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Swedish teen takes home butterfly gold

Swedish teenager Sarah Sjöström regained her women's 100m butterfly title at swimming's world championships on Monday as defending champion and world record-holder Dana Vollmer had to settle for bronze.

Swedish teen takes home butterfly gold

Sjöström, who won the 2009 title aged just 15, hit the wall at 56.53secs, with Australia’s Alicia Coutts at 0.44secs back and Vollmer, America’s Olympic champion who set the world record in winning the 2012 Olympic title, at 0.71 behind.

“I didn’t have that much confidence after the Olympics, but now I am delighted I persisted in the sport,” said the 19-year-old Sjöström.

Having finished fourth in the final of both last year’s Olympics and the 2011 world championships, this was a commanding performance by the Swedish teenager in Barcelona.

“It’s hard to believe after I lost confidence having had so many fourth places,” said Sjöström.

“Now, I’m so happy and my confidence is much better now. I know I can swim fast and get better. My goal for this competition was to make the final, then I just raced my race and I knew it was going to be good.

The Swede won’t be celebrating too hard yet, however, as she will race in the 200m freestyle heats on Tuesday.

Vollmer, the 2011 world and 2012 Olympic champion, admitted the defeat would drive her in training for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

“It’s disappointing right now, but it helps fuel that fire of not wanting to get beaten,” she said, adding that she was “really happy” with the bronze.

“I needed the fall to recharge if I was going to be serious about 2016. I took some time off after the Olympics and got up to speed in training in the spring. Coming into the world championships, I didn’t know exactly where I was going to be,” she said.

“I think you figure out things when you are put under pressure. Each 100m race I do, I figure more things out and try to get faster with the main goal still being Rio.

“Sarah had an amazing race and I was able to get my hand on the wall for

that bronze medal, which I’m really proud of.”

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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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