Again! Sjostrom Takes SCM 100 Freestyle World Record Down To 50.58


On the final stop of the first FINA World Cup Series cluster #1, Swedish sprinter Sarah Sjostrom cranked out yet another world record to continue her freestyle and butterfly firestorm. Already owning an astonishing 7 world records across both short course and long course formats, Sjostrom lowered her own 100 freestyle mark (SCM) while competing in Eindhoven tonight.

This morning, the 23-year-old turned heads with a scorching prelims time of 51.02 to check-in with the 4th fastest time ever, giving the crowd a sign of what was potentially to come. In tonight’s final, Sjostrom threw down a massive 50.58 to hack almost two tenths off of that already wicked-fast mark. Splits between the two fastest performances of all-time produced by the Swede are below:

24.51/26.26 = 50.77 in Moscow
24.49/26.09 = 50.58 in Eindhoven for new WR

Sjostrom opened just .02 quicker, but closed .17 faster than she did in Moscow to establish the new mark. After the race, Sjostrom said her goal is to become the first woman ever under the 50 second mark in the event. With the way this sprinting virtuoso’s trajectory is headed, that goal certainly seems within the realm of near-future possibility.

Here are Sjostrom’s complete World Records as of today:

50 freestyle LCM – 23.67
100 freestyle LCM – 51.71
50 fly LCM – 24.43
100 fly LCM – 55.48

100 freestyle SCM – 50.58
200 freestyle SCM – 1:50.78
100 butterfly SCM – 54.61

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3 years ago


3 years ago

Sweden should have a statue made for her

Reply to  breaststroker
3 years ago

Well, there is a statue of Zlatan. Based on merit, I’d say Sarah is already bigger than Zlatan. If she is ok with having a statue of herself made then most surely she should have. Where though (if so)? 🙂 Discussions…

Reply to  AmJo
3 years ago

Unquestionably she is the biggest sportstar Sweden has right now.

Drama King
Reply to  David
3 years ago

No one can embrace the Zlatan status in Sweeden maaan..
When Zlatan jumps to the water, water becomes Zlatan….. Thats called Zlatan effect ???

Reply to  Drama King
3 years ago

have to agree, Zlatan is the god of sweden

3 years ago

I think this is what anger management after botching the 100free final in Budapest looks like… lucky us!!

Reply to  SwimJon
3 years ago

Botching? Is that the same as choking? It’s either she choked or just got beat by a better swimmer that day. I lean towards the better swimmer that day. But you call it whatever you want to.

Reply to  Breeze
3 years ago

Simone wasn’t the better swimmer that day though. Sarah beat herself by swimming outside of her planned race tactics; a little slower on the first 50 and she would have been 51.high again and half a bodylength clear for the win.

Reply to  MTK
3 years ago

I’m a bit confused. Manuel swam a better race, therefore Manuel was the better swimmer that day. That’s how it works. I think everyone would agree that on almost any other day, Sjostrom is the better swimmer, it’s just that you don’t get to get second and still be the better swimmer.

Reply to  sven
3 years ago

Not so sure I’d look at it so plainly – Manuel was smarter on the day is how I’d look at it.

Reply to  MTK
3 years ago

And she let Simone draft off of her the first 50

Reply to  Breeze
3 years ago

She choked. Manuel is not a better 100 free swimmer than her.

Reply to  SchoolingFTW
3 years ago

Sorry, Sarah didn’t choke.She tried to win in a WR fashion(look at her first 50 opening) and paid the price.

Reply to  Breeze
3 years ago

Breeze stop your bias. 51.71 is Sjostrom’s time which crushed Manuel’s relay split and she only lost by .04 because she took a breath. After swimming 3 rounds of 100 fly.

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