Mare Nostrum - Barcelona Day 3
May 26, 2000
Iles Salim and Susan Rolph captured the 100m freestyle on the final day of action in Barcelona. Twenty five year old Iles was the only swimmer to dip under the 50sec barrier as he produced a personal best of 49.91 seconds.
Rolph the European champion, used her powerful finish to take first spot in 55.91 seconds. The Olympic silver medallist, Sandra Voelker, from Germany set the early pace but could not maintain it over the second half.
Rolph charged through on the second fifty metres moving up from fourth to first to finish three tenths ahead of Voelker with Evgeniya Ermakova the swimmer from Kazakhstan who now lives in Auckland, New Zealand.
Nina Zhivanevskaya of Spain just out touched Antje Buschschulte of Germany to sweep the backstroke events. Her winning time of 1.01.80 was just .02 ahead of Buschschulte who had to settle for second spot with her time of 1.01.82.
Agnes Kovacs of Hungary had a comfortable lead throughout the race to win the womens 200 breast in a time of 2:28.54. Second place wnet to Brigitte Becue of Belgium who finished in 2:31.69. This win meant that Kovacs has swept all the breaststroke event finals in both Monaco and Barcelona.
Denys Sylantyev won the 200m butterfly final easily with his time of 1.58.58 his second win in the 3 day meet. In second place was Andrew Mahoney of the US in a time of 2:00.73.
Mette Jacobsen DEN won the womens 200 butterfly with a fast time of 2:09.04 well ahead of any of her competition in the race including teammate Sophia Skou who was second in 2:11.17. In third was Mireia Garcia of Spain in 2:11.40.
The Romanian team taking part in Barcelona had a great day winning 3 events. Camelia Potec won the womens 400 free in a time of 4:10.22. Jamie Tannhauser of the USA was second in 4:15.71.
In the mens events Dragos Coman of Romania won the mens 400 freestyle in a time of 3:51.22 while his teammate Cezar Badita won the mens 200 I.M. in a time of 2:02.94.