RIO - The second final session on Sunday, Nov 22, started at 9 am in overcast wheather but mild temperatures of 23c and a live TV for the two and a half hours duration of the session. In Brazil swimming is the third most popular sport on televison, behind football and volleyball. The potential audience is between 30 and 40 million viewers.
After an easy win in the women's 100 free for Sue Rolph (GBR) in 54.61, the highlight for the day was the men's 200 freestyle where Brazil's Gustavo Borges was to meet Ian "Thorpedo" Thorpe (AUS).
It was a strategic race, with Ian Thorpe in second throughout the first half (53.1) and then moving just ahead of Borges, in lane two, in the second 100, touching at the finish in 1:46.26. Borges in second with 1:47.42 and Yann de Fabrique (FRA) third with 1:47.65.
In the men's 50 freestyle swimmers in outside lanes took the top spots. Jose Martin Meolans (ARG) in lane one took the lead on the second length to touch first with 22.32. Gustavo Borges (BRA) in lane eight was second with 22.40, and top qualifier Carlos Jayme (BRA) was third with 22.45 after a much faster prelim time of 22.05. Meolans and Borges are tied with 17 points for the sprint free category.
Luiz Lima (BRA) won the 1500 free with 14:57.87 a national and South American record, he was second in the 400 free yesterday giving him the distance free category lead with 17 points.=20
Stev Theloke (GER) will lead the backstroke category with wins in the 50 back 25.12 and 200 back 1:57.37 today and the 100 yesterday in 53.87
Jens Kruppa (GER) won the 100 breast with 1:01.23, having won the 50 yesterday to become the category leader.
Geoff Huegill (AUS) won the 100 fly in 52.39, and finished second in the 50 fly yesterday. In second today was Milos Milosevic (CRO) 52.72 who won the 50 fly yesterday. They are both tied for the lead in this category with 17 points.
Robert van der Zant (AUS) won the 200 I.M. today with 2:00.74 and the 400 I.M. yesterday to lead in the category with 20 points.
Rachel Harris (AUS) easily won the 400 free with 4:15.78, added to her win yesterday in the 800 free with 8:33.25 she will lead the distance category with 20 points.
Fabiola Molina (BRA) upset Cathleen Rund (GER) in the 100 back. Molina won with 1:02.11 (just 3/100ths off her national record) while Rund in second with 1:02.57, giving the lead in the points race to Molina who also won the 50 back yesterday.
Kelly Emmer (AUS) will lead the breaststroke category with wins in the 50 breast 33.08 today and the 100 yesterday in 1:10.75. The 15-year-old is on first international tour team.
Richelle Fox and Johanna Sjoberg share the category lead in butterfly with Fox winning the 50 today in 26.83 with a second on the 100 yesterday, Sjoberg was second in the 50 and 200 fly.
Sue Rolph (GBR) leads the IM category with wins in the 100 IM in 1:02.21 and 200 IM in 2:14.09, she also won the 100 free in 54.61 and picked up a second in the 50 free.
All in the family, a women's South American record in the 50 breaststroke in the prelims for Milene Comini with 33.55 bettering the old record of 33.68 by Patricia Comini who is her older sister. She further improved in the final to 33.10.Brazilian records were bettered in the
Thanks to a new sponsorship by Centrum (Vitamins) 2,000 reais (US $ 1,700) is awarded for a Brazilian record 2,500r for a South American and 50,000r for a world record with 20% for the coach. Records are assigned by competition, thus if bettered in the prelims and again in the finals it still counts once.
|1)||990||26.83||50 fly||Richelle DePold-Fox, 74,USA|
|2)||988||23.76||50 fly||Milos Milosevic, 72,CRO|
|3)||980||23.86||50 fly||Geoff Huegill, 79,AUS|
|4)||974||27.05||50 fly||Johanna Sjoberg, 78,SWE|
|5)||971||48.33||100 free||Gustavo Borges, 72,BRA|
|6)||969||1:02.21||100 IM||Sue Rolph, 78,GBR|
|7)||963||1:46.26||200 free||Ian Thorpe, 82,AUS|
|8)||961||4:38.42||400 IM||Yana Klochkova, 82,UKR|
|9)||951||14:57.87||1500 free||Luiz Lima, 77,BRA|
|10)||951||25.12||50 back||Stev Theloke, 78,GER|