FINA World Cup 8 - Day 2 Report

GLASGOW - The opening event of day at the Tollcross Park swimming pool gave Susan Rolph (GBR) her first gold medal of the meet. Competing in a full body suit the British record holder had to hold off a strong challnege by Johanna Sioberg (SWE), who lead at mid point with 26.54, to 26.87 for Rolph. Rolph's winning times was 54.93 to Sjoberg's 55.21.

In the mens 200 freestyle, Gustavo Borges (BRA) was a comfortable winner in 1:45.55. Borges moves into second place in the mens freestyle category, with 47 point behind Ian Thorpe (AUS) with 64.

World record holder Fred deBurghgraeve (BEL) took the lead in the second hald of the 100 breaststroke, as Jens Kruppa (GER) had the mid-point lead with 28.27 just ahead of de Burghgraeve's 28.46. In A strong finish for deBurghgraeve got him first in 1:00.04. His third in the current World Cup circuit. In second place, Kruppa, had a time of 1:00.71, and the category lead with 71 points, deBurghgraeve close behind in second with 68 points.

Yana Klochkova (UKR) added her second victory in the 400 IM to the Yesterday's win in the 200 IM of 2:10.80, was a new world cup meet record. Her winning time of 4:36.24, was close to her personal best of 4:35.93. Carrie Burgoyne (CAN) finished in second place with 4:40.34. Later in the womens 100 IM Marianne Limpert (CAN) held off Sue Rolph (GBR), 1:02.12 and 1:02.25. Limpert consolidated her IM category points lead with 86.

James Hickman (GBR) in his favourite event the 100 butterfly was an easy winner in 52.14. Sabir Muhammad (USA) was second with 53.04 and Milos Milosevic (CRO) third with 53.04. Twenty minutes later Hickman won his third by winning the 200 IM in 1:58.56 over Scott Tucker (USA), 1:59.71.

In the womens 200 backstroke Kelly Stefanyshyn (CAN) won with a 1:01.13, over Zoe Cray (GBR). Stefanyshyn with her two wins here moved to first place in the backstroke category points race with 81. In second with 80 Antje Buscschulte (GER) not competing here.

Chen Hua (CHN) from Zhenjing, who on the first day won the 800 metres, in 8:22.25, in a new Asian record, won the 400 free today in 4:04.50 a new World Cup meet record. Claudia Poll (CRC) second with 4:07.17 and Carline Smart (GBR third with 4:09.56. Chen is new distance prospect from China and her 400 time moves to eight fastest ever.

Chris Fydler (AUS) won the men's 50 freestyle on the last stroke with 22.33 just ahead of Sabir Muhammad (USA) with 22.35.

In the women's breaststroke Samantha Riley (AUS) swept all three events. In the 50 she touched first in a fast field with five swimmers under 32 second. Her winning time was 31.29. Yesterday in the 100 she touched ahead of long-time rival Penny Heyns (RSA) 1:07.63 to 1:07.88. And in the 200 breaststroke today she posted the fastest time of the year with a 2:23.89. Heyns was disqualified but leads the category points total with 72 to Riley's 54.

Graeme Smith (GBR) won the 1500 free in 14:59.33, over 13 seconds ahead of distance category leader Thomas Lohfink (GER) with 73 points.

Stev Theloke (GER) swept the men's backstroke events. In the 200 backstroke he had to catch 17-year-old Orn Arnarson, (ISL) who had a fast start and the early lead. Arnarson, had the lead until very near the finish. Theloke won in 1:56.65, by only 0.12 sec.

Susan O'Neill (AUS) won the 200 butterfly. Although challenged by Katrin Jake (GER), the Aussie touched first in 2:08.82 to Jake's 2:09.16. In the last of the 34 events on the program Johanna Sjoberg (SWE), took the 50 fly in 26.68, a new personal best over 17-year-old Fabienne Dufour (BEL), 27.33. Sjoberg's win yesterday in the 100 fly in a Swedish record of 58.16, give her the fly points category lead with 63.

With two world cup meet records, two Asian and ten national records were bettered in Glasgow. Great Britain led the medal totals with 22 medals, of which 5 golds, 5 silvers and 12 bronzes. Australia also won 5 golds, plus 2 silvers and 2 bronzes.

The next FINA World Cup Meeting, the 9th of the series and the 2nd in Europe, will take place in Malmoe, Sweden, early next week, i.e. February 16th and 17th. Medals Table and Meet Results in Special Events World Cup Coverage.