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STOCKHOLM, Sweden, November 6. THE first day of short course meter finals racing is complete at the World Cup stop in Stockholm.
Women's 800 free
Denmark's Lotte Friis moved to third in the world rankings with a winning time of 8:20.66. Only Katie Goldman (8:12.65) and Blair Evans (8:14.86) have been faster. France's Coralie Balmy placed second in 8:26.07, while Sweden's Rebecka Ekelund took third in 8:42.40.
Norway's Elin Slatmo (8:46.76), Finland's Laura Lajunen (8:54.07) and Russia's Anastasia Vasilitsyna (9:07.08) also competed in the finale.
Men's 100 free
Sweden's Stefan Nystrand won the sprint event in 47.07 to move into a fourth-place tie in the world rankings with Matthew Abood's July effort. Cesar Cielo (45.87), Steffen Deibler (46.69) and Sergey Fesikov (46.97) own the top three times ahead of the duo. Deibler tied France's Yannick Agnel for second this evening with matching 47.26s.
South Africa's Lyndon Ferns (47.50), Abood (47.59), USA's William Copeland (47.66), South Africa's Darian Townsend (48.04) and Sweden's Lars Frolander (48.29) completed the top eight.
Women's 200 free
France's Camille Muffat jumped to third in the rankings with a swift time of 1:53.74. Her performance stands behind only Femke Heemskerk's 1:52.42 and Dana Vollmer's 1:53.67. Australia's Angie Bainbridge touched just behind in 1:53.87 to improve her previously third-ranked season best of 1:54.28, while Sweden's Petra Granlund earned third in 1:55.44.
Australia's Merindah Dingjan (1:55.46), Germany's Silke Lippok (1:55.68), Sweden's Gabriella Fagundez (1:56.32), Sweden's Ida Marko-Varga (1:57.08) and France's Coralie Balmy (2:00.37) finished fourth through eighth.
Men's 50 breast
South Africa's Roland Schoeman, who already owns the top time in the world with a 26.09 from the Berlin stop, captured the sprint breast in 26.34. Sweden's Jakob Dorch placed second in 27.10, while Russia's Stanislave Lakhtyukov rounded out the podium in 27.12.
Russia's Sergey Geybel (27.25), South Africa's Neil Versfeld (27.26), Russia's Anton Lobanov (27.76), China's Xue Jiajia (27.80) and Sweden's Niklas Tour (27.85) picked up the rest of the finals finishes.
Women's 100 breast
In an exciting finish, Sweden's Jennie Johansson held off Sweden's Joline Hostman and Denmark's Rikke Moeller Pederson, 1:05.64 to 1:05.65 and 1:05.83, for the event title. Johansson improved to third in the world, while Hostman took fourth in the world.
Australia's Sally Foster (1:07.04), Japan's Mio Motegi (1:07.46), Japan's Keiko Fukodome (1:07.82), Norway's Katharina Stiberg (1:07.90) and Russia's Valentina Artemyeva (1:08.91) also vied for the title.
Men's 400 IM
Brazil's Thiago Pereira kept rolling to the World Cup overall grand prize of $100,000 with his 19th gold medal of the circuit. This time, he clocked a 4:04.62 in the distance medley for the victory. Japan's Kosuke Hagino placed second in 4:08.56, while France's Sebastien Rouault touched third in 4:09.05.
Spain's Carlos Vives (4:15.61), Belgium's Ward Bauwens (4:19.84), Luxembourg's Raphael Stacchiotti (4:21.13), Sweden's Linus Kanth (4:23.82) and The Netherland's Davy Verreussel (4:24.49) made up the top eight.
Women's 100 fly
Sweden's Therese Alshammar also kept rolling up the World Cup grand prize points with a winning time of 55.53. That's her 14th gold medal of the circuit thus far. Her effort cleared Dana Vollmer's 55.59 as the top time in the world this year, and moved to third all time in the event. Diane Bui Duyet (55.05) and Felicity Galvez (55.46) are the only swimmers to have gone faster, while Vollmer's effort had stood as the fastest swim in a textile suit.
Vollmer, meanwhile, earned second-place honors in 56.40, while Denmark's Jeanette Ottesen took third in 56.92.
Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom (57.62), Sweden's Martina Granstrom (57.90), USA's Elaine Breeden (58.16), Sweden's Petra Granlund (58.52) and South Africa's Mandy Loots (58.82) earned the rest of the top spots.
Men's 100 back
USA's Peter Marshall snared the gold medal in 50.79, while France's Jeremy Stravius touched second overall in 51.30. Brazil's Guilherme Guido placed third in 51.36.
