Park wins 200 free, 1,500 free at short-course World Cup

Updated: November 14, 2007, 5:18 PM ET
Associated Press

STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Park Tae-Hwan won the 200- and 1,500-meter freestyle for the only men's double Wednesday at a World Cup short-course swimming meet.

The South Korean took the 200 in 1 minute, 43.87 seconds. Later, he won the 1,500 free in 14:36.42, beating Robert Margalis of the United States by more than 10 seconds.

Sweden's Stefan Nystrand, who set a European record when he won the 100 free in 46.48 on Tuesday, won the 50 free in 21.16. Eamon Sullivan of Australia finished second in 21.35.

"I was hoping for a time close to the world record [20.98]," Nystrand said. "But I'm happy, this was my best [50 free] in seven years."

Randall Bal was also a two-time winner in the meet, taking the 50 backstroke in 23.49. The American won the 100 backstroke on opening night.

Therese Alshammar won the 50 butterfly in 25.54, just 21-hundredths of a second off fellow Swede Anna-Karin Kammerling's world record, for her eighth straight World Cup victory. Kammerling was runner-up in 25.77.

Alshammar leads the women's overall standings with 90 points, 20 ahead of Natalie Coughlin of the United States.

The next World Cup is in Berlin this weekend. Coughlin is also skipping that meet but will be in the finale at Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on Nov. 24-25.


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