Swedish swimmer sets double world records

Swedish swimmer Therese Alshammar showed explosive form at the World Cup meet in Durban, South Africa on Saturday chalking up two new world records.

Swedish swimmer sets double world records

Alshammar clocked 58.51 seconds in the heats of the 100m individual medley, three hundredths faster than the time set by Australia’s Emily Seebohm last August in Hobart.

“I have learned not to expect too much at once. So when it happens it is all the more special,” Alshammar said after her record-breaking swim.

The Swedish swimmer decided to stand over the final on Saturday evening in order to focus on the butterfly, to devastating effect.

She smashed the world record in the 50 metre butterfly final, clocking 24.75 seconds, bettering the time of 24.99sec established by Marieke Guehrer of Australia in November 2008 in Berlin.

Jessica Hardy of the United States improved her own mark in the 50 metre breaststroke, touching the wall in 29.45 seconds.

She had established the previous record in Manchester in April 2008.

Her compatriot Peter Marshall then swam the men’s 50m backstroke in 22.75sec, also improving the previous world record he had set in November 2008 in Berlin.

The autumn World Cup meets are the last to allow the so-called ‘super suits’. The international swimming body FINA has previously advised that the suits will be banned from the turn of the year.

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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.”