2018 Euros: Sjostrom Wins 50 Fly With Injured Thumb


Swedish Olympian Sarah Sjostrom had already racked up 3 individual gold medals at these 2018 European Championships and the 24-year-old captured her 4th with a victory in the women’s 50m fly tonight. However, she did so at not exactly 100%.

According to several Swedish media reports, the world record holder was worried she had broken her thumb at the finish of the 100m freestyle yesterday, a race in which she took gold in a time of 52.93. However, an X-ray revealed there was no fracture, rendering her able to race tonight’s 50m fly, which she won in a time of 25.16. That’s  a solid outing my anyone’s standards, but for Sjostrom, she’s already been 25.07 earlier this year and has been on a roll with championship records here in Glasgow.

Post-race, the Swede’s thumb was reportedly swollen and tender. She will still undergo an MRI to check for any soft tissue damage.

The win was Sjostrom’s 4th-straight European Championship in long course, which piggy-backs on winning the last 3 in short course for 7 consecutive European titles in the event. She’s also won the last 2 World titles in long course.

She’s just the 5th woman ever to win 4 consecutive European long course titles in the same event

  • Federica Pellegrini (ITA) – 200m free – 2010-2016
  • Otylia Jedzrejczak (POL) – 200m fly – 2000-2006
  • Jana Klochkova (UKR) – 200m IM – 1999-2004
  • Jana Klochkova (UKR) – 400m IM – 1999-2004
  • Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 50 fly – 2012 –
  • (5-straight) Katinka Hosszu (HUN) – 200m IM – 2010–

Finishing behind Sjostrom in tonight’s’ 50m fly race were Denmark’s Emilie Beckmann (25.72) and Belgium’s Kimberly Buys (25.74).

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4 years ago

I call it first. We will never more se Sarah win a gold medal at Worlds or OG. Neither will we see a WR from her. It has been a great decade but its all downhill from now.

And also she is not a good role model. She skipped the finals for 4 x 100 mixed medley without a legit reason. Realy bad.

Roting for Ikee come 2020.

Reply to  Formerswimcoach
4 years ago

What is wrong with you ?

Reply to  Formerswimcoach
4 years ago

Wtf?! Someone seems VERY jealous of her. Wtf just go away!!!

Reply to  Formerswimcoach
4 years ago

Did Sarah reject you for a date or something?

4 years ago

She is amazing! To do it with a broken thumb. That time would have won last year in the women’s 50m butterfly!

4 years ago

Oh no! not a broken thumb!!!!

Reply to  Bobby
4 years ago

Even if it isn’t the most serious thing in the world, it’s not the easiest thing to swim with…

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