Sjostrom Eventually Sees End Of 100 Fly As Part Of Swede’s Program


Tonight in Budapest, 23-year-old Olympic champion Sarah Sjostrom rocked a time of 55.53 in the women’s 100m butterfly to take gold in commanding fashion. The undisputed queen of this event, Sjostrom struck gold in Rio at the 2016 Olympic Games, collecting a shiny new world record of 55.48 in the process. Her time tonight was merely .05 off of that historic swim and the Swede now owns the top 11 performances of all time in the event.

Even in light of winning her 3rd consecutive world title in this event, her 4th overall, Sjostrom herself eventually sees an end to the 100 fly being a part of her ongoing program. Speaking with SportBladet, Sjostrom says, “You want a long career, so you may not be able to swim 5,000-6,000 meters per practice. Maybe in ten years, you may still me competing, but only at the shorter distances.”

Sjostrom pointed to the 50 fly and 50 free as her possible shorter events for the future, but, luckily for swim fans everywhere, that’s still a ways off. “I’m very pleased that the butterfly still feels good,” Sjostrom says of her signature stroke.

Look for Sjostrom to compete in the women’s 50 free, 50 fly and 100 free events, where she enters each as the top seed, setting up a possible 4-for-4 gold medal scenario should she put it all together in Budapest.

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Really is amazing how much she has accomplished at only 23 years of age

PK Doesn\'t Like His Long Name

Sjostrom and Beisel are the two current athletes where every time their age pops into an article I go to Wikipedia because it can’t *possibly* be true. They’ve both been around for so freaking long because they were so good as young teenagers.


I really hope she focuses on the 100free and 100fly for Tokyo. Maybe continue to focus in the 100free until Euro’s next year and try to drive the record into the 51 low’s and the 50free will follow. It will likely not take faster to hold off her challengers for this Olympiad- likely to be Comerford, Oleksiak, and the Campbells. This means that for 2019-2020, she can refocus on the 100fly. Now that we saw what she can do in the 100fly without practice, so her focus should be to try and take that event into 54’s for Rio. If she plays her cards right, she can push both events out of reach of the current stock of sprinters. I… Read more »


In 2014 twenty one years old Sarah Sjostrom swims 400free at 4:06 and never swam it again at major meets.
In two years after 1:54.08 she gave up on 200 considering it too tough.
And now when she makes 51.7 the 100 distance becomes too long.
If it was somebody else but not a world record holder in sprint Sarah Sjostrom I would think: what a lazy swimmer.


I guess if you are talented enough, you have that option! I’m sure many swimmers are envious.

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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