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

Holy Luca Spinazzoli Batman…

Markster

That’s pretty fast

Swimmerfromoverseas

She will brake the record come WC

tea rex

No brakes! Both feet on the gas!

Prickle

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

Fins not flippers

Swimmmer

He’s right. Flipper is a dolphin.

ERVINFORTHEWIN

lol

Bigly

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

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 🙂

About Karl Ortegon

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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