Watch race video above, courtesy of Zemsporttv.
After Swedish swimmer Sarah Sjostrom obliterated the World Record in the women’s 50 fly last year, there were some whispers, though not loud ones, that her swim at an outdoor pool might have been wind-aided as an explanation for one of the contextually-best sprint swims we’ve had in the last decade.
On Sunday, in Eindhoven, though, Sjostrom validated that swim with a 24.69 in the women’s 50 fly semi-final. That not only leads the world in 2015, but is the second-fastest performance in history behind her own 24.43 World Record.
At still just 21-years old, Sjostrom now has the 4-fastest times in history, and all of the times under 25 seconds. Between her and fellow Swede Therese Alshammar, the Scandanavian country now owns 7 out of the 8 fastest performances in history.
Top 10 women’s 50 flys ever:
- Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden, 24.43 (2014
- Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden, 24.69 (2015)
- Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden, 24.87 (2014)
- Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden, 24.98 (2014)
- Therese Alshammar, Sweden, 25.07 (2009)
- Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden, 25.12 (2014)
- Fran Halsall, Great Britain, 25.20 (2014)
- Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden, 25.23 (2014)
- Jeanette Ottesen, Denmark, 25.24 (2013)
- Marleen Veldhuis, Netherlands, 25.28 (2009)
All 10 of those performances reside in a relatively tiny region in Northern and Western Europe – a peculiar density given the typical geographic diversity of women’s top 10 lists like this.
The finals followed shortly after (50 meter semis and finals are swum in the same session), and Sjostrom was just 25.59 in that round – with still a significant margin to win. She swam that race just a few moments after breaking a Swedish Record in the 100 back. A full recap will come at the conclusion of the race.