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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 August 2006, 17:42 GMT 18:42 UK
Weather hits Euro swimming event
Storms brought the action at the European Championships in Budapest to a premature close on Tuesday.

Thunder rumbled overhead at the outdoor venue as rain poured down and there was no hope of any more swimming.

The women's 200m backstroke final was among the casualties and will now be raced on Wednesday.

Before the storm, Therese Alshammar led a Swedish one-two in the women's 50m butterfly final, winning ahead of world record holder Anna-Karin Kammerling.

Alshammar, silver medallist in the 50m and 100m freestyle at the 2000 Olympics, pulled clear in the second half of the race to win in 26.06 seconds.

Chantal Groot of the Netherlands took the bronze for the fourth time in five European Championships, clocking 26.49.

Ukraine's Serhiy Breus finished strongly to retain his men's 50m butterfly crown in a championship record 23.41secs from world and Olympic 50m freestyle silver medallist Duje Draganja of Croatia (23.62).

Russia's Arkady Vyachanin also set a championship record to win the men's 100 metres backstroke in 53.50.

Austria's Olympic silver medallist Markus Rogan had to settle for his third straight European 100m backstroke silver in 54.07, with world 50m backstroke champion Aristeidis Grigoriadis of Greece taking the bronze in 54.34.

Russia's Roman Sludnov, world champion in 2001 and 2000 Olympic bronze medallist, won an very close 100m men's breaststroke final.

He clocked 1:00.61 to beat Alexander Oen of Norway (1:00.63) and title holder Oleg Lisogor of Ukraine (1:00.64).

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