Swedish Grand Prix, Uppsala: Sarah Sjostrom Closes Strong Meet; Jennie Johansson, Martina Granstrom, Jonatan Kopelev Break Into Top Five

UPPSALA, Sweden, February 5. THE two-day long course meter Swedish Grand Prix came to a close in Uppsala with another run of top five times in the early world rankings.

Sarah Sjostrom started the second day with a 54.17 to win the women's 100 free. That swim pushed her to third in the early world rankings behind Melanie Schlanger (53.87) and Amanda Weir (54.14) from last month. Michelle Coleman took second in 55.26, while Nathalie Lindborg earned third in 56.16. In the National Open of Montpellier today, Femke Heemskerk also clocked a 54.17.

Jennie Johansson cruised in the women's 50 breast with a 31.52. That effort tied her with Sarah Katsoulis for third in the world rankings behind Leiston Pickett (31.34) and Moniek Nijhuis (31.49). Andrea Bengtsson took second in 33.53, while Sandra Olofsson earned third in 33.64.

Martina Granstrom also jumped into third in the world, with a 2:08.22 in the women's 200 fly. Only Camille Adams (2:06.76) and Jemma Lowe (2:07.39) have been faster thus far this year. Ingvild Snildal finished a distant second in 2:13.69, while Petra Granlund placed third in 2:15.70.

Jonatan Kopelev clocked a swift 25.12 to win the men's 50 back. That performance bettered his second-ranked time of 25.16, but was not enough to clear Camille Lacourt's top-ranked swim of 25.05. Martin Nilsson took second in 27.31, while Pontus Renholm placed third in 27.35.

Yahov Toumarkin edged Simon Sjodin, 2:02.69 to 2:02.87, in the men's 200 IM. Gal Nevo picked up third in 2:07.53. Toumarkin doubled up with a 2:00.80 in the men's 200 back. Mattias Carlsson took second in 2:03.29, while Martin Nilsson finished third in 2:08.47.

Petter Stymne moved into the top 10 of the world rankings with a 22.45 to win the men's 50 free. Stefan Nystrand (22.97) and Yahav Shahaff (23.37) wound up second and third.

Robin Andreasson topped the men's 200 free title in 1:52.51, while Jesper Jonsson finished second in 1:55.31. Damien Cattin-Vidal placed third in 1:55.90. Imri Ganiel touched first in the men's 100 breast with a 1:03.27. Johannes Skagius finished second in 1:04.22, while Jakob Dorch wound up third in 1:04.44.

Sara Thyden claimed the women's 400 IM in 4:56.62. Celine Bertrand (5:07.27) and Erica Sjoholm (5:07.59) placed second and third. Alon Mandel touched out Lars Frolander, 53.76 to 53.86, in the men's 100 fly. Andreas Edlund took third in 59.56.

Michelle Coleman snared the women's 100 back in 1:03.35. Ida Lindborg picked up second in 1:03.84, while Lineea Olsson earned third in 1:05.44. Elsa Ericsson won the women's 400 free in 4:25.56. Josefine Hippi touched a close second in 4:25.64, while Amina Gummesson placed third in 4:34.22.

Joline Hostman topped the women's 200 breast in 2:29.45, while Elin Martensson finished second in 2:31.78. Stina Kajsa Colleou earned third in 2:36.79. Amit Ivry claimed the women's 50 fly in 26.67, while Ingvild Snildal earned second in 26.85. Celine Bertrand wound up third in 28.50.

Damien Cattin-Vidal won the distance freestyle event for the day with a 15:59.32 in the men's 1500 free.

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