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Over the last calendar year, Sweden’s Sarah Sjöstrom has slowly but surely extended her grip over history in the women’s 100 fly.
At this time last year, Sjöstrom did not yet hold the world record, and hadn’t been able to better her personal best of 56.06 in almost 6 years – ever since the banning of full-body supersuits.
But things changed in a hurry. Last June, Sjöstrom finally cracked that career-best, going 56.04. That swim opened the floodgates of 100 fly history.
After last weekend’s European Championships, Sjöstrom now owns 7 of the top 10 swims of all-time in the event, with 6 of those swims coming over the last calendar year. She holds 4 of 5 swims ever to crack 56 seconds, and sits three tenths of a second ahead of anyone in world history.
Top 10 Women’s 100 Butterfly Swims – All-time
- Sarah Sjöstrom (8/3/15) – 55.64
- Sarah Sjöstrom (3/30/16) – 55.68
- Sarah Sjöstrom (8/2/15) – 55.74
- Sarah Sjöstrom (5/20/16) – 55.89
- Dana Vollmer (7/28/12) – 55.98
- Sarah Sjöstrom (6/12/15) – 56.04
- Sarah Sjöstrom (7/27/09) – 56.06
- Zige Liu (10/18/09) – 56.07
- Sarah Sjöstrom (5/19/16) – 56.12
- Jessicah Schipper (7/26/09) – 56.23
The two swims highlighted come from semifinals and finals of the European Championships, the last major tune-up for Sjöstrom before the Rio Olympics.
As much success as she has had in her career, Sjöstrom is still without a single Olympic medal – but based on the way she has rewritten and obliterated 100 fly history over the past 12 months, she’s in perfect position to change that fact come August.
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