Popov wins 50-metre freestyle at Mare Nostrum

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Alexander Popov won the men's 50-metre freestyle event at the Barcelona leg of the Mare Nostrum swimming tournament on Wednesday.

Popov wins 50-metre freestyle at Mare Nostrum

Barcelona:

Alexander Popov won the men's 50-metre freestyle event at the Barcelona leg of the Mare Nostrum swimming tournament on Wednesday. Elsewhere, there were victories for reigning Olympic champion Rossolino Massimiliano in the 200-metre individual medley and Australia's Lisbeth Lenton in the 50-metre butterfly. It's been twelve years since Alexander Popov exploded on the scene taking two gold medals in the 50 and 100-metre freestyle events at the Barcelona Olympics. But the thirty-two year old now in the twilight of his career did not disappoint the crowds on the first day of the Mare Nostrum, Barcelona. The Russian who had a successful campaign in the second leg of this series in Canet continued his winning formula by taking the 50 metre freestyle title in 22.28 seconds. Australia's Brett Hawke was close behind in 22.71 seconds, but he had to fight off Eduard Lorente (Spain) who finished three hundredth of a second behind to take third in 22.74. In the women's event, Lisbeth Lenton continued her Olympic preparations for Athens by sprinting to victory in 27.01 seconds. The nineteen-year old is definitely one to watch as she set an Australian all comers record in this event in the Olympic trials earlier this year and broke the world record in the semi-final of the 100 metre freestyle wiping 0.11 seconds off Inge de Bruijin's (NED) old record. Another top performance came from Olympic champion Rosolino Massimiliano. The Italian, who's preparing to defend his title in August, edged to victory in the 200 metre individual medley in 2.02.19 seconds. Ahead of George Bowell (Trinidad and Tobago) in 2.02.31 and Kosube Kitajima (Japan) in 2.04.56. But on the first day of the Barcelona Mare Nostrum Popov gained Man of the Match. After being stabbed in 1996 the evergreen Russian has made a successful return to top competition and in what could be described as his final Olympics in Athens, he is well on his way to regaining his Olympic title. (AP)

Topics : Swimming
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