STOCKHOLM, Sweden, November 11. THE first day of finals at the FINA World Cup stop held in Stockholm featured a pair of world records as the meet got off to a fast start.
South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh downed his global standard in the 50 breast even further, while Peter Marshall claimed compatriot Ryan Lochte's world record in the 100 back.
Women's 800 freestyle
Denmark's Lotte Friis claimed the distance title in 8:14.99, while Chile's Kristel Kobrich finished second in 8:20.09. South Africa's Kathryn Meaklim completed the podium in 8:32.72.
Men's 100 freestyle
Sweden's Stefan Nystrand was out under his world-record pace, but came up just short of his 45.83 set at the 2007 Berlin stop with a winning time of 46.03. South Africa's Lyndon Ferns took second in 47.02, while France's Alain Bernard placed third in 47.04.
Women's 200 freestyle
Sweden's Petra Granlund pocketed first place with a time of 1:54.77, while compatriot Josefin Lillhage finished second in 1:55.37. Kara Lynn Joyce of the U.S. wound up taking third-place money with a 1:57.25.
Men's 50 breaststroke
South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh broke 26 seconds as he bettered his world record in the sprint breast. van der Burgh clocked a time of 25.94 to down his short-lived standard of 26.08 set in Moscow this weekend.
Vlad Polyakov of Kazakhstan took second in 26.72, while Australia's Christian Sprenger placed third in 26.86.
Women's 100 breaststroke
Australia's Sarah Katsoulis cruised in the 100 breast with a triumphant time of 1:04.84. She downed Sweden's Joline Hostman, who placed a distant second in 1:06.13. Tara Kirk of the U.S. completed the top three in 1:06.20.
Men's 400 IM
Denmark's Chris Christensen topped the distance medley event with a time of 4:11.47. Brazil's Diogo Yabe placed second in 4:13.12, while Denmark's Tobias Urban Hansen rounded out the podium in 4:28.31 after Robert Margalis of the U.S. was disqualified.
Women's 100 butterfly
Singapore's Li Tao grabbed the victory in 56.87, while Denmark's Jeanette Ottesen finished second in 57.46. Sweden's Petra Granlund wound up third in 57.78.
Men's 100 backstroke
Peter Marshall of the U.S. provided the second world record of the day as he blitzed the 100 back with a time of 49.94. That effort eclipsed the global and American standard of 49.99 set by Ryan Lochte in Shanghai.
Compatriot Randall Bal placed second in 50.30, while Australia's Robert Hurley took third in 51.01.
Women's 50 backstroke
Croatia's Sanja Jovanovic earned a first-place finish with a time of 27.16 in the sprint back. Brazil's Fabiola Molina touched second in 27.45, while Australia's Sophie Edington took third in 27.58.
Men's 200 butterfly
Russia's Nikolay Skvortsov took the first-place check with a time of 1:52.33, while Australia's Chris Wright finished second in 1:53.71. France's Christophe Lebon put in a third-place readout of 1:54.48.
Women's 200 IM
South Africa's Kathryn Meaklim claimed the event title with a time of 2:09.54, while Brazil's Joanna Maranhao-Melo placed second in 2:11.36. South Africa's Mandy Loots, who took the swim out under world-record place, wound up third in 2:11.46.
Men's 400 freestyle
Ous Mellouli of Tunisia cleaned up in the middle distance race with a time of 3:38.42. Germany's Paul Biedermann finished second in 3:42.06, while Denmark's Mads Glaesner placed third in 3:42.79.
Women's 50 freestyle
Australia's Marieke Guehrer grabbed the splash-and-dash crown with a time of 24.25. Sweden's Therese Alshammar touched second in 24.32, while compatriot Josefin Lillhage took third in 24.47.
Men's 200 breaststroke
Ukraine's Igor Borysik picked up the title with a time of 2:05.68, while Japan's Kazuki Otsuka took second in 2:06.47. Australia's Christian Sprenger wrapped up the top three with a 2:06.48.
Men's 100 IM
Ous Mellouli captured another title, this time with a 52.78 in the sprint medley. South Africa's Darian Townsend finished second in 52.94, while Nick Brunelli of the U.S. pocketed third with a time of 53.34.
Women's 200 backstroke
New Zealand's Melissa Ingram cruised in the race with a time of 2:04.88 for the win. Australia's Sophie Edington turned in a second-place time of 2:06.18, while Japan's Tomoyo Fukuda picked up third in 2:06.40.
Men's 50 butterfly
Australia's Matt Jaukovic posted a time of 22.85 to win the sprint fly, while Russia's Evgeny Korotyshkin took second in 23.04. France's Fred Bousquet rounded out the top three in 23.06.