2017 Swim Open Stockholm
- Saturday, April 8 – Tuesday, April 11, 2017
- Stockholm, Sweden
- Live results
Just a day after losing her spot atop the world ranks to Federica Pellegrini, Sweden’s Michelle Coleman retook the top spot, going 1:55.64 to win the Swim Open Stockholm.
Coleman was 1:55.98 last month, at that point a world-leading time for the 2016-2017 season. Pellegrini topped that by four one-hundredths this week at Italy’s national championships, but Coleman didn’t take long at all to answer back. Her 1:55.64 came in the very first women’s event of the Stockholm Open, winning by a second a half or so over Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu (1:57.01).
Coleman was one of two swimmers to hit a world-leading time. Both represent the home nation of Sweden. Star flyer Sarah Sjostrom improved her own season-best, which already led the world. She was 24.96 Saturday, becoming the first swimmer this season under 25 seconds. She previously led the world with a 25.02 from January, and now leads every swimmer in the world by about eight tenths of a second.
In the first event of the day, Erik Persson came up with a massive 200 breaststroke swim. His 2:07.85 is ranked #2 in the world ranks for the season, behind only world-record-breaker Ippei Watanabe of Japan. Persson is 23 years old and coming off of an Olympic appearance in Rio. He made the 200 breast semifinal there, but was only 2:10 in both his swims, so today’s breakthrough is pretty significant. A 2:07.85 would have taken 6th in the Rio final.
Hosszu is one of the headliners, but lost a couple tough races Saturday. She was second to Coleman in the 200 free, then missed winning the 50 back by less than a tenth. That event went to Ida Lindborg 28.46 to 28.54. But Hosszu did get a win late in the meet, going 16:22.30 to take the 1500 freestyle in a time that would rank in the world’s top 5, had Hosszu already been faster this season.
Wojciech Wojdak went 3:47.16 6 to win the men’s 400 free, hitting the #3 time in the world this year. Also rising to #3 was Danas Rapsys, who took the men’s 200 back in 1:57.08. Yahor Dodaleu won the 50 fly in 23.59, which hits #5 in the world ranks.