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Swedish Star Emma Igelström Returns to the Pool! -- September 21, 2004 Emma Igelstroma - Sweden's Swimmer of the Year for 2002

By Bosse Hulten

MALMO, Sweden, September 21. SWEDISH breaststroker Emma Igelström has returned to competitive swimming. Igelstrom holds the world record in the 50 meter breaststroke (sc) and the European records in the 50, 100 and 200 meter breaststroke (sc).

Igelström had taken a 6-month break to address bulimia issues. She had been expected to challenge for podium positions in the breaststrokes in Athens before this condition led to an alternate path.

Igelström had erupted onto the international scene, primarily in short course venues, as a truly unique talent. She smashed world records with apparent ease before the rest of the world learned she faced tougher demons than the FINA world marks.

She will take up her training in Gothenburg and work together with coach Anne Mårdbrink.

SwimInfo wishes Igelström the best in her recovery and in her return to her swimming career. She has been a transcendent performer who has brought much joy to swimming fans around the world just watching and following her performances. We hope she can experience that same joy herself, in her return, as she has provided to those of us who have been privileged to see her swim.