By Sharon Robb
August 12, 2017—Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom broke back-to-back world records and Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson won back-to-back gold medals to highlight the FINA World Cup Series in Eindhoven.
After breaking a world record on Friday, Sjostrom, the most dominant swimmer during the opening cluster of the series, broke her own world record of 1:50.78 in the 200-meter freestyle to win in 1:50.43, dropping .35 off her old mark to win. She also owns the 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly short course meters world records.
Spain’s Mireia Belmonte broke the second world record of the night in the 400-meter individual medley and knocked off Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu by six seconds. Belmonte won in 4:18.94 and was the first woman to dip below 4:19 in the short course 400 IM event.
Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands, the world record holder in the 50-meter freestyle, won the sprint race in a national record 24.54 ahead of Sjostrom by 1/100th of a second.
After winning the 100-meter breaststroke on Friday, South Florida Aquatic Club’s Alia Atkinson won the 50-meter breaststroke in 28.84, off her world record of 28.64 set last year in Tokyo. It was her 27th World Cup career win in the sprint event and earned her another $1,500 for gold. Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania was second in 29.57, the only other swimmer under 30 seconds.
In other races:
Aussie Emily Seebohm won the 100-meter backstroke in 56.00. American Olivia Smoliga was second in 56.58. Hosszu was third in 58.11, off her morning swim of 56.95.
South African Chad Le Clos won the 100-meter freestyle in 45.96. Later on, Le Clos won the 100-meter butterfly in 49.09.
Russian Kirill Prigoda won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:02.15.
Belarus swimmer and Florida State alum Pavel Sankovich won the 50-meter backstroke in a national record 22.84.
Norway’s Henrik Christiansen overtook Italy’s Gabriele Detti won the 1500-meter freestyle to win in 14:26.48 to 14:28.43.
The second cluster of the World Cup Series will feature only two meets, the Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in Hong Kong and Oct. 4-5 in Doha.
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