FINA SWIMMING WORLD CUP 2005/2006
USA and Japan dominate in Stockholm
Lausanne (SUI), January 19, 2006 – USA and Japan dominated the fourth meet of the 2005/2006 FINA Swimming World Cup, held in Stockholm (SWE, January 17-18), by conquering respectively 14 and 15 medals. The American delegation took advantage in the gold medals (eight), while the Japanese team obtained seven titles. The local swimmers got 13 awards (two gold, four silver and seven bronze) and 19 nations conquered at least one medal.
Individually, Ryk Neethling (RSA) – the winner of the 2004/2005 World Cup and leader of the current edition – obtained three victories in Stockholm, thus totalising 15 wins in the 2005/2006 season. Still amongst men, Peter Marshall (USA) triumphed in the 50m and 100m backstroke, while Hidemasa Sano (JPN) conquered the gold in the 200m and 400m individual medley.
In the women’s field, four swimmers left Stockholm with two victories – Hanae Ito (JPN, 100m and 200m backstroke), Tara Kirk (USA, 50m and 100m breaststroke), Rachel Komisarz (USA, 400m free and 100m butterfly), and Therese Alshammar (SWE, 50m free and 50m butterfly).
Finally, the best performances of the Swedish meet were established by Peter Marshall (USA) – 50m backstroke in 23.66 (1009 points and second position in the men’s overall scoring) -, and by Therese Alshammar (SWE) – 50m butterfly in 25.84 (1019 points and fourth position in the women’s overall classification).