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