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Mare Nostrum Barcelona - Day 3

Jun 4, 2001  - Neville Smith

The final day of the City of Barcelona Championships at the Club Natacio Sant Andreu once again was an exciting affair witnessed by a capacity crowd at this world-class venue.

Russian Alexander Popov stroked his way effortlessly to win the 100m freestyle while Martina Maricova continues her winning ways.

The ladies 400m freestyle got matters underway and it was Costa Rica's first lady of the pool, Claudia Poll, who went out like and express train chasing a determined Elke Graham from Australia. Coming off the first 100, Poll (4:22,39) moved up a gear and systematically drew away from the chasing pack to win her second title of the championships in convincing fashion from a determined Graham (4:21,25) with Spain's Laura Montala taking bronze in 4:22,88.

In the men's final Spain's Olaf Faber was involved in a titanic duel with New Zealand's Jonathan Duncan and Japan's Takeshi Matsuda. The trio set off at a blistering pace and matched each other stroke for stroke for stroke for the first 350m with Duncan taking an early lead. Coming into the home stretch it was Faber who edged ahead of the Kiwi much to the delight of the partisan crowd to capture the title in 3:57,30 from Duncan ( 3:57,91) while Matsuda (3:58,11) had to settle for bronze.

The 200m Individual Medley saw Yana Klochova dominate proceedings from the start. The Ukrainian was never really challenged and it was always going to be a question as to who would fill the minor placing. Here a battle royal developed and it was Denmark's Julie Hjorth