Kozulj, Moravcova Set Euro Marks at Berlin World Cup

BERLIN, Jan. 20. CROATIA's Gordan Kozulj and Slovakia's Martina Moravcova raced to European records on the first day of competition at the Berlin World Cup meet, the eighth stop on the ten-venue FINA World Cup tour for 2000-2001.

Kozulj, a graduate of the University of California, stroked 52.24 for the 100 meters backstroke, eclipsing the record of 52.54 shared by Germany's Stev Theloke and Poland's Bart Kizierowski, a teammate of Kozulj's
at Berkeley.

Moravcova blitzed the women's 100 meter fly in 57.14, chopping four-tenths of a second off her own mark of 57.55 set last March.

Australia's fast-rising Clementine Stoney set a national and Commonwealth record when she won the 200 meters backstroke in 2:06.70, just edging the old record 2:06.78 set by Nicole Stevenson in 1992. Stoney came close to the world record of 2:06.09 held by China's He Cihong, a record believed to have been drug-aided.

In other highlights, Australia's Michael Klim won a hard-fought battle in the men's 100m free, touching in 47.53, just ahead of Argentina's pony-tailed Jose Meolans (47.61) and Russia's Alex Popov (47.98). Popov announced recently that he plans to swim through the 2004 Olympic Games.

Olympic champion Megan Quann won her first race on the European portion of the tour, taking the 100m breast in 1:07.67, just ahead of South Africa's Sarah Poewe and Germany's Sylvia Gerasch.

Short course WR-holder, Therese Alshammar, took the women's 50m free in 24.63.

Germany's Thomas Rupprath won the 200m butterfly in a very fast 1:53.35, just ahead of Russian Anatoli Poliakov at 1:53.96.

Russia's Dmitri Komornikov took the men's 200m breaststroke in 2:07.74, barely missing the European mark of 2:07.59 held by his teammate, Roman Sludnov.

RESULTS

Men's 100 meters freestyle
1. Michael Klim (AUS) 47.53
2. Jose Meolans (ARG) 47.61
3. Alexander Popov (RUS) 47.98

Women's 200 meters freestyle
1. Elka Graham (AUS) 1:57.13
2. Lori Munz (AUS) 1:57.92
3. Solenne Figues (FRA) 1:58.11

Men's 50 meters breaststroke
1. Arseni Maliarov (RUS) 27.39
2. Michael Fischer (GER) 27.40
3. Robert Van Der Zant (AUS) 27.66

Women's 100 meters breaststroke
1. Megan Quann (USA) 1:07.67
2. Sarah Poewe (SAF) 1:07.85
3. Sylvia Gerasch (GER) 1:07.86

Women's 100 meters butterfly
1. Martina Moravcova (SVK) 57.16 European Record
2. Otylia Jedrzejczak (POL) 59.18
3. Mette Jacobsen (DEN) 59.25

Men's 100 meters backstroke
1. Gordan Kozulj (CRO) 52.24 European Record
2. Darius Grigalionis (LTU) 52.79
3. Stev Theloke (GER) 53.11

Women's 50 meters backstroke
1. Sandra Voelker (GER) 27.69
2. Jennifer Carroll (CAN) 28.06
3. Daniela Samulski (GER) 28.25

Men's 200 meters butterfly
1. Thomas Rupprath (GER) 1:53.35
2. Anatoli Poliakov (RUS) 1:53.96
3. Josef Horky (CZE) 1:57.18

Women's 200 meters individual medley
1. Jennifer Reilly (AUS) 2:11.22
2. Lori Munz (AUS) 2:11.38
3. Oxana Verevka (RUS) 2:13.32

Men's 400 meters freestyle
1. Alexei Filipets (RUS) 3:44.70
2. Guy-Noel Schmitt (FRA) 3:45.75
2. Dmitri Koptour (BLR) 3:45.75

Women's 50 meters freestyle
1. Therese Alshammar (SWE) 24.63
2. Martina Moravcova (SVK) 25.00
3. Nadine Rolland (CAN) 25.39

Men's 200 meters breaststroke
1. Dmitri Komornikov (RUS) 2:07.74
2. Fabio Farabegoli (ITA) 2:08.32
3. Jim Piper (AUS) 2:09.81

Men's 100 meters individual medley
1. Robert Van Der Zant (AUS) 54.32
2. Peter Mankoc (SLO) 54.47
3. Jirka Letzin (GER) 54.74

Women's 200 meters backstroke
1. Clementine Stoney (AUS) 2:06.70 National Record 2. Reiko Nakamura (JPN) 2:11.09
3. Anke Scholz (GER) 2:11.83

Men's 50 meters butterfly
1. Thomas Rupprath (GER) 23.63
2. Adam Pine (AUS) 23.69
3. Michael Klim (AUS) 23.85

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