Sjöström again fast in prelims at Mare Nostrum Tour in Barcelona


The 2017 World Championships will start in Budapest in about 5 weeks and the international swim stars bring themselves into the right mood for fast races: Again Sarah Sjöström set a new meet record at the Mare Nostrum Tour in yesterday’s finals in the 50m freestyle with a sub-24 second time: she clocked 23,96 – only 0,13 seconds slower than her personal best time. Russia’s Yuliya Efimova showed a 2017 world-leading time of 2:19.83 in the 200m breaststroke in yesterday’s final – that falls just 0.72 shy of the 2:19.11 world record held by Rikke Pedersen.

Sarah Sjöström was incredibly fast for an early morning swim in the 50m butterfly, she set the swiftest time in prelims in 25,51, only she herself was faster during this competitive season. Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) touched with the second best time in 26,03 ahead of Penny Oleksiak (CAN) in 26,33.

Two women were sub 54 seconds in the 100m free: Of course Sarah Sjöström in 53,35 and Australia’s Cate Campbell in 53,85 – both are able to swim about one second faster, they are the two fastest women in this season.

The breaststroke ladies demonstrated relaxed two lanes, Jennie Johansson (SWE) finished her race with the quickest result (1:07,35) followed by Russia’s Yulia Efimova in 1:07,41.

20-year old Anton Chupkov (RUS) managed to dip under 2:10 in the 200m breaststroke: he was clocked at 2:09,99.

The eight A-finalists in the men’s 100m butterfly lie in a time span of 0.48 seconds, Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh was the fastest in 53.53.

Katinka Hosszu sets the fastest time in the 200 IM in 2:13,63. Sometimes it is not easy even for a world class IM swimmer like Hannah Miley (GBR) to make it into an A-final: She ranks 9th after prelims in 2:18,12, her season-best performance are 2:11,75.

Also fastest swimmers into the finals are:

50m backstroke women, Emily Seebohm (AUS), 28,42 (100m backstroke on Tuesday in 58,99 – 58,63 is her season best time)
50m breastroke men, Kirill Prigoda (UKR), 27,45 (Chupkov won the 100m yesterday in 59,39)
400m IM men, Tomas Elliott (AUS), 4:28,75
100m backstroke men, Mitch Larkin (AUS), 55,17
50m freestyle men, Bruno Fratus (BRA), 22,36
200m backstroke women, Emily Seebohm (AUS) 2:12,47
200m butterfly women, An Sehyeon (South Corea), 2:10,59
200m freestyle men, Aleksandr Krasnyhk (RUS), 1:48,35
400m freestyle women: Veronika Popova (RUS), 4:11,13




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Well, well. We might just get the Sjostrom vs C1 battle we’ve been waiting for this year. Top 2 qualifiers for 100m freestyle, and streets ahead of the rest. C1 is rested here as well, as she opted out of the 200m freestyle. Surprisingly, Olesniak is in the 100m freestyle B finals. She was put in a quick heat with C1 and several other top sprinters, and just missed the top 8. It can be put down to an untidy heat swim, if she swims well in the B finals. No doubt C1 would have been happy to see off the challenge this morning. The usual suspects all made the 100m freestyle finals, would expect all of them to go… Read more »


You are saying Kromo and Penny aren’t the usual suspects? Last two Olympic champs!!! That field was stacked especially compared to other events!!


Speaking of C2, going by Taylor McKeown’s IA story, looks like C2’s shoulder / nerve, might have flared up again or they were taking preventative measures yesterday by giving her acupuncture between prelims / finals. But count me in on looking forward to the 100m final, it should be a cracker.

Like you SPF, as an Aussie of course I’m biased towards them, but the way Sarah has been on fire this year, I definitely wouldn’t be disappointed if she dominates the WCs like she has so far. If an Aussie can’t win then I’m definitely all for the Swedes which have been consistent over the years to go well.


Wonder if SS regrets swimming the 200 in Rio. Just asking given the lackluster results of the 50 / 100.


Don’t think so. She got her 100 butterfly gold, it was all that really mattered as she had no olympic medals before. 200 free lost only against someone who may end up the best female swimmer of all time. She’ll be fine with her choice I’m sure. Next Olympics she can sprint. 🙂


Silver in the 200, bronze in the 100 free for a few hundredths…
I don’t know if this can be considered luckluster but above all I remind well all the dozens comments in this site, from 2014 to last year, with the hope to watch Sjostrom in the 200 free at Rio.


No. She wanted the 100 fly and the schedule was perfect for 200 glory at this olympics. She got the silver and actually gained on Ledecky the last 50… She got the gold she missed out on in London due to illness before the games. Now it is a new focus from now on until Tokyo. No regrets, new goals.


Were it a case of C1 on top of her game vs the current SS, it would indeed be a mouth-watering prospect but sadly this is not what we’re looking at. Yes. C1 was the only other one sub54 but she was still 0.5sec back rather than matching SS. Whilst its extremely likely we’ll see another significantly sub53 from SS, its hard to see C1 … or anyone else within 0.75sec of her and it would be a significant surprise (albeit a pleasant one) if anyone else threatened the 53sec barrier although its quite an accomplished A final field with Coleman, Heemskirk & Mainville rounding out the field For the Aussies, they’d actually be more interested at what times their… Read more »


Perhaps Sjostrom vs C1’s WR battle..


17 years ago Inge was ripping out times like 24 53.8 & 56.8 fly on the Euro circuit .


After his 100, I think Chupkov could go *very* fast tonight. The Russians look like they have come her from a good camp.

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