Blueseventy Swim of the Week: The Two Fastest 50 Frees In History


Disclaimer: BlueSeventy Swim of the Week is not meant to be a conclusive selection of the best overall swim of the week, but rather one Featured Swim to be explored in deeper detail. The BlueSeventy Swim is an opportunity to take a closer look at the context of one of the many fast swims this week, perhaps a swim that slipped through the cracks as others grabbed the headlines, or a race we didn’t get to examine as closely in the flood of weekly meets.

One single race in Berlin this weekend launched the two fastest short course meter 50 freestyles in history in side-by-side lanes.

The story of the swim begins five days earlier, when Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom used the opening leg of the FINA World Cup to blast a 23.10, breaking a two-year-old world record and earning a $10,000 bonus in the World Cup’s prize money system.

The previous world record-holder, the Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojowas second in that race at 23.39, just over a tenth off her old record.

Fast forward to five days later, and it was Kromowidjojo picking up the $10K payday, smashing a 22.93 to become the first woman ever under 23 seconds in the race. One lane down from her was Sjostrom, who bettered her own personal best with a 23.00 good for second place.

That means in the past six days, we’ve seen the three fastest 50 freestyles in history, two of them in the same race in Berlin.

The new World Cup rules should mean that the 50 free won’t be part of the competition program on the tour’s next stop in Eindhoven this week. But in just two stops, Sjostrom has made over $30,000 and Kromowidjojo almost $17,000. The tour continues with 7 more stops, and the first cluster bonuses handed out after the Eindhoven stop. (Full money lists here.)


There isn’t a second that goes by when the team at blueseventy aren’t thinking about you. How you eat, breathe, train, play, win, lose, suffer and celebrate. How swimming is every part of what makes you tick. Aptly named because 70% of the earth is covered in water, blueseventy is a world leader in the pool and open water. Since 1993, we design, test, refine and craft products using superior materials and revolutionary details that equate to comfort, freedom from restriction and ultimately a competitive advantage in the water. This is where we thrive. There is no substitute and no way around it. We’re all for the swim.

2016 blueseventy banner for Swim of the Week b70_300x300-aftsVisit to learn more.

Instagram: @blueseventy

Twitter: @blueseventy


blueseventy is a SwimSwam partner.

In This Story


  1. bobo gigi says:

    After the not forced to swim the prelims’ rule for the stars, after the anti-Hosszu 4-event-per-leg rule, here’s the turnover of events. No 50 free in Eindhoven. Ranomi can’t swim her best event at home. Another brilliant decision from FINA.

    • Auburnheadcoach says:

      Yo Bobo, I don’t think that decision was that smart… Wouldn’t you want her to be able to swim her best event at her home swim meet?

  2. bobo gigi says:

    Sarah Sjöström New world record 23.10

  3. bobo gigi says:

    Sarah Sjöström New world record 50.77

  4. bobo gigi says:

    Ranomi New World record 22.93

    • marklewis says:

      Thanks for posting the link to the video. She had a great turn and a perfect touch. That’s what WRs are made of.

    • SPF says:

      Congrats Ranomi Kromowidjojo! That was an awesome swim. Good to see her bounce back so well from the injuries she had in 2016.

  5. Klorn8d says:

    Does sjostrom get the world record bonus if she broke the previous world record but got second?

    • Paul says:

      One would think not, because .08s before she touched the wall the WR became 22.92. When she touched the wall she did not break the current WR

  6. Sandy says:

    How come no-one’s talking about Cate Campbell’s comeback here. She’s been consistently behind these two on the world cup stops. She can only get better

Leave a Reply

Name will be published. Email address will not. By commenting you agree to our Terms of Use & Privacy Policy.

About Jared Anderson

Jared Anderson

Jared Anderson just can’t stay away from the pool. A competitive career of almost two decades wasn’t enough for this Minnesotan, who continues to get his daily chlorine fix. A lifelong lover of writing, Jared now combines the two passions as Senior Reporter for, covering swimming at every level. He’s an …

Read More »

Don't want to miss anything?

Subscribe to our newsletter and receive our latest updates!