2017 SWIM OPEN STOCKHOLM
- Saturday, April 8 – Tuesday, April 11, 2017
- Stockholm, Sweden
- Live results
After putting up world-leading times in the 50 and 100 fly earlier this weekend, Swedish star Sarah Sjöström has posted her most impressive swim of the meet. Winning the 50 free tonight, she blasted a 23.83 for a new Swedish national record. The old record was a 23.88 from Therese Alshammar back in 2009.
Sjöström’s old personal best was a 23.98 from back in 2014. This morning, she went 24.01 in the prelims, signaling that there was more to come tonight. This is only the second time that she’s broken the 24-second barrier, and only the third time a Swedish woman has broken 24 seconds in this event.
Her 24.01 from prelims tied her January world-leading time. Now, with her 23.83, she puts herself even more ahead as the fastest swimmer in the world this year.
Sjöström’s 50 free in Rio was her most disappointing race, as she won medals in the 100 and 200 free and gold in the 100 fly, but failed to make the 50 free A final. With her time from today, she would have won Olympic gold by more than two tenths of a second, a considerable margin in the shortest Olympic race in the sport.
More impressively, this is the second-fastest time in history, and the fastest swim since Germany’s Britta Steffen’s world record from eight years ago.
50 free all-time top performances
- Britta Steffen 23.73 (2009)
- Sarah Sjöström 23.83 (2017)
- Cate Campbell 23.84 (2016)
- Therese Alshammar 23.88 (2009)
- Cate Campbell 23.93 (2016)