Swedish star Jennie Johansson set a new Swedish record on Friday in the prelims in the 100 breaststroke at the Australian National Championships in Adelaide. Johansson was the top qualifier in the event posting a time of 1:06.63 bettering her own previous national record time of 1:06.68, which she put up in the prelims of the 2013 Australian National Championships.
Her time places her 10th in the world rankings.
Johansson has had a good year. She won the women’s 50 breaststroke at the World Championships in Kazan posting a time of 30.05, which broke her own national record of 30.23 that she put up at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona. She also finished seventh in the 100 breaststroke in Kazan and ended the year with the world’s second fastest time in the 50 breaststroke and seventh fastest time in the 100 breaststroke.
Johansson still has some work to do to contend for a spot on the podium in Rio. If Johansson and her Australian coach Glenn Baker can figure out a way to take advantage of her great drop dead speed and develop a stronger second 50 meters she will have a chance at a medal this summer.