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1, 2 and 3 for Schoeman

By Manfred Seidler

Posted on 12 November 2009

Roland Schoeman (sponsored athlete of the hpc) continues to rake in the medals and set records at the 2009 Fina/ Arena World Cup.

In Stockholm, Sweden on 10 and 11 November, Schoeman won Gold in the 50m Butterfly, Silver in the 50m Freestyle and Bronze in the 50m Breaststroke.

The first medal was the Bronze in the 50m Breaststroke behind Cameron Van Den Burgh and Brazil’s Felipe Silva. Van den Burgh won in 25.68sec, Silva touched the wall in 35.87 with Schoeman clocking 25.88sec.

Medal no 2 was Gold in the 50m Butterfly in another World Cup record. In fact he broke his own WC Record of 22.32 seconds he had set in Durban this year in the heats when he touched the wall in 22.29sec. In the final he went even better, clocking 22.08sec, the second fastest time ever. Only Germany’s Steffen Deibler has gone faster with his 22.06.

Medal number 3 came in the 50m freestyle behind France’ Frederick Bosque. The Frenchman clocked 20.64sec to break the WC Record of Schoeman (20.88sec, Moscow 2009). Schoeman also finished under his previous best time to finish in 20.81sec.

In all three World Cup events to date, Schoeman has won three medals. The meet in Stockholm was the first time he did not win 2 gold medals. Schoeman is currently lying third on the overall ranking table with 61 points behind van den Burgh (66) and Peter Marschall on 80 points. The overall winner pockets $100 000, with second taking home $50 000 and third overall $30 000.

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