Rogan Smashes Euro Mark in 200 Back, Just Misses WR: Neethling, Schoeman, Moravcova, Alshammar Keep Winning on Day 2 of Berlin World Cup

By Craig Lord

BERLIN, January 22. MARKUS Rogan, of Austria, (pictured) set the second day of the Berlin round of the World Cup alight when he missed the world record over 200 metres backstroke by just 15-hundredths of a second.

In 1:50.67 he established a European record but missed Aaron Peirsol's
global standard by the tiniest of margins as he finished well ahead of the
pack, American Randall Bal second on 1:52.05.

At the half-way mark of the 200 metres freestyle, Ryk Neethling of South
Africa, was 0.06 seconds up on Ian Thorpe's world record pace but, in a race of his own, the field well back, faded well off the Australian's best return speed to win the race in 1min 42.75.

After racing with a sprained finger, Neethling said: "I had to race hard
from the start because there was no-one in the race who could match my
speed. If I'd have had stronger opposition I think I'd have gone under the
1:42 mark."

Oleg Lisogor, of Ukraine, is back to best in a short-course pool and
clocked the best time in the world this season over 100 metres breaststroke
to defeat Ed Moses, the world record holder from America, 57.94 to 58.10.

Therese Alshammar (pictured below) won the 100 metres freestyle in the first 20 metres of the race, by which time she had established a lead of more than half a body length. The likes of German Petra Dallmann have, of late, then been able to catch up with the world record holder as the race goes on, but Alshammar looks to be shaping up to her form of 2000, the year in which she won the Olympic silver medal over 50 metres, and maintained her lead in Berlin. The clock stopped at 53.32, with Dallmann second on 54.10 and Solenne Figues of France third on 54.73.



50m freestyle:
1 R Schoeman (RSA) 21.45
2 J Lezak (US) 21.48
3 R Neethling (RSA) 21.60

200m freestyle:
1 R Neethling (RSA) 1:42.75
2 O Wildeboer (Spain) 1:45.03
3 S Binevicius (Lith) 1:45.32

1500m freestyle:
1 Y Prilukov (Rus) 14:38.96
2 P Biedermann (Ger) 14:40.01
3 D Coman (Rom) 14:40.59

50m backstroke:
1= T Rupprath (Ger), 23.77
1= R Bal (US) 23.77
3 H Meeuw (Ger) 24.35

200m backstroke:
1 M Rogan (Aut) 1:50.67 (European record)
2 R Bal (US) 1:52.05
3 E Aleshin (Rus) 1:52.78

100m breaststroke:
1 O Lisogor (Ukraine) 57.94
2 E Moses (US) 58.10
3 J Piper (Aus) 58.53

100m butterfly: 1 R Takayasu (Japan) 50.84
2 A Serdinov (Ukraine) 51.33
3 N Skvortsov (Rus) 51.34

200m medley:
1 H Sano (Japan) 1:56.35
2 V Janusaitis (Lith) 1:57.48
3 K Kasprowicz (Ger) 1:58.66


100m freestyle:
1 T Alshammar (Swe) 53.32
2 P Dallmann (Ger) 54.10
3 S Figues (Fra) 54.73

400m freestyle:
1 C Potec (Rom) 4:03.43
2 R Komisarz (US) 4:04.74
3 E Villaecija (Spain) 4:05.02

100m backstroke:
1 L Ornstedt (Den) 58.51
2 A Buschschulte (Ger) 58.58
3 A Terakawa (Japan) 59.26

50m breaststroke:
1 E Bogomazova (Rus) 31.30
2 S Weiler (Ger) 31.34
3 A Sheppard (GB) 31.37

200m breaststroke:
1 Y Sakaguchi (Japan) 2:23.84
2 S Weiler (Ger) 2:24.46
3 A Poleska (Ger) 2:24.52

50m butterfly
1 Alshammar 25.79
2 F Nadarajah (Aut) 26.44
3 A Urbanczyk (Pol) 26.59

200m butterfly:
1 M Jacobsen (Den) 2:05.90
2 Y Kown (Kor) 2:08.45
3 W Jiang (China) 2:08.50

100m medley:
1 M Moravcova (Svk) 1:00.81
2 A Urbanczyk (Pol) 1;01.52
3 S Volker (Ger) 1:01.89

400m medley:
1 T Rohmann (Ger)4:36.87
2 M Amano (Japan) 4:38.58
3 J Hansen (Den) 4:41.25

Alshammar on pool deck before Athens Olympics

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