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SUE ROLPH claimed her third gold medal after the second day of competition in the Fina World Cup Short-Course championships in Hong Kong.

The Briton won the 100 metres freestyle in 55.52sec, before winning the 100m individual medley in 1:02.58. On Saturday, she had shared the gold medal in the 50m freestyle after a rare dead-heat with Sophia Skou of Denmark.

Skou and the 16-year-old Canadian Kelly Stefanyshyn were also seeking a hat-trick, with Skou taking the gold yesterday in the 200m butterfly in 2:10.17, and then winning the 50m freestyle in 27.58. The Germans topped the medal standings with eight golds. Sylvia Gerasch won the women's 50m breaststroke in 31.74 for her second title. On Saturday, she took the gold in the 100m breaststroke.

Also in action yesterday, German Ina Hueging won the women's 200m breaststroke in 2:30.27, while her compatriot Thomas Lohfink took the men's 1,500m freestyle in 15:33.18.

The Olympic and world champion, Tom Dolan, had mixed fortunes yesterday. The American captured the 200m individual medley in two minutes 02.79sec, but finished fourth in the 200m backstroke. He clocked 1:58.75, well off the pace of the recently-crowned European short-course champion, Stev Theloke of Germany, who won the event in 1:55.52.