Sarah Sjöström Blasts 2nd-Fastest-Ever 23.83 50 Free in Stockholm

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.

2016-2017 LCM WOMEN 50 FREE

SarahSWE
SJOSTROM
07/29
23.67*WR
2Ranomi
KROMOWIDJOJO
NED23.8507/30
3Simone
MANUEL
USA23.9707/30
4Pernille
BLUME
DEN24.0007/30
5Bronte
CAMPBELL
AUS24.4307/29
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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

  1. Britta Steffen 23.73 (2009)
  2. Sarah Sjöström 23.83 (2017)
  3. Cate Campbell 23.84 (2016)
  4. Therese Alshammar 23.88 (2009)
  5. Cate Campbell 23.93 (2016)

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Onehandtouch
4 years ago

Holy Luca Spinazzoli Batman…

Markster
4 years ago

That’s pretty fast

Swimmerfromoverseas
4 years ago

She will brake the record come WC

tea rex
Reply to  Swimmerfromoverseas
4 years ago

No brakes! Both feet on the gas!

Prickle
Reply to  Swimmerfromoverseas
4 years ago

She has already done his. The time shown by Britta Steffen was an assisted swimming. There is no principle difference in terms of being assisted between swimming with flippers or in high-tech suits. In each case they affect human ability to move in the water. All records deserve recognition but we should differentiate between them and don’t mess with them. The most natural speed records at different distances belong to Sarah Sjostrom, Cate Campbell, Allison Schmitt and Katie Ledecky.

Prickle
Reply to  Prickle
4 years ago

Fins not flippers

Swimmmer
Reply to  Prickle
4 years ago

He’s right. Flipper is a dolphin.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Swimmmer
4 years ago

lol

Bigly
Reply to  Prickle
4 years ago

Get over it. It was legal at the time. Just like back foot wedges and backstroke wedges and a dolphin kick on the breastroke pullout are now.

Prickle
Reply to  Bigly
4 years ago

I don’t dispute medals won. But who do you think will win if the rubber suit record holder and textile suit record holder race against each other naked 🙂

S L
4 years ago

Stunning

Sean S
4 years ago

I guess focusing on the 50 more than the 200 has paid off. I’m excited to see how this translates to the 100 as well. Penny, Simone, C2, Sarah, & Kromo make it one of the best events.

Joe
4 years ago

Looking good, her start is improved and her stroke rate is much higher than before. Most of her focus right now is on freestyle technique and not butterfly. Interesting to see 100 tomorrow.

Prickle
Reply to  Joe
4 years ago

So glad for her. “Sleeping Beauty”. Finally woke up to become a Princess. The fastest ever female in swimming. It is really something. The question is if she can stay at this great form for the next three months. She was in great shape in freestyle last April but couldn’t show it in Rio. Maybe tough schedule or time zone difference or southern hemisphere but she missed her gold medals in freestyle. Now she will racing practically at home. Good luck.

NYJOHN
Reply to  Prickle
4 years ago

Swimming all those useless (for Sweden) relay prelims and finals took out a lot, and 50 free was on the last day.

Joe
Reply to  Prickle
4 years ago

100 fly and 200 free were focused on in Rio and she nailed them with PB’s, Ledecky aside having to settle for a silver. 50 & 100 free against the specialists after 10+ hard races was way too much to handle. But now it’s focus on 50 instead of 200. 100 free kinda in between, I think it will be her toughest race in Budapest all things considered.

Sarah has never won a global gold(long course) in freestyle so it’s not easy to see where her motivation comes from.

Joe
Reply to  Joe
4 years ago

Not hard* to see where motivation comes from I meant obviously.

NYJOHN
Reply to  Prickle
4 years ago

She did show it in Rio. Breaking WRs twice, winning 100 fly, medaling in both 100 and 200 free.

Swimming all those relays took the toll. No other swimmer swam more than she did.

xenon
4 years ago

It’s amazing that on the women’s side, there are only 4 rubber suit records left and 3 of those are within a tenth of a second of the best textile swim. A lot people couldn’t have imagined this back in 2009.

xenon
Reply to  xenon
4 years ago

it’s 5 individual records not 4. I forgot about the dumb 200 fly.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  xenon
4 years ago

Yeah, that one’s not going anywhere for a while it looks like. Way out ahead of the rest of the world, currently.

Prickle
Reply to  xenon
4 years ago

Six.
Freestyle: 50, 200, 4×200
Backstroke: 50, 100
Fly: 200

anonymoose
Reply to  Prickle
4 years ago

4×200 individual much?

O_O
Reply to  xenon
4 years ago

The women’s suits didn’t change nearly as much as the men’s. Men went from a full body to a jammer. Women just lost the zipper, polyurethane coating, and the knees to the ankles. I guess you could say that the arms have been eliminated as well, but I don’t remember many swimmers using those.

john26
Reply to  O_O
4 years ago

I wouldn’t say that the rubber suits helped men more. If you look at times over the last 7 years, the textile times that women have been swimming have increased significantly across the board. Notable examples include the number of sub52’s in the 100free (Remember that 53.4 won in 2011), sub59’s in the 100back (There were none until 2012), 200IM.

On the men’s side, the only event has seems to have made a whole lot of progress are the breaststrokes (58’s and 59’s are a lot more common place, and we’ve seen the number of men under 2:08 in the double digits) and to a lesser extent, the 100m free.

Prickle
Reply to  O_O
4 years ago

It maybe true, to explain so many men’s records from 2008-2009 era. But it also true that high-tech suits improved swimmer’s performance in average by 1.5-2%. And that is what women swimming made during last seven years. Golden Age with so many outstanding names (won’t list them in order not to make anybody offended). Practically nobody of such magnitude on men’s side. Adam Peaty and maybe Ryan Murphy are the only exceptions.

NYJOHN
Reply to  Prickle
4 years ago

I agree. Female swimmers produced all time greats in the past 7 years in almost every event, with the exception of 200 fly.
Women’s 200 fly is long overdue to create a big leap.

Dee
4 years ago

Well, I hold my hands up on this one, I never saw Sjöström being as great over 50 Free as others on these boards, but I’ll happily say I was way off!

The additional 50 speed could rock her 100 into another orbit!

Bigly
Reply to  Dee
4 years ago

She’s been 24.43 in the 50 fly. Why is a 23.8 so shocking for free?

NYJOHN
Reply to  Bigly
4 years ago

Well, for one they are different strokes/events.
Just because you are so great in 50 fly, it does not necessarily translate linearly to great 50 free. After all, only Sarah can swim using that technique all the way in 50 fly while there are probably at least a dozen girls who can swim 50 free the way Sarah does.

Let’s take an example from another Swedish swimmer a decade her senior: Anna Karin Kammerling.
Kammerling broke 50m fly WR a total of 7 times: 3 long course and 4 SCM.
Kammerling’s last WR was 25.57 which stood for 5 years before being broken by Alshammar. In 2002, that 25.57 was really great time. And yet, Kammerling… Read more »

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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