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Sweden's Anna-Karin Kammerling Breaks Inky's World Record in the 50 Fly; Theloke, Hard Set Euro Marks -- July 30, 2002

By Phillip Whitten, Bill Bell, Steve Thomas and Norbert Agh

BERLIN, July 30. SHE'S not here and she's lost her crown -- at least one of them.

The Netherlands' Inge deBruijn, quadruple world record-holder in the 50-100 meter freestyles and the 50-100 meter butterflys, lost one of her fly titles this evening on Day 2 of the European Championships, as Sweden's Anna-Karin Kammerling blasted to a stunning 25.57 global standard to win the 50 going away.

Inky's old record was 25.64 from the Speedo Super 2000 Grand Prix at Sheffield, England in late May of 2000.

Kammerling's previous pr had been a 26.28 from this year's Swedish EC Trials at Landskrona last month. That time ranked her No. 1 globally going into the meet and she was top qualifier with a 26.79. But few expected a 25.57 world record from the Swedish star, especially since Inky had been the only woman ever under 26.0 prior to this evening. (DeBruijn won the World Championship title last summer in Fukuoka with
history's then second-best clocking of 25.90.)

Until tonight Kammerling's teammate, former University of Nebraska Big 12 champion Therese Alshammar, had been the No. 2 50 fly performer with her 26.18 from the Fukuoka semis -- history's fourth-fastest performance.

Before this year, Kammerling had always been known as a short course swimmer -- and a drop dead sprinter. She holds the short course world record in the 50 fly. But last month at Landskrona, she came into her own in long course swimmingat landskrona last month, clocking pr's of 26.28 and 59.18 in the 50/100 fly. Off her spectacular world mark today, she projects to a 57+ in the 100 meters, which means she'll be a definite threat to pre-meet favorite, martina Moravcova.

Theloke Sets European Mark in the 100m Back
In the another final this evening, the home team's Stev Theloke defeated Austria's (and Stanford's) Markus Rogan to win the 100 back, 54.42-54.54. The winner's time was a pr, German and European record, eclipsing his old standards of 54.43 from the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York. Rogan's time is also his pr, an Austrian record and he now ranks as the continent's second-fastest 100 man.

Another Hard day's Night
Another final saw Finland's Jere Hard upset the continental record-holder in the 100 fly and tonight's top qualifier, Germany's Thomas Rupprath, to win the 50 fly in a Euro record 23.50 -- equaling the second best performance in the event's brief history.

Australia's Geoff Huegill, WR-holder with his 23.44 from the Fukuoka semis, won in 23.50 so Hard's in some pretty fast company. His old pr was a 23.88 from the 2000 Euro Championships, so he not only won this evening but defended his title as well.

The previous continental record was a 23.57 by Sweden's Lars Frolander, Sydney and Fukuoka gold medalist in the 100 fly, who was second to Huegill
at last summer's World Championships.

Rupprath was world leader with his NR 23.86 from the German Trials last May, and qualified No. 1 with a Championship record 23.77 to Hard's 23.94, which
placed him third fastest.

Rupprath took home the silver (23.78) and Frolander the bronze (23.85).


Lisogor Upsets Sloudnov
When you step on the blocks, all your credentials mean jack. Russia's Roman Sloudnov learned that hard fact of life today in the finals of the men's 100 meter breaststroke, a tough event in which it took a sub-1:02 semifinal swim just to get to stand on the blocks for the finals.

Sloudnov, the world champion, the only man ever to swim under a minute in the event and the pre-meet favorite was upset by Ukraine's Oleg Lisogor, the worsld champion at 50 meters. Lisogor won in 1:00.29, tying him with the USA's Ed Moses for #2 on the all-time performers list. Sloudnov is fastest at 59.94.

Sloudnov was almost a full second off his world mark, touching in 1:00.72, while France's Huges Duboscq was third in 1:01.04. Hungary's Karoly Guttler, 34, who set a world record in this event more than a decade ago, swam 1:01.39 in the semis and 1;01.58 in the finals, to finish fifth.


Russia's Komarova Upsets Strong Field in 200m Back
Two weeks ago, Russia's Stanislava Komarova won the 200 meter backstroke aat the European Junior Championships in Lidz, Austria. Now she can add "European champion" to her list of accomplishments.

Today, the 17 year-old took the 200 meter dorsal event in a national record 2:09.49. And she did it in style, recording the world's fastest time this year and beating runner-up Nina Zhivanevskaia of Spain -- the former Russian record-holder before she changed nationalities -- in the process. Ukraine's Irina Amshennikova was the surprise bronze medalist.

