Olympic Champion Sarah Sjostrom Opts Out Of Short Course World C’ships

Olympic champion Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden has announced via Instagram that she will no longer be competing at the 2018 Short Course World Championships in Hangzhou, China this December. The 25-year-old sprint ace will still compete at the three upcoming FINA World Cup Series stops in Beijing, Tokyo and Singapore, with her final competition of the year being that of the Energy For Swim in Turin December 20th-21st.

Last August, Sjostrom was pre-nominated to the Swedish roster for Hangzhou along with Louise Hansson, Sophie Hansson, Victor Johansson and Erik Persson.

After winning Short Course World Championships titles in the 200m free, 50m fly and 100m fly in 2014 in Doha, Sjostrom skipped the 2016 edition in Windsor. Picking up 200m free gold that year was Italy’s Federica Pellegrini, while Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen and Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu won gold in the women’s 50m and 100m fly events, respectively.

Sjostrom currently ranks #1 in the world in the SCM 50m fly (24.61) and 200m free (1:51.60), while also ranking #2 across the 50m free (23.36), 100m free (51.21) and 100m fly (54.91).

You can read the Swede’s Instagram announcement in full below:

 

 

 

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Troy
3 years ago

No one cares about SCM or SCY besides Americans.

Swimjon
3 years ago

I am not surprised. She is incredible while swimming, but has a lot to improve in the start and in underwaters. Admitted as much when losing to Kelsi Dahlia recently. Her goal is firmly set on Tokyo and worlds LCM is a stepping stone. She has won so much, set so many records but she wants olympic golds. Better spend time to improve LCMtechnique than splashing around in chine even if it is worlds.

Scribble
3 years ago

I don’t remember. Did Phelps ever swim a SCM Worlds?

Ecoach
Reply to  Scribble
3 years ago

He swam SC Worlds in Indianapolis in 2004.

Superfan
3 years ago

Have you seen the USA roster for sc Worlds? I haven’t!

Swimming4silver
Reply to  Superfan
3 years ago

yea, right, no roster has been revealed yet.

joe
Reply to  Swimming4silver
3 years ago

anyone know when? It’s like two months away. Really I mostly want to see Dressel race a tapered SCM meet…

Hswimmer
Reply to  joe
3 years ago

Kelsi dahlia should be first or second in fly events now with Ikee

Swimjon
Reply to  Hswimmer
3 years ago

This championship will be noticed by absentees as much as those who swim…

Skoorbnagol
3 years ago

Clearly not to interested in ‘titles’ beyond Olympic and world LC.
Make money, she could easily compete at world SC and still prepare for worlds long course.
How’s got there priorities right ?
Make money on World Cup and skip worlds ?
Skip World Cup/money and go worlds?
Either way swimming loses.
Bet chad does the lot.

Superfan
Reply to  Skoorbnagol
3 years ago

She is swimming for Energy Standard. They have plenty of money….don’t feel for her losing out on Worlds prize money. She is doing a lot of travel. Her schedule isbalot to handle

Joe
Reply to  Superfan
3 years ago

World Cup money is substantially larger than SCW money.

And she already said she’s swimming the World Cup for money. Will make something like $700k last year and this, money she’s using to buy apartments for her siblings(her words).

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Joe
3 years ago

exactly said guys

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Skoorbnagol
3 years ago

that criticism misses the point completely – she does not care what u think is best for here – thats 100 % sure .

Swoman
3 years ago

I don’t get it. she must have more money than she needs cuz I would imagine that her sponsors are not happy about this.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Swoman
3 years ago

she is free to feel what is right anyway ….so she is strong to do so

Coach John
Reply to  Swoman
3 years ago

she trains with energy standard in turkey…. seems like a kinda easy decision for her to swim at their sponsored meet.

Bear drinks beer
Reply to  Coach John
3 years ago

I think some Energy Standard swimmers will swim at both, such as Le Clos and Kolesnikov.

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