Sports digest: Hurdler Kallur raises the bar

Sports Digest is The Local's weekly roundup of what's happening in Swedish sport.

With a few exceptions, Swedish successes were conspicuous by their absence at the weekend.

On the slopes of Val d’Isére and St. Moritz, Anja Pärson and Markus Larsson both failed to meet expectations.

Anna Lindberg missed out on the medal places at the European Diving Cup in Stockholm.

Henrik Stenson drifted to out to sixth place at the Dubai Desert Classic after starting the last day in second place just one stroke behind eventual winner Tiger Woods.

As if all that wasn’t bad enough, Sweden got thumped 6-1 by Russia in the final of the bandy world championships in Moscow.

On a more positive note, Susanna Kallur was characteristically impressive in Stuttgart, coming within 0.03 seconds of the 60m hurdles world record.

Athletics: Kallur closes in on world record

Also, a couple of Swedes were among the goals around Europe at the weekend.

Football: Ibrahimovic nets again in controversial Inter win

Football: Sebastian Larsson on target for Birmingham

Sunderland’s new Swedish signing Rade Prica made an immediate impact, scoring on his debut in a victory over Birmingham last Monday.

In other football news, Christian Wilhelmsson is on his way to Spain on a loan move after struggling to establish himself as a regular at Bolton.

Football: ‘Chippen’ Wilhelmsson loaned to Deportivo

Later this week, there will be a chance for old rivalries to be renewed when Sweden, Finland, Russia and the Czech Republic face off at the annual LG Hockey Games at the Globe Arena in Stockholm. Tickets are still available for many of the games.

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.