Komarova tamed an impressive field that included 2000 Olympic champion Diana Mocanu (fifth in 2:11.99), German Olympian Antje Buschschulte (sixth in 2:12.09) and France's Roxana Maracineanu (eighth in 2:12.58).


Germany Takes Women's 4x200m Freestyle Relay
The way the Germnans have been swimming, they were heavily favored to win the women's 4x200m freestyle relay, andd they did not disappoint. The team of Petra Dallmann, Alessa Ries, Hannah Stockbauer and Franzi Van Almsick, combined to win by almost seven seconds with a 7:59.07 performance. In second place -- and very much of a surprise -- was Spain, with Sweden three seconds further in arrears for the bronze.


Piper Nabs Women's 10-meter platform diving
Germany's Anke Piper upset a strong field of divers to earn gold on the 10-meter platform. Her 337.05 points were almost six points more than silver medalist, Tania cagnotto, of Italy. Favorite Olena Zhulpina, Ukraine, was fourth.


EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Berlin, Germany
DAY TWO: July 30, 2002

RESULTS


Men's 50 meter butterfly

1. Jere Hard (FIN) 23.50 ER
2. Thomas Rupprath (GER) 23.78
3. Lars Frolander (SWE) 23.85
4. Ewout Holst (NED) 24.10
5. Joris Keizer (NED) 24.11
6. Javier Noriega (ESP) 24.23 n
7. Andriy Serdinov (UKR) 24.24
8. Zsolt Gaspar (HUN) 24.29


Men's 100 meter backstroke

1. Stev Theloke (GER) 54.42 ER
2. Markus Rogan (AUT) 54.54 n
3. Pierre Roger (FRA) 54.89 n
4. Steffen Driesen (GER) 54.93
5. Peter Horvath (HUN) 55.18
6. Marko Strahija (CRO) 55.36
7. Simon Dufour (FRA) 55.37
8. Gordan Kozulj (CRO) 55.38


Women's 50 meter butterfly

1. Anna-Karin Kammerling (SWE) 25.57 WR
2. Daniela Samulski (GER) 26.86
3. Chantal Groot (NED) 26.91
4. Agata Korc (POL) 27.04
5. Angela San Juan (ESP) 27.30
6. Vered Borochovski (ISR) 27.36
6. Fabienne Nadarajah (AUT) 27.36
8. Karen Egdal (DEN) 27.59


Men's 100 meter breaststroke

1. Oleg Lisogor (UKR) 1:00.29 n
2. Roman Sloudnov (RUS) 1:00.72
3. Huges Duboscq (FRA) 1:01.04 n
4. Jarno Pihlava (FIN) 1:01.27
5. Karoly Guttler (HUN) 1:01.58
6. Mihaly Flaskay (HUN) 1:01.69
7. Roman Ivanovski (RUS) 1:01.90
8. Davide Cassol (ITA) 1:02.24


Women's 200 meter backstroke

1. Stanislava Komarova (RUS) 2:09.49
2. Nina Zhivanevskaia (ESP) 2:10.27
3. Irina Amshennikova (UKR) 2:11.59 n
4. Louise Ornstedt (DEN) 2:11.94 n
5. Diana Mocanu (ROM) 2:11.99
6. Antje Buschschulte (GER) 2:12.09
7. Alenka Kejzar (SLO) 2:12.43
8. Roxana Maracineanu (FRA) 2:12.58


Women's 4x200 meter freestyle relay

1. Germany 7:59.07
(Petra Dallmann, Alessa Ries,
Hannah Stockbauer, Franziska van Almsick)
2. Spain 8:05.83
(Laura Roca, Melissa Caballero,
Erika Villaecija, Tatiana Rouba)
3. Sweden 8:08.46
(Josefin Lillhage, Johanna Sjoberg,
Lisa Wanberg, Ida Mattsson)
4. Switzerland 8:10.07
5. Netherlands 8:10.98
6. Denmark 8:13.33
7. Greece 8:16.80
Italy DQ


Women's 10-meter platform diving

1. Anke Piper (GER) 337.05 points
2. Tania Cagnotto (ITA) 331.32
3. Olga Leonova (UKR) 321.93
4. Olena Zhupina (UKR) 311.46
5. Dolores Saez de Ibarra (ESP) 301.32
6. Olga Klokova (RUS) 300.03
7. Anja Richter-Libiseller (AUT) 299.46
8. Svetlana Timoshinina (RUS) 294.09


Results: European Championships