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Alshammar sets new swimming world record

Swedish swimmer Therese Alshammar broke the 50 metre butterfly short course world record in the World Cup meeting in Stockholm on Wednesday.

Alshammar sets new swimming world record

Alshammar timed 25.31 seconds to break the old mark of 25.32 seconds set by Australia’s Felicity Galvez on April 4 this year in Manchester, England.

“I’m in shock. It’s a surge of emotion; I’m actually moved,” Alshammar said to the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper following her record-breaking swim.

The new record is a welcome lift for Alshammar, who suffered a disappointing Olympics in Beijing.

Just minutes before the semi-final heat of the Olympic 50 metre freestyle, an event for which she had been tipped to win a medal, Alshammar’s swimsuit broke, resulting in a botched race and failure to make the finals.

But poolside at the Eriksdahl swimming complex in Stockholm on Wednesday evening, Alshammar felt her latest race was a turning point.

“I can’t compare this to what I’ve done before. But what I’m most moved by is that I, for the first time in a long time, since last summer, am swimming well again,” she told DN.

Alshammar also left the pool with the $10,000 bonus check World Cup participants receive if they set a world record during the competition.

“It’s a bonus, but it also allows me to be more independent the rest of the season. I can skip other competitions and train instead,” she said.

Alshammar also set a world record in the 50 metre butterfly long course in Spain in June 2007, posting a time of 25.46 seconds.

SWIMMING

Malmö: Swimmers warned to stay out of water due to dangeous algae

Residents and visitors to Malmö have been warned to avoid swimming at all beaches and bathing spots along the southern city's coastline due to dangerous algae bloom in the water.

Malmö: Swimmers warned to stay out of water due to dangeous algae
The bathing pier at Sundspromenaden, one of Malmö's affected beaches. Photo: Johan Nilsson / TT

Editor's note: On Thursday, July 25th, city authorities said it was once again safe to swim. Bathers are advised to look for signs and flags by swimming spots in case the situation changes.

The city council took to social media to ask people to avoid swimming “until further notice”, while signs have been put up and black flags raised at the sites themselves.

This is after regular tests showed there was algal bloom in the water, which can produce toxins that are dangerous to people and animals, sometimes leading to rashes and stomach flu-like symptoms.

While the warm weather encourages many people to go for a dip outdoors, these weather conditions can also lead to overgrowth of algae.

Some of the affected swimming spots include Klagshamnsstranden, Ribersborgsstranden, Scaniabadet and Sundspromenaden in the Västra Hamnen area, Sibbarps saltsjöbad, and Sibbarpsstranden.

As for when it will be safe to swim again, it could be at least another day or two, but it's possible the beaches will be safe for bathers by the weekend.

Marie Persson from Malmö City's environmental department told Sydsvenskan: “We usually don't have this for more than a couple of days, then the wind blows it to other places. Now the weather is supposed to stay steady with calm winds, but I have no idea of ​​the currents. Hopefully it will be no more than a few days.”

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