Alshammar’s new world record stripped

Swedish swimmer Therese Alshammar broke her previous world record in the 50m butterfly on Tuesday, only to have the record stripped because she wore two swimming suits.

Alshammar's new world record stripped

“Therese Alshammar has been disqualified from this morning’s heat and the world record will not stand,” Swimming Australia spokesman Ian Hanson told AFP.

“Officials found that she did wear two swimsuits, which is against the Swimming Australia bylaws introduced late last year for this event.

“She has protested the decision and that appeal is being heard by the women’s referee.”

Alshammar recorded a time of 25.44 seconds in morning heats at the world championship trials here, shaving 0.02 seconds off her previous world-best time, set in June 2007.

The 31-year-old is swimming at the Australian meet as a training foreigner, and would not be allowed to compete in the semi finals or finals.

Swimming Australia introduced the one-suit regulation after last year’s Beijing Olympics, when a number of competitors wore two suits in a bid to increase their buoyancy and reduce friction.

The decision to strip Alshammar of the record was taken after five hours of negotiations between officials and her representatives.

She is the first swimmer to be disqualified under the new suit rules. Her appeal is expected to be heard later Tuesday.


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.”