Sjostrom, Chupkov Impress On Day 1 Of Swim Open Stockholm

2018 Swim Open Stockholm

The opening day of the 2018 Swim Open Stockholm is in the books, as European swimmers look to book their ticket to the European Championships later this year.

The most notable swim of the day came from hometown favorite Sarah Sjostrom, as she won the 50 fly by almost a full second in 25.11. That is just .04 off her world leading 25.07 from January. Belgium’s Kimberly Buys earned the runner-up spot in 26.08.

Reigning world champion Anton Chupkov of Russia won his signature event in the men’s 200 breast, using his patented back half to beat out Sweden’s Erik Persson. Chupkov split 1:03.3/1:04.7 en route to the win in 2:08.07, while Persson was 2nd in 2:09.36. Chupkov’s time puts him 3rd in the world, just .02 off of James Wilby‘s winning time at the Commonwealth Games earlier today.

Other notable names picking up wins came from Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys, Poland’s Konrad Czerniak, and Germany’s Sarah Kohler. Rapsys won the men’s 200 back in 1:56.84, with Russian Grigory Tarasevich 2nd in 1:58.52. Czerniak won a tight one in the 50 fly, clocking 23.62 to get by Joeri Verlinden (23.64) of the Netherlands. Kohler had a dominant win in the 1500, cracking the 16:00 barrier in 15:59.83. Lichtenstein’s Julia Hassler claimed 2nd in 16:24.65.

Along with Kohler, Germany got two other wins on the day in the men’s 400 free and women’s 200 free. Henning Mühlleitner won the men’s event in 3:46.98 over his countryman Florian Wellbrock (3:47.17), while Annika Bruhn took the 200 free in 1:58.71 over Russian Daria Ustinova (1:58.85).

The other winner on the night was Finland’s Mimosa Jallow, who was the only women sub-28 in the 50 back in 27.96.

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Sarah is not in the same shape this year. I think that she peaked in 2016-2017. It will be downhill from here. She is so dominant in 50 fly though so is going to win WC 2019. Maybe make the finals in 2020, 50/100 free and 100 fly but no medals and then quit.


Well based on what? A bit of opinion and a lot less fact… I recall a shitload of assumptions being made about C1 last year and look at her now…


I don’t think this post will age well this weekend.


You’re probably a hater that’s jealous of her success!


I like such doomsday type of predictions. It makes me happy that I’m a lucky exception who is still alive.
Yes, how other than quitting can possibly Sarah picture herself at the age of 25.
And look at these Campbell’s sisters. Don’t they know the rules. Very immature.

Eric Lahmy

The truth is nobody knows. I imagine Sarah does not have to fight Manuel and the Campbells this year and prefers not to go too fast, only for the Europe, and will try to go faster in 2019 and faster than faster in 2020. Nobody knows but I think she has a future. And I like to think this way. She is a swell swimmer and person.

science geek

1:03.3 1:04.7??? Incredible even splitting.


Russian Trials or European a 2:06 low-mid might even be possible.. I don´t think he is giving 100% here seems he found the “perfect” balance for a 200 Breast

Human Ambition

Agreed upon! I almost went for a Hot Dog, but am happy that I stayed in the seat.


How can the fastest time in the world this year not get more recognition?
Sarah Kohler lowered the German National record, swam under 16 min and is the fastest female swimmer so far this year. To me that is more impressive then Sarah Sjostrom’s 50 fly

Human Ambition

She was really grinding good.

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James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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