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FINA World Cup 10 - Day 2 Report

Feb 21, 1999

PARIS - Sue Rolph (GBR) in a well paced 100 freestyle won with 54.51 after trailing the field throughout the race. Turning first at the 50 with 26.50 Katrin Meissner (GER) was touched out at the finish, her time for second was 54.56. Laura Nicholls (CAN) was third with 55.59.

Pieter van den Hoogenband (NED), had a comfortabe win with 1:44.81 and was never challenged by Gustavo Borges (BRA) in second with 1:45.55

Zoe Baker (NZL) win with 31.54 in the 50 breaststroke surprised Samantha Riley (AUS) who was second with 31.66. Li Wei (CHN) came in third place with 31.79. But Riley extended her win streak in the 200 breaststroke to five with 2:25.28. Karine Bremond (FRA) challenged a tired Riley her second place time of 2:25.97 was a national record.

In a tight finish Fred deBurghgraeve (BEL) touched first with 59.90 to Jens Kruppa (GER) in second with 59.92. Kruppa's fast start gave him the early lead turning first at the 50 with 27.99 to deBurghgraeve's 28.14. But the experienced Belgian had the better touch and gave him the winning edge.

Yana Klochkova (UKR) swam to the fastest time of the year in winning the 400 IM. Her 4:33.66 was a new World Cup meet record and puts her sixth on the all time fastest list. It was her second IM World Cup meet record as she bettered the 200 IM time with 2:10.80 in Glasgow last weekend. Yasuko Tajima (JPN) touched in 4:38.13 ahead of Joanne Malar (CAN) with 4:38.13 who won four of the previous ninne world cups. Klochkova is in third place in the points category race with 77 to Marianne Limpert (CAN) with 103 and Joanne Malar (CAN) 87. With two more European competitions Klochkova should move up and challenge for the lead. Susan Rolph (GBR) won the 100 IM in 1:01.98 over Natasa Kejzar (SLO) in 1:02.90 and Yana Klockova (UKR) with 1:03.03.

James Hickman (GBR) won the 100 fly in 51.94 over Franck Esposito (FRA), a crowd favourite with 52.21 just ahead of Sabir Muhammad (USA) in 52.25.

Tomislav Karlo (CRO) won his first 50 backstroke in 25.02 after medalling six times in previous world cups this winter. In second Nuno Laurentino (POR) with 25.16. Adam Ruckwood (GBR) won his first 200 backstroke in 1:57.59. He's been third twice in the current world cup series.

Antje Buschschulte (GER) won the 100 backstroke with 1:00.05 to sweep all the backstrokes in Paris. Alena Nyvltova (CZE) was second 1:01.16 and Roxana Maracineanu (FRA) third with a 1:01.48 bettering her own French national record of 1:01.60 from 1997.

Susan O'Neill (AUS) attacked her own four day old world record in the 200 fly and just fell short with a 2:05.70. A comparison of her splits:

Malmo 28.34 0:59.85 1:32.22 2:05.37
Paris 28.36 1:00.05 1:32.31 2:05.70

It was the top performance of the Paris world cup and O'Neill's fifth consecutive win in this event. Chantal Groot (NED) won the 50 butterfly with 27.37 with Franziska van Almsick (GER) second with 27.52 and Shannon Hosack (USA) third in 27.73.

Christian Keller (GER) added the 200 IM win with 1:59.64 to his 100 IM first yesterday. The battle for second was betwwwn Tom Wilkens (USA) with 2:01.06 to Xavier Marchand's (FRA) 2:01.15

Chen Hua (CHN) who her third consecutive 400 freestyle with 4:05.94 with Caroline Smart (GBR) in second with 4:08.37 and Kirsten Vlieghuis (NED) third in 4:08.51.

Christopher Fydler (AUS) won the 50 free with 22.01, the second fastest of the current world cup series. Americans battled for the next spots as Sabir Muhammad touched with 22.28 ahead of Brad Schumacher with 22.30.

Jorg Hoffmann (GER) won the 1500 freestyle in 14:45.79 with Luiz Lima (BRA) in second with 14:58.23.

The FINA World Cup continues next weekend in Gelsenkirchen (GER) Feb 27-28 and the final competition March 3-4 in Imperia (ITA) where over US$ 210,000 in prize monies for the top three in each stroke category for men and women will be awarded. A bonus of $ 2,000 for a world record is also awailable. We also have Medals Tables and full Meet Results in the Special Events World Cup Coverage section.