Sweden, which won its last major title at the 2002 European Championships, never trailed in front of the nearly 7 and a half thousand person crowd in Gothenburg.
Striker Henrik Larsson is set to undergo knee surgery, leaving him out of action for six weeks. The 33 year old was carried off after twisting his left knee in the second half of Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Spanish rivals Real Madrid on Saturday.
At the Swimming World Cup in South Africa Sunday, Anna:Karin Kammerling and Josefin Lillhage walked away with two medals each—Kammerling took silver in the 50 meter freestyle and bronze in the 100 meters butterfly, while Lillhage took bronze in both the 50 meters and the 400 meters freestyle.
Annika Sörenstam keeps going from strength to strength, capturing her eighth title of the year in the season-ending ADT Championship in Florida. Sörenstam had already clinched her seventh LPGA Player of the Year award, so her 56th career win, worth 215 thousand dollars, was simply icing on the cake for the 2004 season.
The first World Cup cross country event of the season, in Gallivare Sweden, was a bit of a washout for the host nation. Norway took the women’s 4 x5 kilometer relay, while Germany clinched the top spot in the mens 4 x 10 kilometer relay. The best Sweden managed was fourth in the men’s event.