RACE VIDEO: Watch Sarah Sjostrom Break European Record in Women’s 100 Fly

Thanks to bobo gigi for chasing down this video.

Full day 1 finals recap here.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom swam the second-fastest 100 meter butterfly in history on Saturday at the 2015 Sette Colli Trophy in Rome, posting a 56.04. The record was hers, and she was only a hair faster than her 2009 56.04, but will be relieved to have broken a six-year drought unable to go a personal best in the event.

The swim also left her only .06 seconds shy of the World Record.

In the above video, we can see that Sjostrom drives forward with an ease and power and very little sign of fatigue into the finishing wall.

While the time is impressive, the stroke is very different than the one she used last year to demolish the World Record in the 50 fly. The two races side-by-side show just how differently the 50 fly technique is evolving from the 100 fly technique – a phenomenon greater in this than in any other stroke

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Lane Four
5 years ago

WOW!!!!! Fifty-five seconds flat here comes Sarah Sjostrom!

5 years ago

Wow, she glided in on her last stroke, too. A better finish and she would have had the WR.

bobo gigi
5 years ago

I appreciate the effort. 😳
Thanks. 😉

Here’s Dana Vollmer’s gold medal and world record in London.
Total domination
I’m not a specialist but her finish looks awful. She glides so much. How much time has she lost in your opinion? 1 or 2 or 3 tenths of second? Could she add another stroke? Or has she taken the right decision? That’s a detail, we’ll remember the gold medal in 20 years, not the time, but I remember watching live the race and thinking at the end “oh no, too bad that bad finish!”

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

Well remember the time, too. Vollmer was the first one under 56 seconds, in a time that would have almost won the gold medal in the 100 free only a couple decades earlier.

Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

Yes, Vollmer’s finish seems to have been even worse than Sarah did in her swim yesterday. Lost definitely more than a tenth of a second, probably closer to 3 tenths.

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