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Emma Igelstrom Sets Euro Mark in 100m Breast at Swedish Nationals -- March 17, 2002

GOTEBORG, Sweden, March 17. EMMA Igelstrom completed a remarkable performance at the Swedish Short Course Championships in Goteborg today, by breaking her own European record in the women's 100 meter breaststroke.

Igelstrom split 31.32 on her way to a final time of 1:05.93, making her the first European to crack 1:06. It was the third time the Swedish sprinter has broken the European record in this event this year. South africa's Penny Heyns holds the world mark at 1:05.40.

Earlier in this meet, Igelstrom broke the world record for 50 meters (30.24) and the Swedish national record for 200 meters breaststroke.

In other events today, Sara Nordenstam was a double winner, taking the 200m fly in 2:11.09, then coming back in the very next women's event to win the 200 IM in 2:14.84. In both events, she led from start to finish. Igelstrom had qualified first in the medley at 2:15.31, but scratched the final to concentrate on the 100m breaststroke.

Anna-Karin Kammerling, best known as a fly/free sprinter, took the 50 back in 28.79, beating out Therese Alshammar at 29.07.

Ann Berglund won the 800 free in 8:44.98 for her econd win of the meet. Erlier she had taken the 400 in 4:12+.

Olympic champion Lars Frolander won the men's 100m butterfly in 52.28 seconds, with Tero Valimaa second in 52.60. Fro led by 54-hundredths at the halfway point, 24.36 - 24.90. Valimaa came on in the final 50, but did not have enough to catch the flying Fro.

Jens Johansson, who won the 100m breaststroke two days ago, took the 50 today in a smart 28.08 seconds. Tied for 24th place was 45 year-old Glen Christiansen, in 30.37. This meet marked the start Christiansen's fourth decade of Swedish Nationals swimming. The two-time Olympian marked his 31st consecutive year of competing at his nation's nationals.

Christiansen's time bettered his own, recently-set, Masters world mark of 30.60 for men 45-49.

Jesper Levander, 22, who won the 400 free yesterday, added the 200 today. Levander's 1:49.23 was enough to hold off Jonas Persson, at 1:49.80.

Dan Hellstrom won the 400 IM in 4;22.83, after trailing Daniel Hallden for the first 200 meters. Hallden faded to fourth in the final half of the race.

Sodertonns SS won the men's 4x 100m free relay in 3:17.92, out-touching Allmanna SS by two-tenths of a second. Sodertonns come-from-behind victory was anchored by Stefan Nystrand's 47.53. Allmanna was paced by Frolander, who split 47.69 for the second leg.

Complete Swedish National Results