USA's Randall Bal (51.42), USA's David Russell (51.53), Spain's Aschwin Wildeboer (51.62), Russia's Arkady Vyatchanin (51.76) and South Africa's George Du Rand (52.75) also swam in the finale.
Women's 50 back
Australia's Belinda Hocking topped the sprint back in 27.42, while Sweden's Magdalena Kuras placed second in 27.66. Spain's Mercedes Peris took third overall in 27.67.
Norway's Ingvild Snildal (27.94), Belgium's Jasmijn Verhaegen (28.23), Croatia's Sanja Jovanovic (28.23), Denmark's Pernille Larsen (28.44) and Sweden's Emma Svensson (28.56) made up the rest of the championship field.
Men's 200 fly
Japan's Daiya Seto claimed the distance fly title in 1:53.57, while Sweden's Simon Sjodin finished second in 1:54.41. Brazil's Leonardo De Deus wound up third overall in 1:54.64.
The Netherlands' Joeri Verlinden (1:56.11), Russia's Maksim Ganikhin (1:57.96), Russia's Andrey Tambovskiy (1:59.64), France's Jordan Coelho (1:59.93) and Russia's Ilya Skrydlov (2:01.22) finished fourth through eighth.
Women's 200 IM
USA's Julia Smit cruised to victory in the event with a time of 2:07.17, while Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry continued her comeback with a second-place time of 2:10.21. Sweden's Stina Gardell earned third overall in 2:10.74.
Russia's Daria Belyakina (2:11.77), Sweden's Ida Sandin (2:12.34), Belgium's Fanny Lecluyse (2:12.76), Sweden's Sara Thyden (2:12.99) and France's Lara Grangeon (2:13.61) posted the rest of the championship heat finishes.
Men's 400 free
Germany's Paul Biedermann touched out France's Yannick Agnel, 3:41.27 to 3:41.42, for the middle distance title. Faroes' Pal Joensen picked up third-place honors with a time of 3:46.13.
Japan's Jumpei Higashi (3:46.78), Denmark's Andres Lie (3:46.95), Belgium's Ward Bauwens (3:50.54), Norway's Gard Kvale (3:53.73) and The Netherlands' Joost Reyns (3:58.30) earned fourth through eighth.
Women's 50 free
The Netherlands' Hinkelien Schreuder won the splash-and-dash in 23.91, while Sweden's Therese Alshammar backed up her strong 100 fly time with a second-place 24.25. Germany's Dorothea Brandt took third in 24.45.
Sweden's Claire Hedenskog (24.76), Sweden's Josefin Lillhage (24.87), Australia's Angie Bainbridge (24.96), France's Anna Santamans (25.08) and Australia's Sally Foster (25.19) comprised the rest of the finale.
Men's 200 breast
Russia's Anton Lobanov paced the finale in 2:06.85, while South Africa's Neil Versfeld took second in 2:07.18. Japan's Daiya Seto wound up third in 2:07.52.
Australia's Craig Calder (2:08.48), Lithuania's Edvinas Dautartas (2:10.60), Slovakia's Tomas Klobucnik (2:11.17), Russia's Marat Amaltdinov (2:12.97) and Denmark'sChris Christensen (2:13.20) took fourth through eighth.
Men's 100 IM
Russia's Sergey Fesikov clipped Brazil's Thiago Pereira, 52.81 to 52.93, in the sprint medley. South Africa's Darian Townsend finished third in 53.13.
Brazil's Henrique Rodrigues (53.31), France's Jeremy Stravius (54.52), Croatia's Duje Draganja (54.96), Russia's Alexey Atsapkin (55.18) and Croatia's Dominik Straga (55.87) rounded out the top eight.
Women's 200 back
Australia's Belinda Hocking doubled up with a 2:03.43 in the distance dorsal. USA's Julia Smit took second in 2:05.35, while Japan's Marie Kamimura placed third in 2:05.41.
Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry (2:05.83), France's Alexianne Castel (2:06.89), France's Alexandra Putra (2:07.73), Russia's Maria Gromova (2:08.29) and Denmark's Pernille Larsen (2:08.71) also swam in the championship heat.
Men's 50 fly
South Africa's Roland Schoeman closed down the first day of swimming with a winning 22.49 in the sprint fly. Germany's Steffen Deibler took second in 22.83, while Sweden's Lars Frolander placed third in 23.27.
USA's William Copeland (23.49), Spain's Rafael Munoz (23.87), The Netherlands' Joeri Verlinden (23.93), Sweden's Pontus Flodqvist (24.01) and Slovakia's Michal Navara (24.28) placed fourth through eighth.