE 2 0 0 2
FRA 1 1 3 5
BRA 1 1 1 3
SLO 1 1 0 2
RUS 1 0 1 2
UKR 1 0 0 1
SVK 1 0 0 1
CZE 1 0 0 1
ESP 0 1 1 2
BUL 0 1 1 2
SUI 0 1 0 1
ISR 0 1 0 1
HUN 0 1 0 1
GBR 0 1 0 1
ROM 0 0 1 1
POL 0 0 1 1
NOR 0 0 1 1
GER 0 0 1 1
CAN 0 0 1 1
17 17 17 51

RATING SUMMARY OF TOP PERFORMANCES on day 1 at WC 7
1)	1108	51.52	100 im M	Neethling Ryk,77,RSA
2)	1063	52.23	100 im M	Schoeman Roland,80,RSA
3)	1012	26.60	50 breast M	Lisogor Oleg,79,UKR
4)	1010	1:54.64	200 free W	Lillhage Josefine,80,SWE
5)	1001	8:16.32	800 free W	Ziegler Kate,88,USA
6)	997	1:55.14	200 free W	Figues Solenne,79,FRA
7)	995	24.23	50 free W	Alshammar Therese,77,SWE
8)	986	24.30	50 free W	Sheppard Alison,72,GBR
9)	980	51.49	100 back M	Bal Randall,80,USA
10)	976	8:20.55	800 free W	Rigamonti Flavia,81,SUI