Sarah Sjöström Lowers Own Championship Record in 50m Fly


Clocking a swift 24.60, World Record-holder Sarah Sjöström of Sweden lowered the 50 meter butterfly World Championship meet record she had owned since August 2015 on Saturday night in Budapest. Sjöström broke the record twice in Kazan in 2015, settling it at 24.96 with her gold-medal performance. In Budapest, her three swims en route to winning a second consecutive gold medal were:

  • 25.25 in heats
  • 25.30 in the semi-final
  • 24.60 in the final

Sjöström won the 50 fly on Saturday by a margin of nearly 8/10 of a second. Ranomi Kromowidjojo of Netherlands went a personal-best 25.38 to pick up the silver medal, while Egypt’s Farida Osman lowered her own African record for the third time to take home bronze in 25.39.

Sjöström owns all ten of the top performances in history, all of which are the only sub-25s ever.

Fastest Performances Ever
1 Sarah Sjöström 24.43
2 Sarah Sjöström 24.60
3 Sarah Sjöström 24.69
4 Sarah Sjöström 24.76
5 Sarah Sjöström 24.87
6 Sarah Sjöström 24.90
7 Sarah Sjöström 24.95
8 Sarah Sjöström 24.95
9 Sarah Sjöström 24.96
9 Sarah Sjöström 24.96


Fastest Performers Ever
1 Sarah Sjöström 24.43
2 Therese Alshammar 25.07
3 Fran Halsall 25.20
4 Jeanette Ottesen 25.24
5 Marleen Veldhuis 25.28
6 Lu Ying 25.37
7 Ranomi Kromowidjojo 25.38
8 Farida Osman 25.39
9 Kelsi Worrell 25.48
10 Marieke D’Cruz 25.48




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6 years ago

This deserves almost as much praise as her 50 free time. 24.6! Will any other women break that in the next 10 years, let alone 24.43?

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