Swedish Grand Prix: Sarah Sjostom Shines Again

UPSALA, Sweden, February 14. DURING the final day of long course meter action at the Swedish Grand Prix, Sarah Sjostrom shined again with another double.

Sarah Sjostrom kept on rolling at the meet with a 56.25 to win the women's 100 free. Nathalie Lindborg took second in 57.03, while Magdalena Kuras placed third in 57.58. Sjostrom doubled up with a 1:02.34 in the women's 100 back – just missing her national record of 1:02.06 set in March last year. Sandra Hafstrom touched second in 1:04.03, while Estonia's Katlin Sepp finished third in 1:04.10.

Mattias Carlsson topped the men's 200 free in 1:53.72, while Robin Andreasson touched second in 1:54.26. Kristian Kron grabbed third in 1:59.20. Greece's Fotios Koliopoulis dominated the men's 100 fly in 56.19. Pontus Flodqvist finished second in 59.07, while Bjorn Sundin placed third in 59.15.

Jennie Johansson closed to within less than a second of the Swedish record in the women's 50 breast with a 31.92. Emma Igelstrom holds the overall record with a 31.17 from 2002. Una Finnman earned second in 32.67, while Joline Hostman placed third in 33.13.

Greece's Ioannis Karpouzlis snared the men's 100 breast title in 1:05.24, while Chris Jones took second in 1:06.03. Israel's Yaron Shaqalov claimed third in 1:06.59. Stina Gardell cruised in the women's 400 IM with a 4:51.83. Sara Thyden placed a distant second in 4:57.13, while Emma Wallin took third in 5:09.26.

Konstantin Sundin won the men's 50 back in 27.55, while Andreasson earned his second podium of the day with a 28.02. Tobias Karlsson placed third in 28.84. Martina Granstrom eased through the women's 200 fly with a winning time of 2:13.45. Israel's Alisa Tsypin placed second in 2:18.22, while Matilda Larsson completed the top three in 2:21.61.

Simon Sjodin captured the men's 200 IM crown in 2:03.76. Simon Frank touched second in 2:08.44, while Greece's Christos Katrantzis finished third in 2:10.47. Ida Sandin snared the women's 400 free in 4:25.15. Linnea Bielicz finished second in 4:33.62, while Ingrid Knutzen earned third in 4:34.00.

Petter Stymne dropped a 23.08 in the men's 50 free for the win. Koliopoulis took his second podium with a 23.66, while Israel's Almog Olstein finished third in 23.74. Hostman moved up from third in the women's 50 breast to the top of the podium with a 2:31.90 in the women's 200 breast. Gardell placed second in 2:34.26, while Elin Martensson snagged third in 2:34.30.

Johan Magnusson touched out Anton Nieminen, 16:54.71 to 16:54.82, in the men's 1500 free. Pavel Naroskin picked up third in 17:11.59. Kuras won the women's 50 fly in 28.25, while Celine Bertrand placed second in 28.42. Isabelle Hostman wound up third in 28.48. Kron claimed the men's 200 back in 2:05.42. Carlsson (2:06.94) and Sundin (2:10.65) made up the rest of the top three.

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