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FINA World Cup 8 - Day 1 Report

Feb 14, 1999

GLASGOW - The FINA World Cup returns for the second time to the Tollcross Pool, part of a leisure centre, where it first made an appearance in 1997.

Swimmers from 30 countries are taking part with a large contingent of the British best.

The meet get's off to a fast start in the 100 freestyle men's final, where Americans Sabir Muhammad , Scott Tucker and Australian Chris Fydler, are set to challenge Brazil's Gustavo Borges. The giant from Sao Paulo, whose fast start and split of 22.89 at at mid point give him the advantage. Borges increases his lead in the last two laps and touches in 47.52. Its his second win in the current World Cup series, after winning in Rio de Janeiro, last November. His winning time is worth 1004 points in the FINA Performance Rating table, for the top permoance of this World Cup.

Fydler in second place, in 48.00, holding off Tucker (48.48) and Muhammad (48.59). In fifth place former Jamaican Sion Brinn, now representing Great Britain, in 49.67.

In the second event, the women's 200 freestyle, Josefin Lillhage (SWE) wins thanks to a strong finish, in 1:59.23, narrowly over Nicola Jackson (GBR), 1:59.29 (new British junior record).

Zhu Yi (CHN) with a powerful stroke takes th men's 50 breaststroke (27.84) over Germany Jens Kruppa and Belgiums Fred deBurghgraeve, who both touch the wall in 27.98. Later Zhu added a first in the 200 breaststroke with 2:11.26 over Alexander Goukov (BLR) with 2:12.42.

In the women's 100 breaststroke Samantha Riley (AUS) bested Penny Heyns (RSA) who beat her at both the Australian World Cup meetings last January. The two long standing rivals had a head to head fight along the entire race, splitting respectively 32.02 and 32.05 at the 50 m. Riley's superior acceleration in the last length gave her the winning edge over Heyns: 1:07.63 and 1:07.88.

Stev Theloke (GER), won the 100 backstroke in 53.48, just off his European record from December of 52.54. He consolidades his lead in the backstroke category.

James Hickman (GBR) didn't extend himself in winning the 200 fly with 1:55.10. He's taking aim at the FINA Short Course World Championships next April in Hong Kong.

Yana Kolchkova (UKR) 16, improved her personal best and national record in the 200 IM from 2:12.36 to 2:10.80, moving her seventh fastest on the all time world list. Marianne Limpert, (CAN) who currently leads the Womens IM Category, was second in 2:13.24. In third Sue Rolph (GBR) with 2:13.37.

Shannon Hosack (USA) won the women's 50 free in 25.50, just ahead of Laura Nicholls (CAN) with 25.62 and Rolphs in third with 25.76.

In the women's 800 freestyle Chen Hua (CHN) won her second World Cup finishing in an excellent time of 8:22.25, 11th fastest on the all time lisr. She had her first win in Beijing with 8:28.31 in early January. Averaging under 1:03 for each 100 Claudia Poll (CRC) was in second place with 8:32.93.

Kelly Stefanyshyn (CAN) moved into the baclstroke category lead with a win in the 50 in 29.07 and a second in the 200. Cathleen Rund (GER) won the 2:10.23.

In the last race of day the men's 50 butterfly Milos Milosevic (CRO) the current world record holder, held off a strong challenge winning with an 23.77 over Sabir Muhammad (USA) (23.89).

Seventeen gold medals have been shared by 12 different countries on the first day, with CHN winning three and host GBR winning the most medals with 12.