Sarah Sjostrom Clocks 23.12 SCM 50 Free As 4th Fastest Swim Ever


  • Tuesday, November 2nd – Sunday, November 7th
  • Aquatics Palace, Kazan, Russia
  • SCM (25m)
  • Prelim Recap
  • Results

Swedish Olympian Sarah Sjostrom‘s elbow appears to be just fine as the 28-year-old just blasted a new meet record at the 2021 European Short Course Championships.

Sjostrom stopped the clock at a super speedy mark of 23.12 to grab the women’s 50m freestyle gold ahead of Polish ace Kasia Wasick and Russia’s Maria Kameneva who finished with respective efforts of 23.49 and 23.72 for respective silver and bronze.

For Sjostrom, her outing here in Kazan overtook the previous Championships mark of 23.30 she held herself from the 2017 edition in Copenhagen. She also won gold there before opting out of the 2018 meet in Glasgow.

Sjostrom owns the Swedish national record at her lifetime best of 23.00 from the 2017 FINA World Cup Series, so tonight’s gold medal-winning outing was just .12 outside of that.

In fact, her performance here tonight checks in as the 5th fastest performance in history.

As a reminder, Sjostrom broke her elbow while slipping on ice earlier this year and grinded out the rehab to make it to the Olympic Games where she snagged 50m free silver.

Top 5 Women’s SCM 50 Freestyle Performances All-Time

  1. 22.93, Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) 2017
  2. 23.00 Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) 2017
  3. 23.05 Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) 2020
  4. 23.10 Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2017
  5. 23.12 Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 2021

On her performance, Sjostrom stated tonight, “It was a tough year, I’m really surprised with my best time of this season which is also a Championship Record. This is a great thing for me, I’ve never thought I would be back this fast.

After the Olympics, I took three weeks of a kind breakish as because of my injury, I couldn’t afford stopping with everything. It’s a great way to start this championship.”

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Awsi Dooger
10 months ago

She needed 2 more months. I remember posting that before Tokyo. I also broke my elbow in February, at 17 years old in two places smack on the joint. There was a vast different between strength and pain level in late summer compared to how it felt during the fall. Regardless, I’m still amazed at how well she fared in Tokyo. It’s the only time I’ve ever been glad that the Olympic program includes the 50 freestyle.

Last edited 10 months ago by Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
10 months ago

I think she would’ve medaled in the 100 FR had she not gone 3 rounds of the 100 FLY. And, considering how her flat starts were worse than C1’s and she had no easy speed in Tokyo, it’s remarkable how she pulled off a silver in the 50 FR.

Reply to  Awsi Dooger
10 months ago

Yes she and Chalmers could have done with 2-3 more months. Not sure that either of them would have won gold Hough. Chalmers probably yes.

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