Sweden’s Alshammar takes World Cup crown

Sweden's Therese Alshammar of Sweden netted $100,000 (659,150 kronor) for topping swimming's overall World Cup standings on Sunday.

Sweden's Alshammar takes World Cup crown

She earned the season trophy, determined over seven competitions across three continents, by winning the women’s 50 metre butterfly race in Stockholm in 25.3 seconds on Sunday and a silver in the 50 metre freestyle on Saturday.

Alshammar led the women’s points tally ahead of Julia Smit of the US and Hinkelien Schreuder of the Netherlands. The runners-up received $50,000 and third-place finishers $30,000.

Her performance capped a dominant performance for the Swedish team at the 25-metre competition held at Stockholm’s Eriksdalsbadet.

In the 50 metre breaststroke, teammate Jennie Johansson won gold in 30.1 seconds, while Joline Höstman came in third, clocking in at 30.93.

Meanwhile, sprinter Sarah Sjöström won the 100 metre freestyle in 53.13 seconds and silver in the 100 metre backstroke in 58.83.

Martina Granström and Petra Granlund won the silver and bronze in the 200 metre butterfly, while Stina Gardell won the 400 metre individual medley.

In men’s action on Sunday, Lars Frölander won the 100 metre butterfly, while Stefan Nystrand came in second in the 50 metre freestyle and Simon Sjödin took the bronze in the 200 metre medley.

Other Swedish medallists over the weekend included Magdalena Kuras, Rebecka Ekelund and Jakob Dorch.

The men’s trophy was won by Brazil’s Thiago Pereira, who edged out South African swimmers Darian Townsend and Roland Schoeman.

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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.”