Sarah Sjostrom & Therese Alshammar Will Make Race Returns This Week in Canet

Mare Nostrum Series – Canet

  • June 1-2, 2021
  • Centre de Natation Arlette Franco, Canet-en-Roussillon, France
  • Long Course Meters (50 meters)
  • Psych Sheets

Beginning on Tuesday, in Canet, France, the seconds stop of the Mare Nostrum Series will kick off in Canet, France.

The meet will serve as a comeback event for two major Swedish stars. One is Sarah Sjostrom, who hasn’t raced since breaking her elbow in early February, which required surgery and months of rehab.

The other is 43-year old Swedish swimming legend Therese Alshammar, who is entered in the 50 free with a seed time of 25.80, which makes her the 16th seed (behind the top-seeded Sjostrom, who is also the World Record holder in the event).

If she races, this will be her first official competition swim since November of 2016, where she raced at the Swedish National Championships a week after announcing that the meet would be her last. She finished 2nd at that meet in a short course 25.13.

Before the rise of Sjostrom, Alshammar was the biggest star of swimming in Sweden. She won 3 medals at the 2000 Olympic Games, including silvers individually in the 50 free and 100 free and bronze as part of the country’s 400 free relay.

That was the second of 6 Olympic Games for her, making her the first (and still only) female swimmer to participate in 6 Olympic Games. At her last Olympics, in 2016, she raced the 50 free and finished 15th. She was also the flag bearer for Sweden at the opening ceremonies that year.

Alshammar won her first national short course title in 1991, the 50 backstroke, and would go on to compete at the international level for 25 years.

She took a break from her racing career in 2013 to give birth to her son Fred before returning to the sport to train toward Tokyo.

Since retirement, Alshammar has appeared on television several times, including in the celebrity dance competition show Let’s Dance.

Sjostrom, the current queen of Swedish swimming, reacted to the news of Alshammar’s return on social media, captioning the post with “Goals”. Sjostrom, who won her first World Championship gold medal in 2009 at age 14, is currently 27 years old.

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SwimJon
3 months ago

interesting in so many ways. Just imagine if Sweden actually could rest Sarah S in the heats for relays, but the 100 has that horrible piano waiting for you…

Ghost
3 months ago

Theresa’s husband coached Sarah before Sarah went to Turkey to train with Energy Standard it might still coach her when she is back in Sweden!?!?! During pandemic and during rehab from injury, I imagine she has been back home.

Jont
Reply to  Ghost
3 months ago

Yes, he is also the boss of the Swedish national training center.

Dee
3 months ago

Alshammar is back?! One of my favourite swimmers ever… How did I not know this, so excited!

Jont
Reply to  Dee
3 months ago

Cus it was announced today when the start lists were out! She was keeping it to herself.

Dee
Reply to  Jont
3 months ago

Fair play to her, stuff like this usually trickles out at some point. Made my day; Hope it goes well 🤞🏻

Last edited 3 months ago by Dee
Yozhik
Reply to  Dee
3 months ago

That is what Mare Nostrum is becoming this season.
It was the only way to make Dee excited about it 😀

ooo
Reply to  Dee
3 months ago

Impeccable taste.

stam
Reply to  Dee
3 months ago

maybe theres a chance we can see Lars Frolander as well 😉

Hswimmer
3 months ago

Yes!! Pulling a Dara Torres

Lil Swimmy
3 months ago

therese alshamar? *removes cigarette* haven’t heard that name in years

Hans Witolla
3 months ago

Wow, I thought that was a typo or an archived article. Good for her.

Joris Bohnson
3 months ago

Woaaa

MTK
3 months ago

So exciting seeing more swimmers 35+ coming out of retirement and/or ripping great times. 30 isn’t really all that old in swimming anymore…maybe for distance it is, but 50 and 100 swimmers seem to have a great deal of longevity if they are prepared to keep putting in the work and maybe change up training intensities/frequencies a little bit.

Yozhik
Reply to  MTK
3 months ago

Alshamnar isn’t 35+ she is 43+. Quite a difference. I think she came with Sarah to this meet to help/support her.

MTK
Reply to  Yozhik
3 months ago

I’m aware she’s 43. Just expressing my admiration for athletes still being great when they’re theoretically past their prime.

Why would she come to race at a swim meet to support Sara? I’m sure she could be doing an endless number of things with her time. It sounds like she’s training because she still has a desire to perform at a high level.

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