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Ed Moses, Sweden's Emma Igelstrom Break World Breaststroke Marks -- January 23, 2002

By Phillip Whitten

STOCKHOLM, Jan 23. AMERICA'S Ed Moses completed his sweep of the men's breaststroke world records today, cracking his own mark in the 100 meters, while Sweden's Emma Igelstrom lowered the women's 50 meter breaststroke standard on Day Two of the World Cup VIII meet in Stockholm.

Moses clocked 57.47 seconds for the four-lapper,carving 19-hundredths of a second off the old mark, which he set in March 2000 at the NCAA Championships.

Russia's Roman Sloudnov, the world champion and record-holder for 100 meters breaststroke long-course, finished second in a European record 57.73 while Ukrain's Oleg Lisogor placed third in 57.97. The old European mark was 58.08, which Sloudnov set in Paris on January 19.

Yesterday, Moses devastated the world short course breaststroke marks for 50 and 200 meters, clocking 26.28 and 2:03.28.

Sweden's Igelstrom broke the world record for the women's 50 meters short course breaststroke only moments before Moses's swim.

Delighting her hometown crowd, the Swedish sprinter
clocked 30.43 seconds, beating Britain's Zoe Baker (30.62).

Igelstrom's time broke the record of 30.47 seconds set by China's Luo Xuejuan in Paris on January 19. It marked the sixth time the 50 meter breaststroke record has fallen in the last seven weeks.

It was also Igelstrom's second record performance in two days. Yesterday she lowered her own European mark for 100 meters breaststroke.

Men's Events
In other men's highlights, Oympic champ Pieter van den Hoogenband of Holland, won the 200 free in 1:43.85, just beating out Canada's fast-rising Rick Say, who set a national record in finishing second in 1:44.40. Yesterday Say won the 400 free in a NR 3;41.99.

Geoff Huegill edged Sweden's Lars Frolander in the 100 fly, in a battle of Olympic medalists. Huegill, who tied his own world record yesterday in the 50 fly (22.84), won the 100 today in 50.79 to Fro's 51.44.

The USA's Michael Gilliam added a win in the 50 back to his victory yesterday in the 100 (52.69). Gilliam won easily today in 24.50.

South Africa's Theo Verster just out-reached the USA's Grand Old Man of swimming, Ron karnaugh, to take the 200 IM, 1:57.65 to 1:57.83. Yesterday Karnaugh won the 100 IM in 54.77.

The USA's Jason Lezak won the 50 free in a season's best 21.57 to go with his win in the 100 (47.25) yesterday. He had to beat the world record-holder, Britain's Mark Foster, to win today. Foster touched in 21.66.

South Korea's Han Kyu-chul set an Asian record and became the first Asian to crack 15 minutes to 1500 meters when he charged home to win in 14:55.90.

Simon Dufour of France had an easy time winning the 200 back in 1:54.41.

Women's Events
The indomitable Martina Moravcova just keeps winning and winning and winning and winning! Today she scored two more victories, taking the 100 free in 53.40 to outclass a strong field that included WR-holder Therese Alshammar, and the 100IM in 1:00.70.

Swedish swimmers gave the home crowd a lot to cheer about. In addition to Igelstrom's world record, Swedish women won two other events. Sarah Nordenstam took the 400 IM in 4:38.99, just 3-hundredths slower than her national record, and WR-holder Anna-Karin kammerling won the 50 fly in 25.50--a time only she has bettered.

The USA's Haley Cope won the 100 back (59.66) and Denmark's Mette Jacobsen took the 200 fly (2:08.59),

China's Qi hui, the WR-holder, glided to a 2:20.87 win in the 200 breast, ahead of Igelstrom, who set a Swedish record in finishing second (2;22.85). World champion Yana Klochkova, Ukraine, took the 400 free in 4:07.29.


RESULTS

MEN

100 meter breaststroke
1. Ed Moses, USA 57.47 WR
2. Roman Sloudnov, RUS 57.73 ER
3. Oleg Lisogor, UKR 57.97 NR

200 meter freestyle
1. Peter Van Den Hoogenband, NED 1:43.85
2. Rick Say, CAN 1:44.40 NR
3. Scott Tucker, USA 1:45.95

100 meter butterfly
1. Geoff Huegill, AUS 50.79
2. Lars Frolander, SWE 51.44
3. Mike Mintenko, CAN 52.41

50 meter backstroke
1. Michael Gilliam, USA 24.50
2. Tero Raty, FIN 25.09
3. Petter Sjodal, NOR 25.21

200 meter individual medley
1. Theo Verster, RSA 1:57.65
2. Ron Karnaugh, USA 1:57.83
3. Terence Parkin, RSA 1:58.64

50 meter freestyle
1. Jason Lezak, USA 21.57
2. Mark Foster, GBR 21.66
3. Bartosz Kizierowski, POL 21.80

1,500 meter freestyle
1. Han Kyu-chul, KOR 14:55.90 AR
2. Dragos Coman, ROM 15:04.92
3. Rick Say, CAN 15:08.20

200 metres backstroke
1. Simon Dufour, FRA 1:54.41
2. Luka Gabrilo, SUI 1:56.92
3. Klaas Erik Zwering, NED 1:57.51


WOMEN

100 meter freestyle
1. Martina Moravcova, SVK 53.40
2. Johanna Sjoberg, SWE 53.61
3. Therese Alshammar, SWE 53.90

50 meter breaststroke
1. Emma Igelstrom, SWE 30.43 WR
2. Zoe Baker, GBR 30.62
3. Sarah Poewe, RSA 31.02

400 meter individual medley
1. Sara Nordenstam, SWE 4:38.99
2. Julie Hjort-Hansen, DEN 4:40.18
3. Beatrice Caslaru, ROM 4:42.44

100 meter backstroke
1. Haley Cope, USA 0:59.66
2. Charlene Wittstock, RSA 1:00.25
3. Jennifer Carroll, CAN 1:00.30

200 meter butterfly
1. Mette Jacobsen, DEN 2:08.59
2. Paola Cavallino, ITA 2:10.09
3. Audrey Lacroix, CAN 2:10.19

400 meter freestyle
1. Yana Klochkova, UKR 4:07.29
2. Camelia Potec, ROM 4:08.55
3. Amanda Pascoe, AUS 4:08.70

200 meter breaststroke
1. Qi Hui, CHN 2:20.87
2. Emma Igelstrom, SWE 2:22.85 NR
3. Amanda Beard, USA 2:23.12

100 meter individual medley
1. Martina Moravcova, SVK 1:00.70
2. Xu Yanwei, CHN 1:01.32
3. Haley Cope, USA 1:02.23

50 meter butterfly
1. Anna-Karin Kammerling, SWE 25.50
2. Therese Alshammar, SWE 26.04
3. Xi Zheng, CHN 26.47