Sjöström claims European gold medal

Swedish swimmer Sarah Sjöström lived up to domestic expectations on Friday as she claimed the gold medal in the 100 metre butterfly event at the European Championships in Budapest.

Sjöström claims European gold medal

Sjöström, timing 57.32sec, edged her way to victory ahead of British rival Francesca Halsall (57.40), with veteran compatriot Therese Alshammar taking bronze for Sweden.

“My whole season before the European Championships was really bad, and I’m very surprised I am about my results here in Budapest,” admitted Sjöström.

Halsall had to be content with passing Alshammar on the second lap.

“Maybe I could have done better if I would have been more rested,” she said. “I knew that Therese Alshammar would go out very fast, and my strength is the second lap.

“I’m happy that I managed to catch her on the very last metres of the race.”

Russia’s Anastasia Chaun took gold in the women’s 200m breaststroke in 2min 23.50sec ahead of Norwegian Sara Nordenstam with Rikke Moeller Pedersen of Denmark taking bronze.

“I had never reckoned with a medal before the European Championships,” said Chaun.

“I certainly benefited from the absence of my team-mate Yulia Efimova in this event. She was ruled out of the 200 metres because of a shoulder injury.”

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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.”