Sweden’s Sarah Sjöström broke her own women’s 200 metres freestyle world record as action came to a close today at the International Swimming Federation (FINA) Swimming World Cup in Eindhoven.
The 23-year-old clocked a time of 1min 50.43sec at the Nationaal Zwemcentrum de Tongelreep, bettering that which she set at the 2014 FINA World Championships in Doha by 0.35 seconds.
Sjöström’s sixth world record time of the year also eclipsed Hungarian Katinka Hosszú’s FINA World Cup record of 1:51.41 set at the Doha leg in 2014.
Italy’s Federica Pellegrini finished second in 1:51.63, while home favourite Femke Heemskerk came third in 1:52.24.
Also breaking a world record today was Spain’s Mireia Belmonte.
She backed up her victories yesterday in the women’s 200m butterfly and 800m freestyle with success in the women’s 400m individual medley in 4:18.94.
That betters the previous record of 4:19.46 set by Hosszú at the 2015 European Short Course Championships in Netanya.
Hosszú was today’s runner-up in 4:25.18 with the United States' Ella Eastin third in 4:26.06.
Today’s biggest individual winner was South Africa’s Chad le Clos.
He followed up his men’s 200m butterfly triumph yesterday by winning the 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly.
Le Clos prevailed in the 100m freestyle in 45.96sec with Russia’s Vladimir Morozov second in 46.14 and Italy’s Marco Orsi third in 46.70.
In the 100m butterfly, the 25-year-old produced an unrivalled time of 49.09 with Italy’s Matteo Rivolta second in 49.54 and America's Tom Shields third in 49.70.
The one other multi gold-medal winning nation today was hosts The Netherlands as they won the women’s 50m butterfly through Ranomi Kromowidjojo and the mixed 4x50m freestyle.
Kromowidjojo won in a time of 24.54, beating Sjöström by 0.01 seconds and compatriot Maaike de Waard by a further 0.91.
The mixed 4x50m freestyle went to the Dutch in a time of 1:28.90 with Australia second in 1:30.72 and Austria third in 1:33.83.
Among the other winners today was Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson, who claimed the women’s 50m breaststroke crown in 28.84.
It came on the back of her winning the 100m breaststroke title yesterday.
Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte was the runner-up in 29.57, followed by Denmark’s Rikke Pedersen in 30.25.
Also tasting victory on the second and final day of action was Russia’s Kirill Prigoda, winner of the men’s 200m breaststroke in 2:02.15.
Belarus’ Pavel Sankovich won the men’s 50m backstroke in 22.84, while there were wins for Australia’s Emily Seebohm in the women’s 100m backstroke in 56.00 and Germany’s Philip Marvin Heintz in the men’s 200m individual medley in 1:53.23.
Norway’s Henrik Christiansen secured the men’s 1,500m freestyle crown in 14:26.48.