RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) _ Germany's Jirka Letzin won the 100-meter and 400-meter individual medleys and Brazilians broke two South American swimming records at the FINA World Cup Saturday.

In a meet devoid of the stars of the Sydney Olympics, lesser-known swimmers had a chance to shine at the opening event of the short-course World Cup series.

Brazil's Fabiola Molina won the 200-meter and 50-meter backstroke races, as Brazilians swept the top three spots in both races.

Cristina Teuscher of New Rochelle, N.Y, won the women's 200-meter individual medley, the event in which she won a bronze medal at Sydney. Teuscher was timed in 2 minutes, 12.59 seconds, more than a second faster than China's Zhan Shu, No. 1 in FINA's 1999 junior rankings.

Teuscher also finished third in the 200-meter freestyle, behind Britain's Karen Pickering and China's Yang Yu.

Australians picked up three firsts in nine men's events. David Jenkins won the 100-meter freestyle, Beau Mannix edged Croatia's Gordan Kozulj in the 100-meter backstroke, and Heath Ramsay won the 200 butterfly.

Brazil's Nayara Ribeiro set a South American record in the women's 800 freestyle of 8:35.28.

Her teammate, Jose Filho, also set a South American record in the men's 100 individual medley, though his time of 56.66 was only good enough for third, behind Letzin and Germany's Christian Keller.