It was a mixed weekend for Swedish sports.
In golf, early leader Liselotte Neumann slipped in the final round of the LPGA Tournament of Champions in Alabama, coming in third, three strokes behind American Christina Kim.
In swimming, World Cup series defending champion Anna-Karin Kammerling finished second to Marleen Velhuis of the Netherlands in the 50 meters freestyle in the first leg of the Fina World Cup series, in Durban, South Africa Sunday. Velhuis swept the freestyle events. Kammerling did pick up the gold medal in her best event, the 50 meter butterfly.
In soccer, Sweden held South Korea to a 2-2 draw in a nail-biting friendly in Seoul Saturday.
Sweden’s “Ericsson” led the field when Spain’s King Juan Carlos gave the signal Saturday to start the seven-month 58,000 kilometer Volvo Ocean Race. “Ericsson” won the pole position as the winner of last weekend’s in-port race.
The Spanish king fired the starting gun from the Swedish tallship “Gotheborg”, a replica of an East India merchant sailing ship that is on a two year voyage to China. The Volvo race will finish in the Swedish west coast city of Gothenburg in June.