Sweden’s Swimmers, Golfers Shine

Sweden’s sportsmen and women have seen plenty of action over the weekend, with Swedish swimmers, skiiers and golfers all competing. 

The draw was also made for the 2010 football world cup.

In swimming, Sweden’s Therese Alshammar won the 50-metre butterfly in 25.69 seconds, to take first place in the overall short-course World Cup final in Brazil, and US$100,000 dollars in prize money.

Fresh from his double world records in Berlin a week ago, Swede Stefan Nystrand came second in the men’s event.

Sunday’s fixture was the seventh and last of the competition that began in October, and held in seven cities around the world.

In golf, Sweden’s Daniel Chopra shot a seven-under-par 65 to take a one-shot lead in the third round of the Australian Masters in Melbourne on Saturday.

Sweden’s skiiers failed to excel however, as Markus Larsson lay in 23rd place after four events of the Alpine World Cup super giant-slalom in Canada.

Former slalom world champion, Swede Anja Pärson claimed 10th place in the straight slalom.

Sweden will face World Cup semifinalists Portugal and Nordic neighbours Denmark in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.

Reacting to the draw, Sweden coach Lars Lagerback acknowledged competition in his team’s Group 1 would be tight, saying he has a great deal of respect for Portugal, and adding he was not looking foward to playing Denmark.