FINA World Cup, Stockholm: Flash! Zhao Jing Sets World Record

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden, November 10. THE first day of prelims at the FINA World Cup stop hosted in Stockholm produced a world record by China's Zhao Jing.

Men's 100 free
In a ridiculously deep field, which saw the likes of Eamon Sullivan (47.38), Fred Bousquet (47.53), Filippo Magnini (47.74) and even Michael Phelps (47.77) not make the final, Sweden's Stefan Nystrand ripped off a 45.93 to top qualifying.

Canada's Brent Hayden qualified second in 46.30, while South Africa's Lyndon Ferns touched third in 46.32. Russia's Evgeny Lagunov placed fourth in 46.48, while Australia's Matthew Abood earned fifth in 46.50.

Russia's Sergey Fesikov (46.51), Russia's Danila Izotov (46.59) and Brazil's Nicolas Oliveira (47.00) rounded out the top eight.

Women's 200 free
France's Coralie Balmy cleared 1:56 to earn the top seed with a 1:55.24, while Canada's Alexandre Gabor finished second in 1:56.01 Germany's Silke Lippok (1:56.02), Finland's Hanna-Maria Seppala (1:56.25) and Australia's Merinda Dingjan (1:56.30) qualified third through fifth under 1:56.50.

Sweden's Petra Granlund (1:56.62), Japan's Haruka Ueda (1:56.83) and Russia's Darya Belyakina (1:56.83) also picked up transfer spots into the finale.

Men's 50 breast
It took well clear of a sub-27 to make finals in the sprint breast. South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh clocked a swift time of 25.86, while teammate Roland Schoeman finished second in 25.99.

Brazil's Felipe Silva broke his national mark with a 26.17. That effort lowered the 26.61 he set during the Moscow stop this weekend. Kazakhstan's Vlad Polyakov qualified fourth in 26.56, while South Africa's Neil Versfeld placed fifth in 26.57.

Brazil's Eduardo Fischer (26.59), France's Hugues Duboscq (26.64) and Brazil's Henrique Barbosa (26.69) also made finals. Dubuscq lowered his French record of 27.03 set in December 2008.

Women's 100 breast
Demonstrating just how deep this meet has proven to be in the early going, Jessica Hardy of the U.S. missed the finale with a ninth-place 1:07.01. She missed setting up another showdown with Australia's Leisel Jones, who topped qualifying in 1:04.94 as she continues her return to form.

Japan's Nanaka Tamura finished second in 1:05.30, while Denmark's Rikke-Moller Pederson touched third in 1:06.02. China's Sun Ye qualified fourth in 1:06.03 with Sweden's Joline Hostman taking fifth in 1:06.31.

Japan's Rie Kaneto (1:06.32), Sweden's Jennie Johansson (1:06.36) and Sweden's Una Finnman (1:06.94) all cleared 1:07 to make the championship field.

Women's 100 fly
Australia's Felicity Galvez claimed the top seed in prelims with a time of 56.38, while Norway's Ingvild Snildal crushed her national record with a second-place 56.73. Snildal's previous best had been a 58.81 set in March of this year.

Denmark's Jeanette Ottesen finished third in 56.95, while Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom (57.20) and Brazil's Dayna De Paula (57.20) placed fourth and fifth. De Paula broke Gabriella Silva's national record of 58.75 set in Berlin last year.

Japan's Yuka Kato (57.30), France's Diane Bui Duyet (57.48) and Sweden's Martina Granstrom (57.99) completed the top eight.

Men's 100 back
Peter Marshall of the U.S. finished first overall in prelims with a 50.07, while South Africa's George Du Rand touched second in 50.10 to lower his national mark of 50.87 set at the Durban stop. Australia's Robert Hurley finished third in 50.19 to down his national record of 50.28 set in 2008.

Austria's Markus Rogan finished fourth in 50.32, also lowering his national record of 50.52 set at the Durban stop. Adam Mania of the U.S. placed fifth in 50.39, while Russia's Arkady Vyatchanin took sixth in 50.40.

Russia's Stanislav Donets (50.56) and Australia's Ashley Delaney (50.62) grabbed seventh and eighth overall.

Michael Phelps missed another final, this time due to a 15-meter violation that drew a disqualification.

Women's 50 back
China's Zhao Jing snatched the world record in the sprint back away from Marieke Guehrer with a swift time of 26.08. That performance cleared Guehrer's global standard of 26.17 set at the Moscow stop. She also shattered the Chinese record of 26.68 Zhao set in February of this year.

Japan's Aya Terakawa touched second in 26.55, while China's Gao Chang took third in 26.56. Guehrer qualified fourth in 26.69.

Japan's Shiho Sakai (26.70), China's Xu Tianlongzi (26.93), Brazil's Fabiola Molina (27.04) and South Africa's Chanelle Van Wyk (27.12) also made finals.

