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    SWIMMING WORLD CUP: HOSTS BEAT ALL RECORDS ON MOSCOW STAGE OPENING DAY

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    MOSCOW, JANUARY 21, RIA NOVOSTI - The Moscow stage of the World Cup short distance swimming competition took start at the Olympiisky sport complex today. The Russian team won a record-breaking twenty medals within the day in all seventeen events.

    Andrei Kapralov, the day's first gold winner, led the team as legendary Alexander Popov, champion of four Olympics, has influenza. Kapralov came first on 100 metres free style.

    The 400 metre distance brought gold to Yuri Prilukov and bronze, Yuri Udmintsev.

    Russia's Roman Sludnov and Edward Mazes of the USA shared gold in 50 metre breast stroke. The American broke a 200 metre breast stroke world record in the previous World Cup stage.

    Elena Bogomazova of the host team won gold in 100 metre breast stroke.

    Russian girls were smaller success in 100 metres butterfly stroke. The only medal, Irina Bespalova's, was bronze. Men showed better in a similar event-Evgeni Aleshin with silver and Arkadi Vyatchanin, bronze.

    Gold went to Russia's Alexei Kovrigin in 400 metre medley swimming, and silver to Alexei Zatsepin, national record holder, in 100 metre medley. Girls did fine in the medley too-Iana Tolkacheva won silver and Iana Martynova bronze in the 200 metre event.

    200 metre breast stroke brought silver to Russia's Grigori Falko and bronze, Sergei Gerasimov.

    Russian girls had no rival in 800 metre free style. Maria Bulakhova, aged 14, won gold, Regina Sych silver, and Anastasia Ivanenko bronze.

    Stanislava Komarova, fans' idol, came first in 200 metre back stroke.

    Nikolai Skvortsov won gold and Igor Marchenko bronze in the day's last event, 50 metre butterfly stroke.

    Another seventeen events are scheduled for tomorrow.

    The swimming World Cup has eight stages, all told. It took start in South Korea's Taejon, November, to finish in Rio de Janeiro, February.

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