Sarah Sjostrom Takes 200 Free Swedish Record, 5th Fastest All-Time


Tonight’s women’s 200 free was one of the most anticipated races of the week, and Sarah Sjostrom and Katie Ledecky did not disappoint. Both, mind-bogglingly, were battling for Olympic gold in their “off-event,” and the ensuing race kept us on our toes to the very end.

Sjostrom ended up second with a new Swedish record 1:54.08, taking down her previous 1:54.31 from the 2015 Kazan World Championships, a relay lead-off that led her team to a fourth-place finish.

You can see a split comparison between the two swims below:

Swim 50 100 150 200
2015 World Champs 26.72 55.51 (28.79) 1:25.18 (29.67) 1:54.31 (29.13)
2016 Olympics 26.84 55.86 (29.02) 1:24.95 (29.09) 1:54.08 (29.13)

Sjostrom’s time tonight was the fifth-fastest 200 freestyle all-time, with two of the top performances being from the suit-era. The top five fastest women’s all-time 200 freestyles are below:

In This Story

Leave a Reply

Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

About Hannah Hecht

Hannah Hecht

Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

Read More »