Men's 200 fly
Brazil's Kaio Almeida earned the top seed with a time of 1:51.46 that smashed his national record of 1:53.27 set in 2005. Great Britain's Michael Rock also downed a national mark with a second-place time of 1:51.57. That swim took out James Hickman's 51.76 set back in 1998.

Russia's Nikolay Skvortsov finished third in 1:52.36, while The Netherlands' Joeri Verlinden placed fourth in 1:52.76 to erase his national standard of 1:53.87 set in December of last year.

Sweden's Simon Sjodin (1:52.90), Australia's Nick D'Arcy (1:53.17), Poland's Pawel Korzeniowski (1:53.69) and China's Chen Yin (1:53.90) completed the top eight. Sjodin crushed his national mark of 1:54.23 set in December of 2008.

Women's 200 IM
Spain's Mireia Belmonte cleared 2:09 to post the top seeded time of 2:08.91. Missy Franklin of the U.S. demonstrated no fear in the deeper waters of international swimming with a second-placed time of 2:09.04.

South Africa's Kathryn Meaklim touched third in 2:09.31, while China's Li Jiaxing finished fourth in 2:09.48.

Sweden's Stina Gardell (2:09.88), Russia's Daria Belyakina (2:09.90), Germany's Theresa Michalak (2:09.99) and Sweden's Una Finnman (2:10.53) rounded out the top eight. Gardell took down Finnman's Swedish record of 2:10.45 set just two days ago.

Men's 400 free
Italy's Federico Colbertaldo led the middle distance preliminary qualifying with a 3:41.09. Pal Joensen of the Faroes Island nearly set a national record with a second-place time of 3:41.60, while Russia's Mikhail Polishchuk took third in 3:42.13. Australia's Robert Hurley claimed fourth in 3:42.36.

Denmark's Mads Glaesner (3:43.03), Japan's Takeshi Matsuda (3:43.37), Germany's Christian Kubusch (3:43.42) and Canada's Blake Worsley (3:43.92) also grabbed championship field spots.

Women's 50 free
In the women's splash-and-dash qualifying rounds, Sweden's Therese Alshammar was the sole sub-24 time of the morning. She clocked a 23.85 to lead the way with Great Britain's Fran Halsall placing second in 24.01. Halsall beat the British mark of 24.06 set by Alison Shepard back in 2003.

Jessica Hardy of the U.S. qualified third in 24.17, while The Netherlands' Hinkelien Schreuder finished fourth in 24.18.

Australia's Marieke Guehrer (24.34), Australia's Sally Foster (24.34), Germany's Dorothea Brandt (24.40) and Sweden's Josefin Lillhage (24.43) picked up spots in the finale.

Men's 200 breast
South Africa's Neil Versfeld claimed the top seed in the men's 200 breast with a time of 2:06.44, while Kazakhstan's Vlad Polyakov qualified second in 2:06.57. France's Hugues Duboscq touched third in 2:06.65 with Ukraine's Igor Borysik snatching fourth in 2:06.93.

Russia's Grigory Falko (2:07.13), Kazakhstan's Yevgeniy Ryzhkov (2:07.55), Russia's Maksim Shcherbakov (2:07.64) and Brazil's Henrique Barbosa (2:07.64) also made finals.

Men's 100 IM
Swimming in a jammer as he prepares for the 2010 changeover, Michael Phelps qualified seventh in the sprint medley with a time of 53.13. South Africa's Darian Townsend earned the top time with a 52.48, while teammate Gerhard Zandberg placed second in 52.54.

Russia's Sergey Fesikov qualified third in 52.56, while Croatia's Duje Draganja placed fourth in 52.57. Adam Mania of the U.S. (52.60), Austria's Markus Rogan (53.07) and Lithuania's Vytautas Janusaitis (53.15) also placed in the championship field.

Women's 200 back
Great Britain's Elizabeth Simmonds topped qualifying with a time of 2:04.64, while Australia's Belinda Hocking placed second in 2:05.19. Japan's Shiho Sakai touched third in 2:05.30 with Missy Franklin of the U.S. continuing a strong morning with a fourth-place 2:06.30.

Russia's Mariya Gromova (2:06.55), Madison White of the U.S. (2:07.28), South Africa's Mandy Loots (2:07.29) and Elisabeth Pelton of the U.S. (2:09.21) gained spots in the finale.

Men's 50 fly
It took a sub-23 to make the sprint fly finale as South Africa's Roland Schoeman cleared his national mark of 22.32 from Durban with a first-place time of 22.29. Australia's Geoff Huegill kept on the comeback trail with a second-place time of 22.51, while Brazil's Kaio Almeida took third in 22.61.

France's Fred Bousquet qualified fourth in 22.71 with Australia's Andrew Lauterstein placing fifth in 22.84.

Russia's Evgeny Korotyshkin (22.86), Great Britain's Antony James (22.91) and Germany's Benjamin Starke (22.96) snared sixth through eighth.

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